Members of the cricket family united at Edgbaston on Monday to pay tribute to former Warwickshire seam bowler and former Chairman, Secretary and President of the Professional Cricketer’s Association (PCA), Jack Bannister.
Jack, who passed away in January age 85, was honoured with a Memorial Service in the Banqueting Suite with former Bear David Brown and BBC Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew amongst the guest speakers.
In a career spanning 20 years with the Bears, Jack took 1,198 First Class wickets in 374 games with a best of 10-41 against the Combined Services at the former Mitchells & Butlers Sports Ground – now the Edgbaston Foundation Sports Ground at Portland Road – in 1959, which remains the best First Class bowling figures in the Club’s history.
He went on to help form the PCA in 1967 and was awarded its Order of Merit in 2011 in recognition of his outstanding contribution.
Jack later became cricket correspondent of the Birmingham Post and was a summariser and commentator for the BBC before later working with talkSPORT.