Sussex Cricket is mourning the death of two club stalwarts after the passing of John Duncan and Keith Partridge.
John was born and bred in Sussex, living next to Henfield Cricket Club in his youth. Much as he aspired to play for the county (or for the Albion), his focus soon turned to life in Hove with his growing family, and to stints as a part-time commentator alongside Des Lynam, Stanley Allen and others.
‘JD’, as he was known, was someone who fitted calmly into any conversation and a character whose love for cricket was unmistakable. His quirky sense of humour made it no wonder he was so trusted and liked by the players who he regularly interviewed for Radio Brighton, and later Radio Sussex.
He will be remembered by the players of that era, and everyone else who was lucky enough to have met him, as someone who was as genuine and as caring as they come.
Keith was also a lifelong Sussex supporter and stalwart of the Club, spending much of his time raising money for the Sussex Cricket Society and many other charitable causes.
His smile, infectious laugh and personality was well known and loved by all those who were lucky to know Keith. He will be sadly missed around the grounds of Hove.
The thoughts of everyone at Sussex Cricket are with the families of John and Keith at this sad time.