TIM JONES

Tim Jones may not be the best known name in our world of cricket but the life story of our speaker at the AGM in May is certainly one of the most interesting.

His love of the game began on that wide stretch of golden sand that is Croyde Bay in North Devon. Tim had spent much of his childhood in a wheelchair after several operations to correct talipes (clubbed foot). On that beach he was simply bored and his father began to throw a ball to catch in his arc and throw back to him. When he eventually could walk and take up the eleven-a-side game he did so as a quite brilliant catcher and fielder with a superb arm.

1973 was the next turning point in Timís story. He became hooked on Glenn Turnerís quest to score 1,000 runs before the end of May. The great New Zealander achieved that goal; Tim wrote to him and received a letter and signed photograph. His next thought was "Where can I see my hero play?" New Road Worcester was the answer and for the past forty or so summers that expanse of green with the view of Worcester Cathedral has become his second home.

Tim soon became intrigued by the history of Worcestershire and began researching this and all the Countyís former players. He began to write to them and now has a unique and quite brilliant collection of blazers, caps, menus and other archive items connected to the club. He has a large percentage of the autographs of the around 650 players who have represented 'The Pears', needing only three signatures of those from the post World War Two era. His most prized possession remains his hero, Glenn Turnerís, cap.

One of our gameís great enthusiasts, Tim is still collecting and is a leading figure in keeping the history of cricket alive. He is currently studying for a BA Hons in Cricket Coaching and Management, alongside researching a book he is to write on the life of the great Worcestershire captain, Don Kenyon.

JG

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