It is with great regret that we have to inform you of the passing of Mickey Carr, our groundsman and legendary player and umpire. Mickey joined Chobham CC in 1975/76 from West Byfleet and immediately impressed with his all round ability, although it was as an accurate, tireless spin bowler that Mickey really made his name. Mickey is the club’s leading wicket taker in the modern era with 453 wickets recorded on play-cricket and his records will surely never be broken. Mickey played his final game in 2016 and as recently as 2015 took 7 wickets in a 1st XI game against Caterham. Mickey took his dedication and love for the club to his duties as groundsman, always ensuring the ground was beautifully kept and producing pitches which had something for everyone. Mickey never let his standards slip and continued to work last summer and during lockdown when he was already very unwell. Mickey was also a qualified umpire, known across Surrey for his knowledge of the laws and spirit of the game. Off the pitch, generations of Chobham cricketers have enjoyed sharing a drink and a laugh with Mickey and benefitting from his insight. Our condolences are with Val and his family at this very sad time.
Out of respect to Mickey both Chobham XIs at home on Saturday and Sunday will be observing a minute’s silence and we will be working with Val on an appropriate way to celebrate Mickey’s life in due course. If anyone would like to leave a card for Val and the family, we will be collecting cards over the weekend.