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Cricket fans in Leicestershire will have the chance to enjoy first-hand accounts of how the game has evolved over the years, delivered in a unique style.
Former Leicestershire batsman Will Jefferson is to participate in a unique family Q&A event, alongside his father, former Surrey bowler Richard Jefferson.
The event will take place on Thursday, March 14th, and will offer the rare opportunity to discover a family’s experience of the world of professional cricket over the past fifty years.
The Leicestershire Cricket Society is hosting the event which will start at 7:30pm at Leicestershire CCC’s Grace Road ground in the Charles Palmer Suite. Admission will be free of charge for all members of the Leicestershire Cricket Society. Non-members will be able to gain admission for £5. Advance tickets are not available; tickets are only available on the evening.
Will Jefferson is a former right-handed batsman, whose career has seen him play for Leicestershire, Essex and Nottinghamshire. Forced to retire from the sport last year, due to a rare hip condition, Will was part of the Foxes team that lifted the Friends Life Twenty20 Championship at Edgbaston in 2011 and also featured in the England A team in 2007.
Throughout a career that spanned across 12 years, Will scored 7,096 first-class runs at 35.83, 3,144 runs in one-day matches at 34.17 and 1,254 Twenty20 runs at an average of 20.96 and a strike rate of 128.48.
Richard Jefferson, a right-handed medium-fast bowler and hard hitting batsman, played cricket for Surrey in the early 1960s as an amateur, then as a non-contracted player when amateurs were abolished at the end of 1962. Later, he captained Norfolk where he settled after his marriage in 1966, whilst still keeping close links with Surrey. He was later listed by the famous cricket writer John Arlott as being one of the best English cricketers that had never played for England.
Throughout his career, Richard took 263 wickets and scored 2,094 first-class runs at an average of 19.75. The Q&A evening will give an insight into the father and son’s personal experiences of cricket, both then and now. Will and Richard Jefferson will candidly discuss issues that have changed the game of cricket over the years, whilst also delivering first-hand opinions and accounts of their own experiences.
Ahead of the evening, Will said: "Having gone down a storm in Sussex last year, we again look forward to offer our unique 'Jeffersonian' take on cricket; ancient and modern. Our aim is to put on an evening of laughs, insights and stories from both our careers. A father and son in conversation about the game close to their hearts."
His father, Richard, added: "I am delighted to be coming to Grace Road to share a stage with Will, having followed his cricket career extremely closely since he was two years old! My own first-class cricket was played 50 years ago, when it was a very, very different game. The evening will be reflecting on then and now.”