A charity six-a-side cricket fun day will take place at Eastnor Cricket Club in memory of brothers and local sporting legends, John and Charles Taylor, who tragically both died young of pancreatic cancer.

Both men enjoyed many long afternoon sat the picturesque ground and family members are arranging the charity event to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research, a charity understandably very close to their hearts.

Laura Taylor, the eldest daughter of Charles Taylor, who died two years ago, aged 59, just one year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer said: "It would be great to see so many old friends support the event throughout the day and raise a glass in their memory.

"Hopefully will be a fun day to remember my dad and uncle, and to raise funding for more research into pancreatic cancer."

John Taylor died several years before his younger brother, also of pancreatic cancer, but both men had made their mark on the local sporting scene, and not only for cricket.

Charles was a much-respected coach for The Ledbury Swifts and a cup in his name is now awarded for the junior soccer side's most improved player.

Mrs Taylor said: "My dad, like my Uncle Charles, his brother, played for Eastnor cricket team when he was in his teens. He currently still holds the highest record scoring batting partnership with Jim Sandford. It was a great day for Taylor family cricket as John, watching his younger brother, was chomping at the bit to bat and later scored 50 off 5 overs. During Charles’ last year he would often return to the grounds to meet with old sportsmen and cheer on the new generation.

"He also was a keen member of Staplow Golf Society, who hold an annual competition in memory of him."

Mrs Taylor added: "John volunteered as Club Secretary for Eastnor Cricket Club when the club was at its lowest ebb, but following his efforts and hours of dedication, the club were rewarded with continuing success in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Leagues. He was club secretary for close to 40 years and he was well known across the Marches League and beyond for his cavalier approach as a leg-spin bowler and a ferocious hitting left-handed batsman, but always played with a happy smile on his face. John also captained the 3rds team, nurturing the younger players and moving them on up when they were ready to progress.

"Both brothers were well known members of the town and surrounding areas and thrived upon integrating within their communities. They could always be relied upon to attend social or sporting events and to those that know them will remember them doing so with a smile on their faces and a mischievous twinkle in their eyes."

The charity six-a-side cricket fun day will take place at Eastnor Cricket Club in memory of John and Charles Taylor, on Sunday June 16 at 10.30am.

Laura said: "As well as the cricket there will be a BBQ, a bar, a raffle, cakes and other games to enjoy in the Herefordshire countryside."

Mrs Taylor, her cousin Kerena and the rest of the family hope the event will raise at least £1000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

There is also a Just Giving Page for the Taylor Memorial Cricket Tournament at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/taylorcricket