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Jack Bond: Lancashire Lad, Lancashire Leader

Written by Douglas Miller

Jack Bond ensured his place in cricket history with a spectacular matchwinning catch at Lord’s. It brought Lancashire the second of three consecutive Gillette Cups, and with two John Player titles, his team were the one-day masters of their day.

Yet Jack Bond’s story is one in which triumphs have been interlaced with struggles, misfortune and tragedy.

On the verge of being released, he was first offered the captaincy ‘while we look for someone else’. His tenure as Lancashire captain, in his own ‘first among equals’ style, ran from 1968 to 1972, before a less successful time with Nottinghamshire. This was followed by five blissful years as a school coach in the Isle of Man, a less happy return to Lancashire as manager in the 1980s, before ten years as a first-class umpire.

His winters are now spent accompanying tour parties overseas, with summers preparing practice pitches at Old Trafford. Jack Bond has therefore enjoyed a long and varied ‘life in cricket’ which the author records with the warmth and humour that have always characterised this true Lancashire lad.

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