Tributes for Flatts star Woolridge
Former Flatts Victoria Cricket Club all-rounder Brandon Woolridge was laid to rest after a home-going service at the Open Door Christian Assembly in St David’s yesterday.
The late cricketer, who was in his 63rd year, spent his entire career at Flatts, where his superb all-round cricket prowess earned the admiration and respect of team-mates and rivals alike.
“Brandon served Flatts very well as a medium-fast bowler and an aggressive middle-order batsman,” Dennis Wainwright, the former Flatts wicketkeeper-batsman, said.
“He was a very good all-rounder and his fielding was immaculate. He had a very strong arm and was very quick in the field.
“Brandon had a very good spirit and was a team person. I don’t recall him ever giving the captain any problems and he was one that would listen and learnt very quickly how to play the game.”
Woolridge started his career at Flatts in the 1970s and continued through to the Nineties, during which time he made several appearances for the club in the Eastern Counties competition.
“We recognised when he first came in at a young age that he had a lot of fire and energy,” Wainwright said.
“He was very fast and had a very good arm and later we discovered he was a medium-fast bowler, so it wasn’t long before he was in the team where his brother McDonald was already there.
“Brandon was born in Smith’s Parish and comes from a family that has strong ties with Flatts. One time ago Flatts was made of Wainwrights, Woolridges and Pearmans, and we were very fortunate because each of the families had four or five boys.
“I played with Brandon in my later years when I went back to Flatts from St George’s. He always had this big smile and I can still see him smiling now.
“When he stopped playing you noticed the void in the team and he is a real miss to Flatts.”
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