Worcestershire CCC are sad to report that their former batsman Roy Barker has passed away aged 72.

Roy, who was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, played 27 first class matches and four List A games for the County in the 1960s.

He made his first team debut in 1967 and recorded a career best score of 67 versus Lancashire at Southport two years later.

Roy played Minor Counties cricket for his native Staffordshire in 1970 and continued to play Second Eleven Cricket for Worcestershire CCC until 1974 – 11 years after his first appearance.

He also captained Kidderminster to the Birmingham League title in 1975.

Worcestershire CCC Vice-Chairman and Cricket Steering Group Chairman, Paul Pridgeon, paid tribute to Roy.

He said: “It’s a sad day for Worcestershire County Cricket Club and our thoughts are with his family.

“Roy was a smashing bloke who maintained a keen and enthusiastic interest in how Worcestershire CCC were doing.

“He was a regular attendee of the annual WOPA day for former players.”