TRIBUTES have been paid to two influential men from the world of North-East cricket.

Businessman Matty Roseberry, one of the first directors of Durham County Cricket Club, died on Thursday morning after a short illness.

The club has also expressed sadness at the recent passing of long-standing Durham umpire Peter Brown.

Mr Roseberry, 75, who ran pubs, hotels and had owned Rainton Meadows Arena, who lived at Penshaw Hill Farm.

A statement by the club said: “Matty was one of the first appointed Directors of the Club in 1992 and was part of the group that helped develop cricket in the region, beginning the rise of Durham County Cricket Club to the top flight.

“Having given over ten years’ service to Durham , Matty helped Durham move into our home of Emirates Riverside.

“Durham Cricket are also sad to learn that long standing Durham umpire Peter Brown has passed away.

“Peter most recently won the Durham Cricket “Maureen Jackson Community Person of The Year” Award for his commitment as the Durham Cricket Board ACO Umpires Appointments Officer and to the North East Premier League as Umpires Secretary.

“Peter dedicated many years’ service to officiating in our region.

“Our thoughts are with both families at this sad time.”