Posted on 12th July 2022 at 20:42
Former Doncaster Town and Yorkshire CCC bowler Mike Cowan has passed away peacefully, following a short illness, today.
Mike, the father of YCSPL Hall of Fame member Nick Cowan, was a product of Doncaster Town CC, and made his debut for Yorkshire in 1953. A left-arm fast-medium bowler and right-handed batsman, he was a former new-ball partner of the great Fred Trueman. He was very proud to be the first Doncaster-born player to be capped by Yorkshire. After a spell as the professional at Bingley CC in 1958/59, Cowan returned to the Yorkshire side in 1960 and had his best bowling figures for Yorkshire, 9-43 against Warwickshire in that year. In all Mike played in 99 first class matches, in which he took 276 wickets at an average of 24.57, and he played in three county championship-winning teams for the county.
After finally retiring from professional cricket in 1962, Mike embarked on a sales career and represented Penguin Books in the North of England, also working as a sports commentator for Yorkshire Television. His final career was a very successful one as a popular and entertaining after-dinner speaker. He was elected a vice-president of Yorkshire CC in 2020. Mike, who lived in Finningley, retained a close association with Doncaster Town Cricket Club to the end.
Our thoughts and condolences go to all Mike’s family and friends.
Mike's funeral will be held Thursday 4th August, details as follows:
The funeral service will be held at 2pm at the Minster Church of St George, Doncaster DN1 1RD - all are welcome.
This will be followed by a small private service at 3.20pm at Rose Hill Crematorium, DN4 6NE for family and close friends only
After both services everyone is invited back to Doncaster Town CC, DN2 6AA for a buffet and drinks.
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