Jim Love

Country: England
Born: April 22, 1955, Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium

Jim Love Bio

James Derek Love, better known as Jim Love, was born on September 15, 1956, in Yorkshire, England. He was a talented cricket player who showcased his skills as a right-hand bat and became a prominent figure on Yorkshire’s cricketing scene.

Love’s journey in professional cricket began with great promise, as he seemed destined to succeed John Hampshire as Yorkshire’s No. 4. Standing tall with a towering presence, Love possessed an aggressive batting style and played shots with venomous power. However, despite showing early potential, he was unable to fully realize his talents and eventually became regarded as a specialist in limited-overs matches.

Although Love fell somewhat short of his early expectations, his impact in one-day games was undeniable. He often served as a vital accelerator for his team during the middle and later stages of innings. Love’s consistent performances enabled him to surpass the 1000-run mark in a season on two occasions, and he scored an impressive 13 centuries throughout his career.

In 1981, Love earned the opportunity to represent England in three One Day Internationals against Australia. While he did not make a significant impact during these matches, his finest moment came in the 1987 B&H final. During the final, Love played an unbeaten innings of 75, winning the prestigious Gold Award. His innings was particularly admirable as it came at a time when wickets were falling rapidly. Love’s jubilant celebration, punching the air in delight, temporarily dispelled the perception of him being a stoic Yorkshireman. The match ended in a dramatic tie, with Yorkshire ultimately awarded the victory due to losing fewer wickets.

Unfortunately for Love, his career coincided with a tumultuous period for Yorkshire, marred by internal conflicts and unhappiness within the team. As a result, he was unable to fully thrive and achieve the success he was capable of. Love eventually parted ways with Yorkshire at the end of the 1989 season. However, he continued his cricketing journey by playing for Minor Counties teams before aligning himself with Scotland, both as a player and an administrator.

In 2001, Love took on the role of Scotland’s director of cricket, where he contributed significantly to the growth and development of the sport. Despite this, Love decided to resign from his position that same year. Currently, he focuses on running a pub back in his hometown of Yorkshire.

Jim Love’s career may have encountered its share of challenges, but his contributions to cricket, particularly in limited-overs matches, left a lasting impression. His aggressive batting, coupled with his determination and dedication to the sport, showcased his undeniable talent and passion for the game. While Love may not have fulfilled the initial expectations placed upon him, his impact on Yorkshire’s cricketing history remains significant.

Jim Love Career Stats

Jim Love Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 3 0 61 43 20.33 100 61 0 0 7 0 1 0
FC 250 393 60 10355 170* 31.09 - - 13 56 - - 125 0
List A 238 221 35 4962 118* 26.67 - - 4 24 - - 47 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Jim Love Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 250 - 1413 835 12 2/0 - 69.58 3.54 117.7 - 0 0
List A 238 - 204 140 5 2/17 2/17 28 4.11 40.8 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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