Barrie Middleton

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 11/01/2021

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The Management Board was saddened to learn of the passing of Barrie Middleton, who served the Birmingham & District Cricket League as Hon. Secretary from 1991 to 1997. Prior to that period, he had been a member of the Management Committee and, in 1977, he and John Huband (Stourbridge C.C.) were responsible for the introduction of a third division of the League for club 3rd XI’s. He was elected as President of the League in 1992 and continued in the role of Hon. Secretary until the League became the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League in 1998.

On moving to the West Midlands from his native Stockport, in the early 1960’s, to take up a teaching appointment, Barrie joined Walsall Cricket Club in 1963 and, immediately, found a place in the 2nd XI as wicket-keeper and late order batsman. This began an association with the club that lasted until his passing and he served in the following roles: - President (1982 to 1985), Hon. Secretary (1975 to 1990), Hon. Subs. Treasurer (1965 to 1974), 2nd XI Captain (1974 to 1978) and 3rd XI Captain (1980 to 1982).

Few members have made as great an individual contribution to a single club, but Barrie’s legacy continued after his retirement as a player when his son David (current BDPCL Chair of Cricket) took on the role as 2nd XI captain in 1988 and 1989 and lead the 1st XI to BDPCL title success in 2006 and 2007. David is, currently, President of Walsall C.C. and Barrie’s grandson James has been one of the League’s leading batsmen in recent years.