CRICKET: Craythorne was one of Peterborough’s greatest players

Johnny Craythorne (back left) with his Westwood Works team-mates in 1973.
Johnny Craythorne (back left) with his Westwood Works team-mates in 1973.
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Johnny Craythorne, one of the greatest local cricketers of all-time, has passed away at the age of 83.

Craythorne, a classy left-handed batsman and astute skipper, played most of his career for Westwood Works and Baker Perkins.

But those who stepped on to the field with him insist he could have played at a much higher level.

Former team-mate Brian Holdich said: “I played with (future England captain) MJK Smith at Stamford School and Johnny could have been as good as he was if he had played on better wickets. He is among the best of all local cricketers alongside Tony Howorth and Mike Taylor.”

The funeral is at Peterborough Crematorium on Friday March 10 at 12.30pm.