Monday, November 1st, 2021

FORMER WORCESTERSHIRE CCC COACH BILL ATHEY IS CRICKET SOCIETY GUEST SPEAKER

Former Worcestershire CCC Head Coach and England batsman, Bill Athey, is the Worcestershire Cricket Societyโ€™s guest speaker at their next winter cricket evening in the Graeme Hick Pavilion on Tuesday, November 9 (7.30pm).

Athey spent three seasons in charge at New Road from 1998 and 2000 after a playing career in which he scored 25,453 first class runs, with 55 hundreds, and 13,240 List A runs with another 12 centuries.

He made a total of 926 appearances as a professional cricketer with England, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Sussex

Athey was a decent enough footballer to play regularly for Brentfordโ€™s reserve side in the 1980s.

But cricket is where he carved out his name and he possessed sufficient quality to win 23 Test caps and also make 31 ODI appearances for England.

He was one of only three England players to appear in the Centenary Test at Lordโ€™s in 1980 and the Bicentennial Test in Sydney eight years later, the others being Mike Gatting and John Emburey.

Athey was a key member of the England side which won the Ashes in Australia in 1986-87 in the opening role alongside Chris Broad. He played all five Tests and scored 96 at Perth.

Non-Society members can attend for an admission charge of ยฃ5.