Former Lake Albert leg spinner Stan Dasey is being remembered as one of the greats of Wagga cricket.
Dasey passed away peacefully last week, aged 89, at Bellingen Hospital.
A school teacher, Dasey moved to Wagga from the North Coast and linked with Lake Albert in 1964.
It was at Lake Albert where Dasey established himself as one of the club's all-time greats, described as 'an outstanding leg spin bowler and hard-hitting batsman'.
Nicknamed 'God' given he was a man of firm opinions, Dasey scored two hundreds and 16 half centuries for Lake Albert. He took five wickets in an innings on 13 occasions, six wickets on 10 occasions and seven wickets five times.
He took 40 wickets in 1969 and claimed best figures of 7-13 in 1972. He also enjoyed a successful representative career, including a number of games as Wagga's O'Farrell Cup captain.
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson played in a premiership alongside Dasey at Lake Albert.
He has a number of fond memories of Dasey, both as a cricketer and school teacher.
"Going to Mount Austin High, he was our English Master," Lawson recalled.
"So he would teach us at school and then we would play with him for Lake Albert on a weekend. He was hard but fair at school, then very good company when playing on the weekend.
"I remember one Friday afternoon I got sent out of class for talking. Sent to the English Master. Back in those days you would get the cane.
"Stan refused to give me the cane because we had to play the next day. He told me, Geoff, you can't tell anyone but I'm not going to hit you on your right hand when you've got to bowl tomorrow."
Lawson also remembers as a youngster watching Dasey play for Southern NSW against the touring MCC team at Robertson Oval in 1966.
He recalls Dasey having English opener Brian Luckhurst dismissed, stumped by a young Steve Rixon.
He also represented Southern NSW against the West Indies in 1969.
Lawson said Dasey was a fine spin bowler.
"I remember facing him in the nets at training. We would train at the South Wagga Public School nets, they were concrete nets and he could still turn the ball square," he said.
"He was great to play with. A great mentor and an educationalist who played the game and really understood it."
Lake Albert president Simon Blacka said Dasey, a life member at the club, will certainly go down as one of their greats.
"I think he was involved in 13 premierships and 14 club championships...so it's a pretty decorated career for a country player," Blacka said.
"He's up there as one of the greats of the club."
Dasey's funeral is being held on Thursday (October 10) at Coffs Harbour. He will be reunited with his late wife Doris and is survived by his three children, Cheryle, Michael and Carolin, along with their families.