John David Bannister
August 23, 1930, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
January 23, 2016 (aged 85y 153d)
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
A medium-fast seamer, Jack Bannister was a good enough player to take 1,198 first-class wickets over a 20-year career at an average of 21.91. His figures of 10 for 41, taken against Combined Services in 1959, remain the best innings figures taken by a Warwickshire bowler, while he also claimed 9 for 35 against Yorkshire in 1955. He featured in the Warwickshire sides that won the County Championship in 1951 and the Gillette Cup in 1966. He retired at the end of the 1969 season; the year in which the Sunday League was introduced.
He started a career in journalism while still a player, writing for the Birmingham Post, and continued to do so for 40 years alongside an extensive. broadcasting career. Perhaps his most significant contribution to game, however, came when he set up the Professional Cricketers' Association which he served for 20 years as secretary and then as chairman and president.
Batting & Fielding