1988 - 1989 Season Report
1988 - 1989 Season
Geoff Miller made his third guest speaker appearance on the 3rd November 1988.
Jim Combes made his second appearance at the dinner on the 24th November 1988.
Paul Pridgeon of Shropshire, Worcestershire was the guest speaker for the dinner held on the 26th January 1989. He played 240 first class matches taking 530 wickets and scoring 1108 runs.
Jim Love who was the guest speaker on the 23rd February 1989 appeared to be the natural successor to John Hampshire as Yorkshire's No. 4.became something of a one-day specialist despite passing 1000 runs in a season twice and scoring 13 hundreds. He played three ODIs for England against Australia in 1981 but his best moment came in the 1987 B&H final when he won the Gold Award for his unbeaten 75 blocking out the last ball to give Yorkshire victory by virtue of losing fewer wickets with the scores tied. He was to leave Yorkshire at the end of 1989 to play Minor Counties cricket before joining Scotland as a player and administrator and eventually director of cricket. He resigned in 2001 and now runs a pub in Yorkshire.
An English rarity, an umpire who had never played first-class cricket Nigel Plews was our speaker on 23rd Match 1989. He was only the second Englishman to stand in a Test who had no first-class experience and probably the only official who was a former fraud squad detective with Nottingham City police. He had played and officiated in club cricket in Nottingham when he was elevated to the first-class panel in 1982. He stood in 11 Tests, making his international debut at Trent Bridge in 1988, and 16 ODIs.
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