Cricket Wellington acknowledges the passing of former President John Oakley CBE, whom passed away on 9 August.
Mr Oakley held a number of leadership positions within both the Wellington Cricket Association (as it then was), and NZ Cricket. He was a past President of Cricket Wellington, and was President of NZC from 1985 - 1987. John was also a Life Member of Cricket Wellington.
In his playing days John was an aggressive middle-order batsman for the University Cricket Club, and played two first class matches for Wellington, including a game against the touring MCC XI, in 1947.
During his term as President of NZC, John was instrumental in securing the old Museum Stand at the Basin Reserve for the purposes of a cricket museum in the late 1980’s, and in recognition of his efforts the JH Oakley Gallery within the NZ Cricket Museum was opened in 2002.
A well-known local solicitor, John was instrumental in setting up the NZ Cricket Foundation in 1975, and served as an Executive Member for many years, overseeing the distribution of approximately $3.5M to grassroots cricket since its inception.
In 1988 John was awarded a CBE for his services to cricket.
Cricket Wellington Chief Executive Peter Clinton said “we recognize John’s immense contribution to cricket over a long period of time, not just in the Wellington region but indeed nationally during his service for NZC. John was a quiet achiever, never seeking the attention, but the overall benefits for both cricket and the Basin Reserve are long-lasting and highly significant. He will be remembered fondly by many involved in cricket as a passionate and committed player, administrator, and supporter, and our thoughts and condolences are extended to his family at this time”.