Author behind Dickie Bird's book coming to Cleethorpes
UMPIRE and all-round cricketing legend Dickie Bird's retirement was an international event.
Shown around the world, the umpire had achieved his aim – to go out at the top after standing in 66 Test matches, three World Cup finals and 92 one-day internationals.
Then came his autobiography, which combined forthright views on the game and those involved in it.
The book featured compelling accounts of what it is like behind the scenes in cricket at the highest level, and the hilarious stories for which Dickie, pictured, is so well known.
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But the world's best-known umpire didn't work alone – and now the man who helped him shape Dickie Bird: My Autobiography will be relating his experiences in Cleethorpes.
Keith Lodge, co-author of the book, will be at Cleethorpes Cricket Club on Tuesday, January 15 at 7.30pm to talk about working with Dickie and how they put together his life story. Expect some humorous stories – and an insight into what makes a top umpire tick.
Admission is free to members of the Lincolnshire Cricket Lovers' Society and £5 for non-members.
Most cricket umpires will say that they have the best seats in the house when it comes to watching a match.
Now the Grimsby & District Cricket Umpires' Association is offering the opportunity for more people to bag these seats with the launch of their 2013 training course.
Would-be umpires are invited to begin what can be a long and interesting career by attending the seven-week course, beginning on Thursday, January 17 at Cleethorpes Cricket Club at 7.30pm.
It would also be of interest to any players or cricket fans wishing to learn more about the laws of the game.
For further details, call 01472 220230 or 01472 872557, or just turn up on the first night.