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Former Kent batsman Tony Pawson dies

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Tony Pawson batting against Middlesex in 1950 © PA Photos
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The former Kent batsman Tony Pawson, who became the Observer cricket correspondent, has died at the age of 91.

Pawson played 69 first-class matches, mostly for Kent and Oxford University, scoring seven hundreds as he made 3807 runs at 37.32. He was Kent's oldest surviving capped player.

As a 15-year-old, in 1937, he scored 237 at Lord's when playing for a Lord's XI against a CF Tufnell's XI and in 1947 he represented MCC against the South Africans playing in a team alongside Denis Compton

Cricket was not the only sport where he made his name. He won a blue at Oxford, represented England at football and at the 1948 London Olympics as well as playing two football league matches for Charlton Athletic. In 1982 he was a member of the England fly fishing team that won the World Championship and in 1988 was awarded on OBE for services to angling.

Kent's honorary curator, David Robertson, said: "Tony Pawson enjoyed his cricket, and set out to make sure spectators shared that enjoyment. I have many happy boyhood memories of his batting and fielding at Canterbury. His running between the wickets, especially with Godfrey Evans as his partner, was always an eagerly awaited feature of the game."

Jamie Clifford, the Kent chief executive, added: "The club is saddened to learn news of Tony Pawson's passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends. Tony made a great contribution to Kent Cricket and many of our members have fond memories of watching him play at the St Lawrence Ground."

During his time as a cricket correspondent he was also chairman of the Cricket Writers' Club in 1980 and 1981.

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