Somerset cricket mourns the passing of Tony Sutton

Somerset are mourning the sad loss of former player Michael Anthony (Tony) Sutton who passed away peacefully at his home on June 28th at the age of 98.

Tony Sutton was born on March 29th 1921 in Weymouth and attended Ampleforth in North Yorkshire where he made a mark in both the school cricket and rugby teams.

When the Second World War broke out Tony was involved with the D Day landings, serving as a lieutenant with the Westminster Dragoons. Later he was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery and in 2016 he was granted the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government.

He left the army at the end of hostilities and went to Worcester College, Oxford where he gained blues in both cricket and rugby, in addition to which he played as a second row forward for Richmond.

During his time at Oxford Tony played in 18 First Class matches, taking 46 wickets at an average of 25.52.

On leaving Oxford he was articled to a firm of Bath solicitors and once again immersed himself in the local sporting scene, playing rugby for Bath and Somerset and cricket for Lansdown.

After having nets at the County Ground in Taunton in May 1948, Tony made one appearance for Somerset against Oxford University at Bath later that year. He scored 13 runs and took one wicket at an average of 44.

When he qualified as a solicitor Tony moved to Teignmouth in South Devon where he worked for Tozers, going on to become a partner in later years.

He continued to play cricket regularly for South Devon Cricket Club and in 1954 he appeared for Devon. Tony played cricket until he was nearly 60 in addition to which he was heavily involved with Teignmouth RFC where he served as Chairman and President of the club for many years.

Tony continued to live life to the full and the day before his passing he met up at lunchtime with a group of friends at their ‘local’.

Tony’s wife predeceased him, but he is survived by three daughters, two sons, 15 grand children, and two great grand children.

The funeral for Tony Sutton will take place at Our Lady and St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Teignmouth on July 15th at 2pm.

In 2017 we met with Tony to discuss his cricketing life.

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