Kent Cricket saddened by the loss of The Reverend Canon Chris Byers

Monday 4th March 2013

The Club has received the very sad news that Kent Cricket Committee member, Rev. Canon Chris Byers, has passed away following a short illness. Chris was taken ill late last week and admitted to Kent and Canterbury Hospital, where he passed away peacefully with his family present.

He was first introduced to Kent during basic training with The Buffs in Canterbury before a commission in the Royal Hampshire Regiment and service in Central Africa. Oxford University taught him to bowl, where he played cricket for Jesus College.

Ordained in 1960, The Rev. Canon Chris Byers served in parishes in South London and was an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral. He played cricket for Chistlehurst and West Kent, and for forty years in the nationwide Church Times Cup Competition. A member of Kent since the 1980's and President of the Supporters' Club for five years, he served as a co-opted member on the General Committee from 2008. He was also still actively involved with the Kent Cricket Supporters’ Club.

Commenting on the news, Kent Cricket CEO, Jamie Clifford said: “I speak for all involved with the Club when I say we are deeply sadden by this news. Chris will be remembered by all for his total commitment to Kent Cricket.

"We will not forget his witty pre-dinner graces or the services he led for the Supporters’ Club wreath laying during Canterbury Week, and his valuable contribution to Committee debate will be much missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’s family and friends during this very sad time.”

In accordance with his wishes there will be a private family funeral. As a mark of respect the Kent County Cricket Club flag will fly at half-mast over the Frank Woolley stand this week.