Charles ‛Skeets’ Fubler (1948-2021)
Charles “Skeets” Fubler left behind a legacy as an outstanding leader and a “determined fighter” who refused to throw in the towel throughout a remarkable cricket career.
The former Willow Cuts and Somerset Cup Match all-rounder passed away on Monday at age 72.
Fubler played his entire league cricket career at Cuts, the majority of the time as captain.
“He is the best captain that I have ever played under,” nephew Dexter Basden, the former Willow Cuts and Somerset Cup Match captain, said. “He was an excellent skipper.”
Basden succeeded his uncle as the captain of Cuts, who helped to groom the leadership qualities he would go on to exemplify.
“He got me started with my trade as far as being a leader,” Basden added. “When I started out at 12, my brother [Richard] and I played under him. He basically set the tone for us, meaning the standard when you’re coming to training.
“We used to carry the mat out [for the concrete playing surface] and take it back it in — that was our role. And when they were short, we slotted in.”
Describing his uncle’s superb all-round skills, Basden said: “He was left-hander and a really good bat. And obviously he also bowled, so he was a good all-rounder.
“He was also an excellent fielder in the covers. One thing that really sticks out is that he loved to field. “Every time he won a toss, he always wanted to field out first. He always wanted to field and I don’t think we ever had a chance to bat.
“He always wanted to field because he said we had a team good enough to chase down runs, and most of the times we got the runs that were needed.”
Arguably the pinnacle of Fubler’s career was representing Somerset in the annual midsummer classic at Somerset in the late 1960s, playing under captain Randy Horton.
“Skeets was a very reliable middle-order batsman and also a very good left-arm orthodox bowler,” Horton said.
Fubler also featured in the Western Counties competition, which he had the honour of winning with his beloved Cuts.
“Skeets was a consistent player,” said El James, the former Warwick, Somerset Cup Match and Bermuda fast bowler. “He was always the same — a good spinner, a good bat that could make runs.
“He came from a family that had a proud legacy, so they were all proud and I think he was the oldest of them all.
“He was the leader normally for Willow Cuts and he was determined and a fighter that never gave up.”
Ricky Brangman, the former Southampton Rangers captain and present coach of St David’s County Cricket Club added: “I played my first Western Counties game for Rangers against him. He was captain of Willow Cuts and was a good all-rounder.
“He gave me some nice encouragement and told me to hang in there and we were good friends from there. In those days, those older guys always gave you good advice coming up.
“Very sad to hear he has passed and my condolences go out to his family and friends.”
O'Neil Virgil, the former Somerset Bridge opening batsman, had the pleasure of playing cricket and football alongside Fubler at the White Hill club.
“He was a great left-arm spinner, a very tidy bowler, and middle-order batsman,” Virgil said.
“I also played football at Somerset Eagles with him. He was a hard-tackling midfielder and was also my captain.”