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It is somewhat ironic that Ted Dexter, who was born on the Ligurian coast, raised in an elegant flat in the Piazza Repubblica in Milan – his father holding the Lloyd’s brokerage for Italy – and who settled happily in Nice and could be described as a lover of the seas – especially the Med – should finish his days in Wolverhampton.

And it was to the St Peter’s church there that I went for his funeral service. This was apt as Christianity was very much a feature of Ted’s life. In Nice he was treasurer of the English church.

The eulogy was delivered by Mark Nicholas and a very polished one it was too.

He read from a email from Joe Root.

Ted had advised him to adopt a more sideways stance, with his feet not pointing down the wicket, and the England skipper took his advice and attributed his run-fest to this.

Although Ted may have had a classical stance he was not a classical thinker.

He was the first to appreciate the fundamentals of the limited-over game, winning the first two Gillette cups for Sussex.

His Test average was 47 but surprisingly he only scored 9 Test centuries.

Sadly there are few of his contemporaries living.

Robin Marler was there from Sussex and various stalwarts of Warwickshire cricket – David Brown and Dennis Amiss being two-and Ossie Wheatley of Glamorgan.

After the service we repaired for a buffet lunch at Wolverhampton cricket club. I was surprised that there were so few from the great and good of the cricketing world besides Sir Tim Rice and Ed Smith but a memorial service at Lords is planned.

I am not one for hanging around too long at any funeral reception. Also I had a long train journey ahead of me to Euston and thence Brighton, so at 3.00pm I made my excuses and left.

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts