Vale Roy Torrens
January 23rd 2021 by Cricket Ireland | International
The Board and staff of Cricket Ireland are very saddened to learn of the passing of a great figure within the Irish cricket family - Roy Torrens.
Ross McCollum, Chair of Cricket Ireland, said:
“I am greatly saddened to learn of the loss of our great friend, Roy Torrens. Roy was a truly remarkable character, an immense presence in Irish cricket, and a truly great friend - not just personally, but to many people within and outside the cricket family.”
“He was a player, a team manager, a President and - most importantly - an inspiration to all he met.”
“It goes without saying, but we will miss him greatly and our hearts go out to Joan, the family and his friends at this time.”
Roy Torrens was born in Derry/Londonderry in 1948. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler, he debuted for Ireland on 20 July 1966 v Middlesex at Ormeau (Cap Number 507). He was capped 30 times between 1966 and 1984, taking 77 wickets at 25.66 apiece, and a best of 7-40.
After playing retirement he became President of the Irish Cricket Union in 2000, and in 2004 the Ireland Men’s team manager - a role he held for 12 years.
Roy was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 for his services to cricket.
RIP Roy - you were truly a great figure in Irish cricket history.