Tributes have been paid to one of the best known figures in local cricket.

Bobby Brolly, who has been involved with Ardmore Cricket Club for many decades, passed away this morning.

Bobby (pictured above working on Ardmore's Bleachgreen ground) was in his late 80s.

A spokesperson for the Ardmore club said everyone was saddened to learn of Bobby’s death.

“Bobby was a lifelong, player, club official, groundsman and supporter of Ardmore Cricket Club.

“He had a distinguished playing career and when that ended he stayed heavily involved with the club serving in many different posts.

“He was a key figure in keeping the club going through difficult periods and many of the current players have links to Bobby, either as part of his close and extended family or through having being coached and developed by Bobby in their younger days.”

The club spokesperson said Bobby was a key figure around the club for so long and was still a welcoming, familiar face around the club watching games at all levels from the seniors down to the U11s.

“At this time the extended club pass their sympathies to the family and friends of Bobby at this time.

“Bobby will be sadly missed not just at Ardmore CC but also around the grounds in the NW, may he Rest In Peace.”

Tributes have also been paid to Bobby by other local cricket clubs.

A spokesperson for Bready Cricket Club said: “On hearing the sad news of the passing of Bobby Brolly, everyone at the club would like to pass on their condolences to the Brolly Family and his friends at Ardmore Cricket Club.

“Bobby was a lifelong member of Ardmore CC and worked tirelessly for the good of cricket not only in the Ardmore area, but across all of the NW area.

“It will be another friendly face we'll miss during the season ahead.”

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