WORLD Cricketing Legend Sir Garfield Sobers – star of the West Indies and scourge of the England crease, is at Christchurch Regent Centre on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
If you can’t tell your silly mid-on from your googlies, now is your chance to find out.
Who better than the man who played first class and international cricket between 1952 and 1974 to tell you all?
This hugely talented all-rounder, who captained the West Indies and still holds the record for six sixes in one over, will be recounting anecdotes from his playing career; talking about his National Hero status in his home island of Barbados, giving his views on the state of International cricket today and he might even have a few tips for the current England side!
Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers, was born in Bay Land, St. Michael Parish, Barbados. Undoubtedly the greatest cricket player of his era, he was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international cricket.
In 1998, Barbados declared him a national hero.
Many adjectives have been used to describe him; the great Barbadian cricketer, the greatest all rounder, the cricketer’s cricketer, etc. Certainly, there will be no other like him. Sobers first played first-class cricket for Barbados at the age of 16, playing against India.
He played his first Test match in 1954 against England in Kingston, Jamaica getting four wickets. He then showed promise during a 1957 English Tour, but it was during the 1957 to 58 tour of Pakistan where he set the highest Test score of the time by scoring 365 not out. Sobers then joined the Lancashire League before playing for Nottinghamshire where he developed an extremely fast bowl.
He then bowled for South Australia setting records and completing an unprecedented feat during his first season there: 1000 runs and 50 wickets twice in an Australian season – something that no one else was able to complete even once. South Australia would go on to win the Sheffield Shield.
He went on to captain the West Indies team in 39 Tests between 1965 and 1972.
After 20 years of playing cricket, Sir Garfield Sobers retired in 1974, holding the record for the most runs in a Test career at that time.
So don’t be out for a duck and miss this opportunity to meet probably the World’s Greatest Cricketer.
Sir Garfield Sobers is at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Tuesday, August 12, 7.30pm.
There will be a Meet and Greet and Q&A session with Sir Garfield too. Tickets: £24.50 Concessions: £22.50. Tel Regent Centre: 01202 499199.