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Posted on April 29, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments

 



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Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia is often sold as reprinted material; genuine original items are relatively scarce and are becoming sought after by collectors of Cricketana.

Jim Laker (1922 – 1988) was a master of spin bowling who played in 46 Test Matches in the late 1940s and 1950s taking 193 Test wickets at 21.24. During his First Class career he played for Surrey CCC taking 1944 wickets at an average of 18.41.

Of his many Cricket achievements one which particularly stands out is the occasion at Old Trafford in 1956 when Jim took 19 Australian wickets in one Test Match. Having been run out for 3 runs in the 1st innings he set about the Australian batsman leaving only Ray Lindwall at the crease (Jim Burke was bowled by Tony Lock, Leics, Surrey).

In the 2nd innings Australian skipper Ian Johnson was the only man left standing at the wicket. Not surprisingly England won the match by an innings and 173 runs.

JC Laker was born in Shipley West Yorkshire; in his early cricketing days he showed a preference for pace bowling rather than the slow off spin which would make him a household name.

Showing a keen interest in Cricket Jim attended Herbert Sutcliffe’s indoor Cricket nets at Headingley He soon became a member of the Saltaire Cricket Club playing in the Bradford League, at his stage Jim was better known for his batting than his wicket taking.

Stationed in the Middle East at the beginning of WW2, with the Royal Army Ordinance Corps Jim found himself in the company of other notable Cricketers and was soon playing matches between representative service sides with the encouragement of Norman Yardley. Returning from his overseas duties he was billeted in Catford London where he joined the local Cricket Club, it is interesting that from his days at the indoor nets at Headingley the natural progression for one showing Jim’s Cricket talents would have been a trial for Yorkshire CCC however having made an impression at Catford that enviable opportunity was afforded to Surrey CCC who signed him as a professional in 1946. His debut for Surrey was at the Oval where he was selected to play the Combined Services in July 1946 in the company of names such as Voce, Bedser, Shirreff and Watts, Jim scored 3 runs and took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, followed by 3 wickets and a catch in the 2nd innings, it was a good start.

Any Cricket Memorabilia from these early days is always very collectable I personally have not come across any prior to his First Class debut.

 

I have listed below some of the more memorable events in his career from which Cricket Collectables are sought after:

The first match I have listed is his test debut in Barbados.

1948 West Indies v England at Kensington Oval Bridgetown, 1st innings 7/103. Match drawn. The skipper was Ken Cranston standing in for Gubby Allen who was injured whilst sailing to the island.

1948 England v Australia at Nottingham 1st innings (Barnes,Morris,Miller,Johnson) 4/138) couldn’t stop Bradman making 138, Hassett 137, Australia won by 8 wickets.

1951 England v South Africa, Kennington Oval.

1956 England v Australia at Old Trafford, 9/37 and 10/53 in the 2nd innings – Harvey, Mackay Maddocks, Johnson all went for ducks, plus 4 more players including Miller in the 2nd innings.

Laker ended the Australian first innings with 7 wickets for 8 runs in 22 balls.

Any joint signatures from County Championship matches with his team mate Tony Lock are rare but great finds if you come across them. If they are authentic buy them. The two spin bowlers made a formidable partnership which helped win the County Championship on seven consecutive occasions.

 

Full name

James Charles Laker

Born

9 February 1922
BradfordYorkshireEngland

Died

23 April 1986 (aged 64)
PutneyLondonEngland

Batting style

Right-handed

Bowling style

Right arm off break

International information

National side

England

Test debut (cap 328)

21 January 1948 v West Indies

Last Test

18 February 1959 v Australia

Domestic team information

Years

Team

1962–1964 Essex
1946–1959 Surrey
1951–1952 Auckland

Career statistics

Competition

Test

First-class

Matches

46 450

Runs scored

676 7,304

Batting average

14.08 16.60

100s/50s

0/2 2/18

Top score

63 113

Balls bowled

12,027 101,370

Wickets

193 1,944

Bowling average

21.24 18.41

5 wickets in innings

9 127

10 wickets in match

3 32

Best bowling

10/53 10/53

Catches/stumpings

12/– 270/–

Source: CricketArchive, 7 January 2009

 

Good luck with your collecting

Do let me know how you get on??

Tony Selby

Cricket Memorabilia


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