Former Worcestershire CCC wicket-keeper batsman Rodney Cass has passed away at the age of 78.

The County would like to send their condolences to Rodney’s relatives and friends at this sad time.

Cass played for the County in the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s after making the move from Essex where he began his first class career.

He became the latest in a series of Yorkshire born wicket-keepers to play for the County including Syd Buller, Roy Booth and Steve Rhodes

All four of them feature in the top 10 of the most dismissals by a keeper for Worcestershire with Wakefield born Cass responsible for 176 catches and 22 stumpings.

He competed for much of his time at New Road with Gordon Wilcock.

In 1973 he picked up six victims in an innings during the home County Championship match with his former county Essex.

A left handed batsman, Cass achieved his highest first class score when making 172 not out against Leicestershire at Grace Road in 1975.

During the winter months, Cass played for Tasmania and, after leaving Worcestershire, he played for Shropshire and became a highly respected MCC coach.

Former Worcestershire chairman John Elliot said: “Rodney actually succeeded me on the County staff as keeper and he was a brave keeper, standing up a lot to the stumps in the same way as Ben Cox does today.

“He was very competitive and dedicated his life to cricket and was an advanced MCC coach who coached all round the world, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand etc.”

Worcestershire CEO Matt Rawnsley said: “Rodney kept his links with the club and was often seen at the club’s annual WOPA day. We pass on our condolences to his family and relatives.”