The cricketing community has mourned the loss of Warton cricket legend Tony Jones after he died last week.

He played his entire career for Warton from 1963 to 1999, earning respect as an all-rounder.

This one-club man was always a valuable name on the team sheet, showcasing his talents with a career record of 7074 runs and 361 wickets.



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Jones was not only a high scoring batsman, but also an invaluable bowler.

His performance against Burneside saw him attain an unplayable 7-39, a testament to his prowess in the field.

The 1980 Championship season game against Cartmel witnessed Jones, running up his top career score, an impressive 68.

Often referred to as a robust fielder, Jones drew praise for his exceptional and fearless fielding abilities.

His peers recall a Tower Shield match in 1966 against Morecambe, where he made a daring air-borne capture that left his teammates in awe.

He led Warton CC as captain in 1982, with the team having an unforgettable season, participating in the league programme and five cup competitions.

A total of 20 league games were matched by 20 knockout games that year, which culminated in three cup finals.

Jones served the club off the pitch as much as he did on it, spending considerable time on maintenance duties and administrative affairs.

In recognition of his efforts, the club bestowed Jones with a life honour award in 2007.

The Westmorland Cricket League followed suit last year, granting Jones the same honour.

After he retired from active cricket in 1999, Jones turned his focus to umpiring in 2000.

Within a short span, Jones had become one of the most well-respected umpires in village cricket, earning the respect of both players and co-officials.

His experience and wise counsel proved invaluable to new umpires, who greatly appreciated working alongside him.