11 November 1939 – 20 June 2017
Rick was the eldest son of Dick and Phoebe Merricks of Broadstreet, Icklesham, Sussex, with brothers Walter (born 1945) and Jim (born 1947, died 1970). For a number of years as a child he received intensive therapy to learn to live with his disability at the Cerebral Palsy Unit at Carshalton Hospital, Surrey. Early schooling was not successful and he was home schooled with the aid of a tutor before he spent a happy three and a half years at Rye Grammar School (1953-57), and at the Kent Farm and Horticultural Institute (1958-59).
He was a successful fruit farmer at Western Court Farm, Udimore, Sussex, building his home there with his wife Vanda whom he married in 1966. Cherry Merricks, born 1970, is their daughter, and Harry (born 2006) his grandson. Vanda sadly died in 2006. He married Jill Murphy (née Sharp), now Jill Merricks, also a cricket lover, in 2007.
From an early age Rick was a cricket enthusiast. It was a huge disappointment that his disability meant that actually playing the game was not possible for him, but for the whole of his adult life he was a passionate, knowledgeable and intelligent follower of the game at village, town, county, national and international level, becoming a life member of the MCC and of the Sussex and Kent county clubs, and sometime president of the Rye Cricket Club. He followed amateur and professional cricket around the world, in South Africa, in the Caribbean, in the Mediterranean and beyond.