TRULL Cricket Club stalwart Dave ‘Shakey’ James has passed away, following a long illness.

James dedicated more than 15 years of his life to Trull CC, following 10 years at Tone Youth Football Club - raising huge amounts of money for both clubs.

Trull CC tweeted the news last Friday evening, saying: “Today is a sad day for the club."

Last month Richard Lines - chairman and head groundsman at Trull CC - told the County Gazette: "He’s a big man with a big heart, and the club will always be indebted to him.”

Tone Youth FC also paid tribute to a man well known in the local sporting community for his dedication and passion.

James' illness did not stop him organising a charity football match between Tone and Trull, which took place at the Wyvern Club in the autumn of last year.

Around 200 people attended, and the event raised just under £6,000 for Action Bladder Cancer UK.