Tributes have poured in from across the Irish cricketing spectrum  following the death of former NCU President and Chairman Billy Boyd.

The 80 year-old played a pivotal role in the administration of the game at domestic, interprovincial and international level.

Cricket Ireland Chairman Ross McCollum led the accolades saying:

"I was greatly saddened to hear the news of the death of Billy Boyd. He will be a huge loss to Lurgan, the NCU, and indeed cricket as a whole.

"Billy spent numerous hours working for the greater good of the game in countless positions at both club and union level his contribution was immense.

"On a personal note I have know Billy virtually all my life and I have lost a very dear and much loved friend. My thoughts are with his wife Sandra, daughter Janine and his son Johnny at this time."

Robin Walsh, former President of Cricket Ireland paid tribute saying: “Billy Boyd’s loss to cricket is incalulable: they say no-one is indispensable but some, like Billy, are irreplaceable.

“Cricket matches were the more enjoyable in Billy’s company, not least because of his bon homie and wit. And the countless meetings under his chairmanship were the more fruitful, not least because of his professional approach and thoughtfulness to all present.

“I rarely met Billy without thinking of the name of the international team of days gone by: The Gentlemen of Ireland.”

Another former President Brian Walsh added:

"Billy was one of the true gentlemen of Irish cricket. Someone who was a great servant to the Northern Cricket Union where he brought his professionalism to all that he did, be it in his role of Chairman, President or Match Manager of Ireland matches.

"Billy and his wife Sandra were great supporters of Irish cricket. People like Billy and his great friend, the late John Caldwell are simply irreplaceable."

Waringstown and Irish cricket legend Kyle McCallan said. 

"As long as I can remember my time in cricket I knew of Billy Boyd. He devoted his life to Lurgan, NCU and Irish Cricket and always did so with a smile.

"It was a privilege to be able to call him a friend. He is a massive loss to the cricket community and I want to extend my own, Lynne’s and my parents deepest sympathies to Sandra, Jonathan and Janine."

Former NWCU and Cricket Ireland Chairman and President Joe Doherty added.

"Sad news from Lurgan/Wsringstown. Sincere condolences to Sandra, Jonathan, Janine and the family circle. Billy was a tireless and committed cricket man, for Lurgan, for NCU and for Cricket Ireland in so many ways. May his noble soul rest in peace.

Former Ireland international and assistant coach Matt Dwyer paid tribute saying:

"Very sorry to hear of the passing of Billy Boyd. A real gentleman and always had a word for everyone around the ground. May he rest in peace. 

Dean Simpson of Lisburn CC paid his respects saying: 

"This is terribly sad news. Billy was such a popular man. He will be greatly missed by Lurgan and the wider NCU and Irish cricket family.

"We will certainly miss his visits to Wallace Park with his lovely wife Sandra by his side and of course the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Lisburn are with Sandra and all the family at this time. RIP Billy."

Lurgan stalwart Paul Stafford spoke of the sense of loss felt by all at the club.

"Billy was an ever present from my 28 years at the club. He served as a player, selector, Secretary, Chairman, fundraiser, administrator and many other roles.

"He also represented Lurgan at the NCU, where he also served with great distinction. His support for Lurgan never changed from the good times of three All Ireland cup wins to the lows of more recent times.

"He was always ready with a funny quip or wise words when they were needed. He is a huge loss to the club."

A Funeral Service will be held in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Waringstown, on Sunday 10th March at 3.00pm followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard.