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Jer Lane Cricket Club remember Karl Laban
Jer Lane Cricket Club are hosting a four-team tournament on Sunday in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance but in memory of club stalwart Karl Laban, who died aged 54 in May.
Karl was a one-club man who started his career as a 14-year-old in the early 1970s and was identified as a promising pace bowler.
Former Jer Lane player Ken Gill said: “Karl worked very hard on his game and made himself into a good fast bowler.”
Known to many as a fierce competitor with a never-to-be beaten attitude, Karl was also held in high esteem by opposition teams and would always enjoy the social side of league cricket.
During Jer Lane’s tenure in the Bradford Central League, Karl won league bowling prizes on a number of occasions.
Long-serving club members Derek Wilson and Malcolm Nixon also praised Karl for his tireless involvement in the development of facilities at Jer Lane, which are now unrecognisable to when he first came to the club.
Karl was also a keen sportsman who played rugby union with Bradford Salem, featuring at Twickenham in their Provincial Cup victories in 1991 and 1992, and also played at Wibsey.
He also had a number of games with Bradford Northern A in 1985, as well as playing local amateur league football.
Karl’s legacy is continued through his sons Nathan, Jordan and Daniel, who all play in the current Jer Lane senior teams.
The club will hold a barbecue, an auction and a raffle on Sunday following the donation of numerous prizes, and club spokesman Mark Piotr is confident of a good crowd. It is hoped to make this an annual event in Karl’s memory.
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