Somerset County Cricket Club is mourning the loss of former player Peter Wight who passed away recently at the age of 85.
Born in British Guiana on June 25th 1930, Peter was a stylish top order right handed batsman and an occasional off spinner, who scored 16,965 runs for Somerset during his 13 years with the Club, a total bettered only by Harold Gimblett.
Peter played cricket for British Guiana over the winter of 1950-51 and in 1953 he travelled to Burnley to play cricket in the Lancashire League. The 23 year old made such an impression playing for Burnley that he was recommenced to Somerset.
He was invited to travel to the County Ground, Taunton to play in the three-day game against the Australian touring side. In the first innings Peter was dismissed for a duck but in the second innings he made an unbeaten 109. On the strength of this performance he was offered a contract by Somerset.
In 1954, his first season with the Club, he scored 1343 first class runs in his 50 innings. He was a prolific run scorer and for the next 10 seasons topped 1000 runs. In two of these years he went on to exceed 2000.
Peter scored his career best 222* against Kent at the County Ground in 1959.
In 1960 he was the leading run scorer in the country with 2375 at an average of 41.66, which included seven centuries.
His occasional off spinners also netted him 62 first class wickets for Somerset, his best being against Derbyshire when skipper Harold Stephenson brought Peter on as his seventh bowler and he duly sent down 11 overs, seven of which were maidens as he took six for 29.
After he retired from playing Peter was appointed to the first class umpires list and between 1966 and 1995 he officiated in over 500 matches.
For 30 years Peter Wight ran a highly successful cricket school at Bath, where a young Marcus Trescothick, who is within touching distance of Peter’s batting record, was coached during his formative years.
Peter Wight was a great batsman and a true gentlemen and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Peter’s funeral will be held at The Forest of Dean Crematorium on Tuesday 19th January at 11.30am there will be drinks afterwards at The Chase Hotel, Ross-on-Wye.