30th March, 2020 at 4:33 pm

Derek Semmence

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Worthing CC President, player and club legend, Derek Semmence.

Derek joined the club in 1952, was our 8th President since the 2nd World War and the longest serving for 19 years from 1998 to 2016 inclusive. He played for the club in our first league cup final appearance at Hove in 1982 and on through the 80s, 90s and into the 2000s.

He represented the Sussex County Club between 1956-1959 and again from 1967-1968. He was a great supporter of older cricket also, representing Sussex at Over 50s, Over 60s and Over 70s level. He still holds the Sussex CCC record as the youngest player to score a first class century when he made 108 v Nottinghamshire in his debut season in 1956 at the age of just 18.

Derek was a fantastic man who loved cricket. He will be remembered with great fondness by all that were lucky enough to meet or play with him. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Christine, children and grand-children.