10:09AM, Friday 06 March 2015
Cricketers from across the Royal Borough have been paying tribute to a 'born leader' who died last week following a short battle with cancer.
Wes Nichols, 36, passed away on Thursday, February 26. Following his death messages have poured in for the much-loved Australian.
During his nine-year spell at the heart of Windsor Cricket Club, Wes embedded himself into the record books, scoring over 5,000 runs with the bat. He also took 409 wickets, the fifth highest in the history of the club.
But team mates and rivals alike said it was the social side of Wes as much as his cricketing ability that endeared him to so many.
Wes captained Windsor's first team for four years, and former first team skipper Rahul Mohindru said his fantastic leadership had left every player in awe of him.
“All the lads looked up to Wes. On the Saturday he was the leader. He'd stand up and we'd all listen to him,” said Rahul.
He added that despite having offers to play elsewhere, Wes showed an unwavering loyalty to Windsor throughout his time at the club.
While he proved to be Windsor's inspiration on the pitch, he also played an integral part in taking over as the club's treasurer and developing its cricketing strategy.
Windsor CC member Ben Lewis said Wes could never be thanked enough for how much he contributed behind the scenes.
“I just hope you know how grateful we all are for everything you did,” said Ben in a tribute to his team-mate.
Andy Dick, captain of Datchet Cricket Club, said: “Wes galvanised our fiercest rivals into the club they are now.
“The battles coupled with the beers epitomised Wes to Datchet, and there are many followers deeply saddened and shocked by his loss.”
Datchet chairman Paul Tilley added Wes had been highly respected by everyone at the club as one of the best cricketers in the area and would be sadly missed, not least for his great company at the bar.
Wes, who lived in Dedworth, worked in Windsor as a finance manager at the Build-a-Bear Workshop.
He is survived by his wife Michelle.
A funeral service is being held for Wes at Slough Crematorium today (Friday) at 2.30pm, with family, close friends and Windsor CC members invited.
All are welcome to the wake which is taking place at Windsor Cricket Club at 4pm.
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