It is with such sadness that the club has lost a legend and a true gentleman. Gerald Baker sadly passed away on Sunday aged 83.
Gerald began his cricketing career at Brook, where he lived, but in 1964 moved to play for Grayshott having recently become married to Joan and was persuaded to play for them through friends of Joan’s and through her brother-in-law, Peter Clapham.
In 1969 Gerald was a member of the team who won the I’Anson and Stevens Cup double that year and was also part of the 1988 I’Anson Cup winning side. Throughout his time at Grayshott he became a prolific batsman winning the Hunters Moon batting cup 5 times. He took up coaching and coached Grayshott U13 and U15 sides of which his son, Richard played a huge part. He was always keen to encourage younger players new to the game and always willing to lend a hand to help them in their development.
He was instrumental in starting Grayshott III XI in 2001 and organised many cricket tours – the first to Norfolk in 1981, followed by several to Bude in Cornwall in the years that followed.
He stopped playing cricket in 2005 following illness but was still a regular to all games to watch Richard, his son-in-law Andy Wheble and more lately his grandson Ali Wheble. More recently he spent many a happy hour sitting on the mower, ensuring Grayshott’s outfield was as pristine as it could be.
He made many friends throughout his playing years and was always happy to have a beer after the game, win or lose. He especially loved playing at Thursley which was his favourite ground. He made lifelong friendships while playing for Grayshott and was very proud to be part of the I’Anson community.
Much loved and greatly missed by Joan, Richard, Caroline, Andy, Ali and Georgia.
Gerald’s funeral service will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Tuesday 21st December at 2.15pm. Family flowers only.