Somerset CCC mourns the loss of Chris Greetham

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The flag at the Cooper Associates County Ground is flying at half mast today after the Club heard that former player Chris Greetham had passed away.

Christopher Herbert Millington Greetham was born in Wargrave, Berkshire on August 28th 1936 and he played for Somerset between 1957 and 1966.

He made 205 appearances for the County, scoring 6723 runs.  He made five 100′s and 33 fifties and achieved a highest score of 151*.  He also took 195 wickets at an average of just 28.35.

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Despite his passing, the family still has links to Somerset County Cricket Club with his Grandson William Tothill currently representing the County in the Under 14 age group.

The thoughts of everyone connected to the Club go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Details of his funeral arrangements will be posted on this site in due course.

In March 2015 we were lucky enough to meet with Chris and his former teammate Ken Palmer at the Somerset Cricket Museum to conduct an interview about a very special innings.  Here is that article in full:

Two former Somerset players were together again this week 50 years after they shared an impressive stand at Lord’s.

The pair were together again at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Wednesday as Chris Greetham donated a photograph of his century at Lord’s in 1965 to the Somerset Cricket Museum.  The man at the other end that day all those years ago was Ken Palmer and he was also on hand as the picture was handed over to museum curator David Wood.

In May 1965 Chris made 115 not out and Ken 83 not out as they amassed a fifth wicket partnership of 207* which is still Somerset’s highest fifth wicket partnership against Middlesex. The two came together with Somerset on 104 for 4 and moved the score on to 311 for 4 at the close of Day 1.

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Reflecting on his performance that day Chris said: “It was a great moment for me and to score a hundred at Lord’s is a great achievement.  We were struggling a bit when we came in but Ken and I batted well together.  Batting at number five, you never usually get a lot of time to bat on a good wicket so it was a day that I shall never forget.  It’s the ambition of every cricketer to get a hundred at Lord’s.”

It’s an occasion that also sticks in Ken Palmer’s memory: “As Chris said, it’s the sort of day you never forget. He was more of an attacking batsman than me and I think he would have earned a lot of money if he was around playing the short form of the game today! He was a fine striker of the ball. I enjoyed the day and holding the other end. I thought that if we got out we’d be through but he took charge and said just stick with me.  Those were my orders, so that’s what I did! I normally got my own way on the cricket field but I did what I was told to do by Chris on that occasion.”

In that match at Lord’s in 1965 Somerset won the toss, elected to bat and made 311 for 4 declared.  In reply Middlesex were dismissed or just 123 thanks to Ken taking 5 wickets for just 43 runs from 23.4 overs. Following on, Middlesex were 99 for 4 at the conclusion on the game which ended in a draw.

A copy of the scorecard from the match can be viewed by clicking here