Fans, players and officials of Lowerhouse Cricket Club are mourning the shock death of club president David Wren.
Highly-respected Mr Wren (64), who had been associated with the club since the 1980s, died on Friday following surgery.
He steered the club through desperately dark times to a position where the club has been among the most successful Lancashire League clubs of the last decadeLowerhouse Cricket Club
He is credited as being an integral part of the recent success of the Lancashire League club, which until recent years had failed to win any silverware.
A statement on the club website said: “The directors, members, players and supporters of Lowerhouse Cricket Club have been left devastated by the passing of club president David Wren.
“David had been suddenly admitted to hospital 10 days ago and died on Friday following surgery.
“David had joined the club as a committee man in the 1980s and has served as league representative, secretary, chairman, managing director and president.”
Current managing director Matthew Stansfield added: “David should be regarded as one of the most important individuals in the 150 year history of Lowerhouse Cricket Club.
“He steered the club through desperately dark times to a position where the club has been among the most successful Lancashire League clubs of the last decade.
“In addition to on-field success David oversaw major investment and improvement of the club’s facilities.
“Most recently, David offered his services as project manager to the changing room development something he was very proud of.”
David’s service to Lowerhouse Cricket Club was recognised in 2013 when he was appointed club president and awarded the lifetime achievement award at the Burnley Community Sports Awards.
Matthew added: “David’s legacy extends way beyond bricks, mortar, astro-turf and netting and this is shown in the high regard with which he is held throughout the club and Lancashire League cricket.
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern, sympathy and grief from the cricket fraternity.
“Many of us are finding this difficult to come to terms with as we realise that we have lost not only a club stalwart but a dear, reliable and ever present friend.
“The thoughts and prayers of everybody are with David’s wife Judith, son Andrew and daughter Laura at this very difficult time.”