Former England and Worcestershire fast bowler, Fred Rumsey, will be Worcestershire Cricket Society’s guest speaker for their final winter cricket evening of 2021-2022 on Tuesday, March 8 in the Graeme Hick Pavilion (7.30pm start).
Rumsey also played for Somerset and Derbyshire and was a founder member of the Professional Cricketers’ Association in 1967.
It is an organisation in which three Worcestershire captains Tim Curtis, Vikram Solanki, and Daryl Mitchell have all served as chairman in modern times.
Rumsey recently published his autobiography ‘Sense Of Humour, Sense Of Justice’, and he will have copies to purchase and sign at Tuesday’s meeting.
He began his career with Worcestershire in 1960, and his first victim was future England captain, Tony Lewis, playing for Cambridge University.
He enjoyed his greatest success at Somerset with more than 500 wickets in six seasons.
Rumsey made his Test debut against Australia at Old Trafford in 1964 and played all three Tests against New Zealand in 1965, picking up 4-25 at Lord’s.
He founded the PCA, and it was a significant move in the history of the game as, up until then, players had little or no say in the administration of the game in England and Wales.
The PCA has since recognised his significance in appointing him an Honorary Life Founder Member and a Vice-President.
Rumsey will be accompanied by Stephen Chalke, who has published several highly acclaimed biographical and historical cricket books.
He has twice won Wisden Book Of The Year for his biographies of Bob Appleyard (2004), Tom Cartwright (2008), and the Association Of Cricket Statisticians and Historians named him Statistician of the Year for 2015 for his contributions to the field of cricket history.
Non-Society members can attend next Tuesday for an admission charge of £5.