Northants Cricket lost a good friend and devoted supporter on Thursday morning with the death of John Scopes at the age of 69.
John served on the County's general committee - and subsequently the board of directors - for 22 years, being elected for the first time in 1991 and only standing down earlier this year.
He was a long-time member of the club's cricket sub-committee and succeeded Roy Virgin as its chairman in 2002. He remained at the helm until that sub-committee was phased out a couple of years later.
John had earlier played an important role in recreational cricket in the county, acting as vice-chairman of the Northamptonshire Cricket Association and then chairing the Northamptonshire Cricket Council which eventually evolved into the County Board.
But his longest and most abiding cricketing passion was for Isham Cricket Club - which he served as player, administrator and officer for virtually his entire adult life. His 'double act' with Stuart Hardy has been the stuff of legend on the local scene for decades.
Everyone at Wantage Road wishes to send sincere condolences to John's family and many friends.