Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Jim Love

Yorkshire and England batsman Jim Love is making a welcome return to Hull on Wednesday 12th December. The city holds happy memories for Jim. He played regularly at the Circle in the 70s and 80s, with an unbeaten century against Notts in 1986 a particular highlight. Jim last visited the East Riding Cricket Society in 1987, the year his match-winning 75* gained him the Gold Award in a thrilling B&H Final against Northants. The scores were tied but Yorkshire had lost fewer wickets and Jim successfully blocked the last ball of the match to secure victory. Retirement from first-class cricket came in 1993, but that was just the start of a hugely varied career in the sport. As Director of Cricket for Scotland between 1992 and 2001, Jim led the Saltires to the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 1999 World Cup. He is now Head Coach of the hugely successful York CC, winners of six consecutive Yorkshire ECB Premier League titles, and crowned as the best club side in the country following their Kingfisher Beer Cup triumph in September. In 2011, he managed the MCC's tour to Namibia and was also President of the Yorkshire Past Players' Association. And as Regional Manager (North) for the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine programme, he is playing a vital part in returning competitive cricket to state schools. The Foundation's StreetChance programme, bringing street cricket to deprived inner city areas, launched in Hull just six weeks ago.

To hear more about Jim's Namibian experience click here.

Don't miss what's sure to be a fascinating evening. Humberside Police Sports Club, Inglemire Lane, Hull HU6 8LE. 7.45pm. Everyone welcome! Membership: £15 a year. Non-members: £5 a meeting.