Pawson passes away
Tony Pawson, who was Kent’s oldest surviving capped player, has died at the age of 91 following a brief illness.
The entertaining right-handed batsman played for the county as an amateur from 1946 to 1953. He was an outstanding amateur footballer, representing England in the immediate post-war period and as a member of the squad for the 1948 London Olympics. He became the world fly-fishing champion and was made an OBE for his services to angling.
Pawson made 69 first-class appearances, 43 for Kent, making 3,807 runs at an average of 37.32 with a highest score of 150.
Kent chief executive Jamie Clifford said: “The club is saddened to learn news of Tony Pawson’s passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends. Tony made a great contribution to Kent Cricket and many of our members have fond memories of watching him play at the St Lawrence Ground.”
Kent’s honorary curator David Robertson added: “Tony Pawson enjoyed his cricket, and set out to make sure spectators shared that enjoyment. I have many happy boyhood memories of his batting and fielding at Canterbury. His running between the wickets, especially with Godfrey Evans as his partner, was always an eagerly awaited feature of the game.”