The Sussex Cricket Family is sad to report the death of Peter Butter, a Vice-President of Sussex Cricket Limited and of the Sussex Premier Cricket League, after a lengthy illness.
Peter Butter became Honorary Secretary of the Sussex Cricket League in 1999, when it became an accredited ECB Premier League, prior to which he had been a senior League umpire.
During the past 18 years, Peter was heavily involved in the expansion of the League and the establishment of the administrative and playing rules changes necessary to meet ECB requirements. His greatest achievement came during 2007 when along with colleague, Terry Burstow, he masterminded the expansion of the SCL as a 40 club League, with 20 new clubs from the ESCL and WSICL, forming the basis of a proper Sussex Recreational Cricket Pyramid. This came to full fruition in 2010 with full promotion and relegation between the SCL and the Feeder leagues.
Peter had to relinquish the Secretary’s job when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2007. However, he continued to work tirelessly as Assistant Secretary, specialising in maintaining the League’s successful website, driving forward the League’s policy of improving grounds and facilities standards, and running the Disciplinary Committee. He was instrumental in the introduction of the League’s new Disciplinary Code, which has done so much to uphold the League’s enviable record in this field.On top of all this Peter took on the Chairmanship of the League in 2010, the League’s 40th year, and hosted the highly successful 40th Anniversary Dinner.
Peter became ill again, with Lymphoma, but continued to undertake work for the League’s Executive Committee and to provide high quality advice until he died, at the age of 84 years.
In 2013, as an indication of the high regard in which Peter was held throughout the country, he received a thoroughly well deserved ECB National Outstanding Service to Cricket Award.
Furthermore, at the Sussex Cricket Limited Annual General Meeting in March 2016, Peter was elected to the prestigious position of Sussex Cricket Vice President. His nomination stated that he was a person who had made an exceptional contribution to the well-being and standing of League Cricket in the County, with a volunteering contribution that was well above the normal course of expectation in his various roles.
Bob Warren, Chairman of Sussex Cricket Limited and previously Chairman of the SPCL, stated “I had the privilege of knowing and working with Peter over the last 10 years. Apart from being a perfect gentleman he was absolute master of administration. It is fair to say that recreational cricket in Sussex would not be in the healthy state it is today without the input of Peter. He was deeply involved in the very successful expansion of the Sussex Premier Cricket League into an organization, which is admired throughout the country and especially by the ECB. His fight against the many illnesses he has suffered over the last few years has been an inspiration and he will be remembered with both respect and fondness by all who knew him.”
There will be a small family funeral only. May he rest in peace.
David Bowden, President, Sussex Premier Cricket League. April 2017