Dawn Edna Pugh (18th May 1952 to 15th October 2017)
Dawn Pugh, the first full-time female 1st XI first-class county scorer, died in October after a long battle with cancer. She had scored for Worcestershire 2nd XI since 2002 until she was promoted to the 1st XI in 2012. She was very proud of the fact that she had scored a Test match at Lord’s when England played Australia.
She was a much-respected, much-loved colleague on the scoring circuit, a fact reflected by the high number of nine counties which were represented at her funeral at Christ Church in Broadheath, near Worcester. Dawn had been born in this village, married in the same church some forty-four years earlier and lived for most of her married life in a nearby farm.
Apart from keeping very busy helping to run the farm, Dawn had a great love of sport. In her early days she had played for the successful Kays Ladies and even managed to play one match at White Hart Lane. She had scored for her local cricket club and was delighted to be invited to fill a temporary gap with the county’s second team – this move soon became permanent and she remained as a faithful and popular member of the Worcestershire team until her illness compelled he to retire.
Dawn was very fond of animals and was involved in training a racehorse, and there was great joy amongst family and friends when it won a race at the odds of 100-1.
There is no doubt that she will be missed, not only by her family and all at Worcestershire, but by all friends her scoring around the country.
Many thanks – John B