ONE of cricket’s all-time greats was in ‘spellbinding’ form as he entertained a sold-out audience in Chester.
‘An Evening with Sir Garfield Sobers’ was staged by Chester Boughton Hall CC at the club’s Filkins Lane headquarters last Wednesday – and the West Indies legend did not disappoint his many fans.
Boughton Hall chairman Jim Law said: “It was a special night. He is one of cricket’s true gents and reminisced on his past and the golden era of West Indian cricket.
“He held the audience spellbound.”
Sir Garfield’s visit was arranged through Boughton Hall club captain Chris Fleet, who met the 74-year-old while on holiday in Barbados.
He was accompanied on Wednesday by his friend and former Nottinghamshire batsman Basharat Hassan.
It was not Sir Garfield’s first visit to Filkins Lane.
He played at the Boughton Hall Knockout in 1960, when he was a pro at Radcliffe in the Lancashire League.
Widely regarded as cricket’s greatest all-rounder, Sir Garfield’s 20-year Test career began in 1954 and he was knighted for services to cricket in 1975.
Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff is the next big name to visit Filkins Lane, on August 5.