Farewell to Alison Coe

 
Alison Coe
7th July 1967 - 30th March 2015 
Redoubtables and Surrey Alison Coe was a fine cricketer and a wonderful team player.
 
She passed away suddenly and unexpectedly after a short illness, leaving wife Bethan and their young twins, Dylan and Lola. Al joined Redoubtables WCC in the winter of 1993/4, a recruit of the late Jenny Wostrack during a winter coaching course. She represented both the 1st and 2nd XIs at Redoubtables from 1994 to 2014, and was captain of Redoubtables 2nd X1 most seasons from 2000-2012.
 
She was a dependable middle-order batsman, off spin bowler and fine fielder. A rugby player prior to cricket, she was not afraid to throw herself to the ground to stop the ball at any cost, and her athleticism led to many fine catches, including a one handed effort on the boundary in a long ago game against Old Stacians. Her best bowling figures of 5-17 came against Swindon NALGO (aka Purton Exiles) in 2006. When Al scored her first century for the club in a friendly in the summer of 1994, she was still pretty new to the game. Consequently, her nervous team-mates didn't clap either her half-century or century for fear of putting her off! She walked off the pitch that day 104 not out.
 
Al also represented Surrey 2nd X1 from 1995-1999, and was a Cricket Week captain from 2004-2007. Over her 20 years at Redoubtables, she always did her best to maintain the spirit and enjoyment of her team. She helped develop many young players through the 2s, and encouraged new players joining the club at any time.
 
Al was an incredibly devoted mother, independent business owner, whole hearted sportswoman and fierce competitor, loyal team-mate, kind friend and occasional mean bingo player. Her family and friends will miss her greatly.