Pavilion clock dedicated to former Harborough cricketer

Family of the late Les Tobin beneath the clock at Market Harborough Cricket Club NNL-150806-111119001
Family of the late Les Tobin beneath the clock at Market Harborough Cricket Club NNL-150806-111119001

The former president of a cricket club has been honoured by its members.

The new club clock at Market Harborough Cricket and Squash Club has been dedicated to the memory of the late club president Les Tobin.

A short ceremony was held before the start of the match between Market Harborough CC first team and Kibworth to dedicate the clock to Mr Tobin. As well as the team and club officers, members of the Tobin family and friends were present.

Club chairman, Steve Avil, said it was great to think that matches would be running to Les’s Clock, as he had played such a huge part in MHCC for more than 50 years, first as a player then as chairman and president.

During his time with the club he saw the club develop and was instrumental in helping to build the squash club. The first round of the Tobin Cup, the club’s men’s closed competition, took place on the same day.

Mr Avil added: “His legacy lives on all over the ground. Other projects he was involved with were the building of the clubhouse in the 1960s, the scorebox, and levelling off the outfield. We can now add to that the provision of two new sightscreens and the Pavilion Clock.

“Les was Mr MHCC.”

Andrew Tobin, Les’s son then said a few words on behalf of the family, highlighting some of his dad’s achievements.

Les had started as a player in 1957, and he took more than 2,000 wickets for the club during his playing career, which leasted until 1985.

In the 1970s when Austrailia were touring England Mr Tobin had bowled out 11 of the 22 man squad at one time or another, his favourite being Graham Yallup, Australian captain, who came to MHCC with a Somerset touring side; Les got him out LBW.

One of Les’s ambitions had been to develop the club further and the chairman said that with the work started to extend the squash club and plans for the refurbishment of the outdoor nets, Mr MHCC’s club is in safe hands.