Former Yorkshire and England off spinner, Geoff Cope, will be guest speaker at the next Derbyshire Cricket Society lunch, on Thursday 25 January at The 3aaa County Ground.
Cope played first-class cricket for Yorkshire from 1966 to 1980 initially during the era of Brian Close and Ray Illingworth. He took 686 wickets at an average of 25 and also appeared in three Test matches for England.
Cope tells the story of early success, followed by time out of the game remodelling his bowling action; a Test match hat-trick; the drama of the days that led to his joining the four-man board that rescued Yorkshire; and the diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, a gradual loss of eyesight that now leaves him reliant on a guide dog.
He is a favourite speaker on the cricket society circuit with a great stock of anecdotes and a wonderful gift for bringing alive the past.
Cope will speak at the Derbyshire Cricket Society Lunch on Thursday 25 January in the Legends Lounge of the Elite Performance Centre at The 3aaa County Ground, starting at 12pm. The deadline for booking is Thursday 18 January.