|Accrington Cricket Club|
The club is saddened to report the passing of former player, captain, coach and Chairman Russ Cuddihy at the age of 80.
Russ made his senior debut at the age of 15 in 1955 at Rawtenstall.
Two years later Russ became a regular in the first team.
In the late 1960s and early 70s Russ was the mainstay of the Accrington batting line-up until he joined East Lancs in 1973.
Initially a promising medium paced bowler, Russ developed into a hard hitting batsman.
He was a good driver, very strong through extra cover.
His best score for the club was a match winning unbeaten 84 at Rawtenstall in 1970 when he hit eleven fours and three sixes one of which sailed over the pavilion.
Russ was a good outfielder with a very strong arm.
A good footballer, Russ played league football for Accrington Stanley as a half back between 1960 and the club's demise in 1962.
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Russ leaves his wife Moira, children - Daryl, Gaynor and Victoria, grandchildren Aaron, Drew, Alex, Max and Aubrey and great grandchild Axel.
Russ trained as a printer before becoming a brewery rep.
After a spell at EJ Rileys, Russ and his wife Moira then opened Aarods Snooker Club in Great Harwood
He became a sales rep before setting up Elite Cricket Coaching with which he delivered cricket coaching to all ages and abilities from grassroots to seniors and including the Lancashire Blind cricket team whom he took to Lord's to play.
Russ was still involved in cricket until earlier this year as coach of his daughter Victoria's ladies cricket team at Great Harwood along with Jack Simmons
Russ's funeral will take place on Monday 20th July at 12.20pm at Accrington Crematorium followed by a celebration of his life at Great Harwood Cricket Club.
The funeral cortege will pause at the entrance of the club on Monday on its way to Accrington Crematorium for people who may wish to pay their respects but are not going to the service
Some years ago Russ did an interview where he was asked to write his own epitaph: 'Play as long as you can because you can't play as long as you want'. Wise words.