Former New South Wales and Mosman wicketkeeper Doug Ford passed away peacefully on Sunday age 90.
Ford claimed 120 catches and 57 stumpings in 63 First Class matches for NSW between 1957 and 1964. This ranks him seventh on the list of most dismissals for NSW at that level.
He played 56 matches for NSW in the Sheffield Shield and seven against International touring teams.
Ford joined the NSW Shield side at the height of its unrivalled nine consecutive titles from 1953/54 to 1961/62 making his debut in October 1957 against Queensland.
He was the NSW wicketkeeper for the final five of those nine titles between 1957/58 and 1961/62.
The great left-arm fast bowler Alan Davidson, batsman Neil Harvey and leg-spinner, the late Richie Benaud underlined that famous era of NSW cricket.
Ford also represented an International XI in New Zealand during 1961/62 claiming two catches to take his First Class tally to 122.
He was a Life Member of the Mosman Cricket Club and played 181 First Grade matches for Mosman-Middle Harbour, as it was then known, between 1950 and 1966. He claimed 194 catches and 56 stumpings.
Renowned cricket writer the late Jack Pollard recalled that Test stars who played with Ford frequently argued “that he was deserving of higher honours but the presence in the Australian team of players like (Barry) Jarman and Wally Grout kept him out.”
Grout hailed from Queensland, while Jarman was a South Australian wicketkeeper.
Pollard added that Ford’s dismissals were the “result of splendid, anticipation and catching, and he was a cool, swift stumper.”
The most dismissals Ford returned in a First Class match was nine against Victoria, January 1964. His total included four catches and five stumpings.
Four of the five stumpings came in the second innings including three from the bowling of former Australian Test leg-spinner Peter Philpott.
Mr Philpott described his friend as a very, very good man in every sense of the word.
“We were roommates for 10 years,” said Mr Philpott.
“An outstanding wicketkeeper … immensely efficient. Very, very good up to the stumps.”
“He was more than a really good friend, (we were) very close.”
Ford twice took five catches in an innings at the First Class level.
In January 1960, he claimed five against South Australia and replicated that performance two years later against Western Australia.
Funeral details for Mr Doug Ford:
Thursday 25 July, 11.15am
Northern Suburbs Crematorium (North Chapel)