Jim Parks junior

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Jim Parks
Personal information
Full name James Michael Parks
Born (1931-10-21) 21 October 1931 (age 83)
Haywards Heath, Sussex, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg break
Role Wicket-keeper
Relations Jim Parks, Sr. (father)
Bobby Parks (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 375) 22 July 1954 v Pakistan
Last Test 5 March 1968 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1949–1972 Sussex
1973–1976 Somerset
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA
Matches 46 739 132
Runs scored 1,962 36,673 2,832
Batting average 32.16 34.76 26.22
100s/50s 2/9 51/213 1/13
Top score 108* 205* 102*
Balls bowled 54 3,837
Wickets 1 51
Bowling average 51.00 43.82
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 1/43 3/23
Catches/stumpings 103/11 1,087/94 113/7
Source: Cricinfo, 1 October 2009

Jim Parks (born James Michael Parks, 21 October 1931, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England)[1] is an English former cricketer. He played in forty six Tests for England, between 1954 and 1968. In those Test, Parks scored 1,962 runs with a personal best of 108 not out, and took 103 catches and made 11 stumpings.

The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, commented "Parks was a gifted batsman and a most effective wicketkeeper". Bateman added "although he never suggested he was in the same class as Godfrey Evans before him or Alan Knott after, Parks had safe hands and was a good stopper".[1]

Life and career[edit]

He came from a cricketing family. His father Jim Parks senior was a prolific all-rounder for Sussex, and played once for England in 1937.[1]

Parks was an attacking batsman, athletic fieldsman and a spin bowler who made his first-class debut for Sussex in 1949. By 1958, and with Sussex struggling for a reliable stopper, Parks made a successful switch to wicketkeeping.[1]

Prior to that, in 1954, Parks had been picked, purely as a batsman, for one Test against Pakistan at the age of 22. He made little impact and had to wait until early in 1960 to score an unbeaten century, batting at number seven, to help England gain a draw and clinch the series whilst touring the West Indies.[1] He then remained England's first choice wicket-keeper through to the mid 1960s.[1] In the 1965-66 Ashes series he made 290 runs (48.33) and hit his fair share of boundaries, but a missed stumping off Peter Burge in the Second Test cost England a chance of regaining the urn.

Parks captained Sussex from 1967 to 1968, before he was succeeded by Mike Griffith. He left Sussex following the 1972 season, and joined Somerset on a three year contract. He retired from first-class cricket in 1976. In 739 first-class matches, he scored 36,673 runs at an average of 34.76, with 51 hundreds and 213 fifties. He took 1,087 catches and made 92 stumpings. He also took 51 wickets, with a personal best of 3 for 23.

He later worked for Whitbread, and as a marketing manager for Sussex CCC. Parks has also managed an Old England cricket team for several years.

His son, Bobby, played county cricket for both Hampshire and Kent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 130–131. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 

External links[edit]

Young Jim, biography by Derek Watts, published Tempus Press, 2005.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
The 9th Nawab of Pataudi
Sussex county cricket captain
1967–1968
Succeeded by
Mike Griffith