Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced Doncastrian Mike Cowan passing, at the age of 89, on Tuesday morning. Mike Cowan was a vice-president of Yorkshire, made his name during the 1950s and 1960s, and was a former new-ball partner of the great Fred Trueman.
To the end of his career, Doncastrian Mike Cowan also played an important role in three County Championship-winning squads. As a batsman, he scored 233 runs in 94 innings, with the highest score of 22 coming in the 94th inning.
A moment of silence was held in memory of Cowan at Scarborough today before the game between Yorkshire and Surrey.
Geoff Cope, the Yorkshire president, paid tribute to a man who was rarely without a joke or two, and a popular figure on the after-dinner circuit who was never short of a smile.
“Mike was an excellent player of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and after he finished playing he became a very entertaining after-dinner speaker,” said Cope.
“He gave a lot of time to cricket societies and the game in general.
“He was often seen at Doncaster Town Cricket Club and was just an all-around good guy”.
“Everyone at Yorkshire extends their deepest condolences to Mike’s family.”
Cowan made his debut in Yorkshire when he was 18 years old in 1953, Mick Cowan played for the Headingley-based club for almost a decade (1953-62).
Yorkshire CCC said in a statement: “The Yorkshire County Cricket Club is saddened to learn that former player Mike Cowan has passed away, aged 89.
Cowan enjoyed the First-Class career at Yorkshire between 1953 and 1962, earning his cap in 1960. The left-arm fast-medium bowler took 276 First-Class wickets and was part of three County Championship-winning squads towards the backend of his Yorkshire career.
Yorkshire and Surrey’s players will pay tribute to Cowan before play on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Scarborough by observing a minute’s silence. Yorkshire’s players will also wear black armbands in remembrance of one of the Club’s vice-presidents.
The thoughts of everyone at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club are with Mike’s family and friends at this difficult time.”