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Middlesex Cricket mourns the passing of Elaine Knight

Middlesex Cricket is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Elaine Knight – Middlesex member for three and a half decades and Secretary of the Seaxe Club.

Elaine will be greatly missed at Lord’s and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Middlesex Cricket go to her family and friends at this saddest of times.

Our most sincere thanks go to Jane Saxton, who served with Elaine on the Seaxe Committee for many years, for these kind words of remembrance:

Elaine Knight – 30th May 1947 to 20th February 2019

In December 1999 Isidore and Dorothy Rynhold officially retired from their positions as Chairman and Secretary of the Seaxe Club and Elaine was elected as Secretary/Membership secretary, which was confirmed the following year at the Seaxe AGM in March 2000. She remained as secretary of the Club until the time of her death.

Elaine and her husband Jim had supported Middlesex for many years and became members of the club in the early eighties. On retirement from a multinational company working as a PA at the highest level, Elaine then had time to watch cricket and pursue one of her other passions National Hunt racing.

She first volunteered to become a "Middlesex Mailer" and through this made many friends within the club - eventually visiting the Seaxe Box and becoming a member of the Seaxe club.

On becoming Secretary and membership secretary she put the club’s membership on her computer database - gone were the days of addressing membership communications by hand! Her talent for organisation soon became evident and over the years we have enjoyed Awards evenings, Race nights, Lunches and Dinners organised by her, culminating in the lunch held last year in the Committee Dining Room to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seaxe Club. All the Seaxe trophies were on display highlighting the number of youngsters we have supported, which was something very close to her heart.

Elaine also worked in the Middlesex Club shop on all match days and at outgrounds where she could be found selling merchandise, programmes and scorecards.

Despite her ill health over recent months Elaine continued to work tirelessly for the Seaxe Club, attending meetings and being involved in planning events. She rang me early one morning before the start of last season and was very excited because it had been agreed that the "Seaxe Birthday" would be shown on the scoreboards at Lords during the 2018 season. Her support for the Seaxe Club, raising its profile and all it stands for, never waned.

Elaine will be sadly missed.

May she rest in peace.

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