Clive Rosevear Obituary, Death – We regret to inform you that former Cornwall Cricket League President Clive Rosevear passed away at the age of 88. On Monday, December 5, 2022, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, he passed away quietly. Ten days before, he had injured his hip after falling at home. “He contracted covid after being admitted to Treliske within a matter of days, and on top of everything else, that was the final straw,” his son Nick said. “As you know, he liked all sports, but his greatest passion was Cornish Cricket, which he played in as well as umpired, supported, and sponsored.”
The Clive Rosevear Cup will carry on his legacy, and rest confident that we will continue to support the Hawkey Cup. He liked the finals days and evenings because he got to catch up with friends from all over the County.” Clive was born on October 20, 1934, in Falmouth. He participated in league cricket in central Cornwall, and in 1969, he served as the Eastern Section Assistant Secretary of the League for a full season. After serving for 17 years, Eastern Secretary Charles Crouch announced his impending retirement.
The Eastern Committee split up all the different secretarial duties the following year. Clive began serving on the circuit for nine seasons as an Eastern Section panel umpire in 1980. Additionally, he played a key role in bringing the first foreign players from the West Indies. As very close friends with Kent manager Colin Paige, he frequently invited them out to dinner. Nick recalls that some of them, including John Shepherd among others, stayed with the family. a happy time! His business, Clive Rosevear Insurance, sponsored the Hawkey Cup, an Eastern KO competition, in 1993.
This has persisted to the present day, and if not for the cursed year, the final from last season would have marked the occasion’s 30th anniversary. The “Clive Rosevear Cup,” a 20-over competition for teams competing in Division Three or lower, was introduced in 2008. Clive was always present on finals day whether it was at Roche, Menheniot, his old club Gorran, or Lanhydrock because that competition is still well-liked. A successor was sought after Mike Buzza resigned as League President in 2011.
Clive was honored to accept the League’s invitation, and he assumed control of the position in January 2012. Before leaving in 2022, he was expected to serve in the job for exactly ten years. He expressed gratitude for his ten amazing years of service when he announced his retirement. Clive was a well-known face at the St. Austell Cricket Club’s annual finals night and was usually there for the subsequent WT Edwards Final, whether it was held in Wheal Eliza or Truro.
As the League’s leader, he did it justice. He participated in the presenting ceremonies at the big finals and went to Management Committee meetings. In addition to his regular local sites, St. Austell and Grampound Road, he would tour the county on Saturdays with his good friend and umpire Dave Higman, visiting as many of the top games as he could. Sadly, he lost his wife Joyce in the beginning of 2018. Following that, Covid went into lockdowns, and he would call me to express his unhappiness at not being allowed to go watch cricket or meet up with friends.
Although Clive had recently experienced some health issues, he was nevertheless keen to attend the different highlight events. He was still “on the ball” when I last spoke with him in the fall of 2022, which was in keeping with the dramatic Premier League relegation struggle of the previous campaign.