Premier David Burt has extended condolences on the passing of Lloyd James.

In a statement released on Monday, Mr Burt said: “Lloyd James led a life of service; a humble yet dignified and true gentleman.

“His stride to the wicket struck fear in the hearts of many a Somerset bowler. His dominance in the game of cricket was matched with his time in representative politics when he served the people of Warwick at a time when to do so on behalf of the Progressive Labour Party required unique sacrifice.

“Whether in business, education or sport, Lloyd James served with distinction. On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda I extend heartfelt condolences to his wife, Betty, daughters Joanne and Ria, as well as to his extended family and friends.”

Mr James, fondly recalled as a Cup Match legend – an epic giant – died at the age of 82.

Condolences to his family and many friends, especially to my Purvis School mate Joanne. May he forever Rest In Peace.