ONE of the most feared bowlers in the Lancashire League who spent more than 25 years at one club has died.

Terry Stewart, 75, joined Ramsbottom in 1960 and took almost 600 league wickets for the Acre Bottom club.

The right-hand batsman was born in Summerseat and captained Rammy from 1967 until 1971.

He had a successful career and won many trophies, he also played several games for the Lancashire second XI.

The father of two died this week after losing his battle with cancer.

His son, Mark, 49, followed his dad’s footsteps and played for Ramsbottom from 1985 and 1988.

He said that Mr Stewart was well known throughout his sporting career and added: “My dad was a good, honest man who everyone got on with.

“He had such a successful career and I became a cricketer through him.

“As a player he was very good, he always used to talk about how much cricket had changed since his day.

“One thing that always stuck in my mind was my dad used to say to me that bowlers used to be a lot faster in his day.”

Former Australia Test star Ray Bright, who was Ramsbottom’s professional in 1974, paid tribute to Mr Stewart and said: “I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Terry a great friend and team mate to us all.

“Long will he live in our memories as an all time great.”

Maurice Haslam, a former Ramsbottom team-mate of Mr Stewart, said that he was well known as a top quality cricketer, footballer and all-round sportsman.

He said: “Terry was one of the most feared and respected opening bowlers in Lancashire League cricket and was the mainstay of the Ramsbottom attack for what seemed like an age.

“Terry was also an honorary member of the club and he will be sadly missed by the many people who knew him.”

Mr Stewart was best known for his time with Ramsbottom but also played for Brooksbottom and was captain and professional with Greenmount

As well as Mark, Terry also leaves behind wife Beryl 75, daughter Karen and four grandchildren, Dan, Emily, Olivia and Katie.