It is with great sadness that we relay the news of the death of Alan Coates, Chariman of Hook & Newnham Basics CC. Alan passed away peacefully in his sleep last Wednesday evening at his home in Hook.
A proud Yorkshireman by birth, Alan relocated to the south several years ago, originally playing for Tilford CC near Farnham. From there he joined Hook and Newnham Basics CC as a steady and reliable seam bowler, playing for the club's third and fourth teams for a number of years.
As Director of Coaching, Alan took the colts section at Hook to new levels, helping to develop several of the young players that are now seen playing for the club's first XI. His dedication to this role earned him the affectionate nickname by which everyone at HNBCC knew him - 'Coach'.
In more recent years, Alan took on the role of Chairman at HNBCC. He took great pride in representing the wishes of club members at all levels; his proudest moments coming during the triple championship winning season of 2009 and when the first XI reached the SPL Twenty20 final at the Rose Bowl in 2011.
Coach will be sadly missed by everyone at HNBCC and further afield. Our thoughts are with his wife Angela, son Mike and daughter Rachael at this sad time.
Alan's funeral will be held at Basingstoke Crematorium (Stockbridge Rd, RG25 2BA) next Friday, 25th October at 1pm, starting promptly at 1.15pm. This will be followed by the wake at Dummer Golf Club (Down Street, RG25 2AD).
A message from Alan's son, Mike:
"Thank you for all the kind messages and reminders of the fond memories. Sorry we haven't had time to reply to everyone individually but we do appreciate your support. We would prefer (as would he) that any donations be made to Hook and Newnham Basics Cricket Club instead of flowers."