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The USA captain who captained Mike Brearley

Another of USA’s advantageous technology of cricket stalwarts in southern California isn’t any extra. Former USA captain and USACA president Jim Reid, who led USA to their first Auty Cup win in 54 years in 1966, died not too long ago of problems from a stroke in southern California on the age of 92.

One of the post-war period’s most noteworthy servants of the sport within the USA, Reid was an lively member of the cricket group in Los Angeles after migrating there from England in 1957. Aside from captaining USA to the Auty Cup in 1966, Reid was an instrumental determine as an administrator serving as USACA president from 1978 to 1980, serving to usher USA into the period of one-day cricket with their maiden look on the ICC Trophy in 1979.

Reid was born in Blackburn, England on December 26, 1926, the youngest of three youngsters to Scottish immigrants. At the age of 15, he made his debut for East Lancashire CC in 1942 within the Lancashire League and performed for 16 years on the membership, primarily as a gap batsman.

That interval was briefly interrupted by World War II, when he enlisted in the direction of the tip of the battle within the British Royal Navy as a fighter pilot. He by no means noticed fight, although his commanding officer throughout coaching was Horace Brearley, father of future England captain Mike, who allegedly informed Reid he ought to return residence to deal with cricket reasonably than re-enlist when his preliminary service dedication had concluded.

Reid wound up enjoying eight occasions for the Lancashire Second XI, all as a 21-year-old in 1948, however by no means made it into the primary group. According to his son, Reid was given the prospect to play for the primary group in a Roses match towards Yorkshire, however turned it down as a result of the cash he made enjoying for East Lancs within the Lancashire League was higher than what the County was providing.

“He had a job at a bank, but didn’t actually work at the bank. The manager was an East Lancashire cricket nut. He got a paycheck as an employee but he just played cricket,” stated John Reid, Jim’s oldest son and a former USA batsman like his dad. “The recreation the place he was imagined to play for Lancashire towards Yorkshire within the first group, his boss put a little bit of strain on him to play for East Lancs.

“They had simply pretty much as good crowds as Lancashire did and if he might make a century in an enormous recreation with crowd passing the hat round, he made more cash in that recreation than he did in a complete yr for Lancashire. He by no means performed for Lancashire once more after that. He by no means stated it however I feel he all the time regretted it.”

At the tip of the 1957 membership season, Reid had grown uninterested in life in England and began wanting overseas for brand spanking new work and dwelling choices along with his pregnant spouse Doreen. Their first desire was Canada, however their visa software was rejected as a result of Doreen had tuberculosis.

The backup plan had been to go to Australia as a substitute, however the Reids stopped off in Los Angeles alongside the best way to go to Doreen’s sister and her husband, a former American GI who received collectively in the course of the struggle. Jim fell in love with the place virtually from the beginning they usually by no means made it to Australia. Doreen’s sister and husband sponsored Jim and Doreen to remain in California and the remaining is historical past.

“Doc Severn, father of Cliff, contacted my father they usually went to a bar to have a drink and Doc was bowling to him on this bar,” John said. “My dad thought he was a nut. He received him to play a recreation with Britamer CC, the membership Doc based. He performed a season with Britamer and after that fell in love with the cricket right here. He all the time informed me if he did not play cricket right here, he would have gone again residence. The cricket anchored him right here and he cherished southern California cricket.”

After the primary yr with Britamer, Reid moved on to Pasadena CC the place he spent 15 years and finally grew to become membership captain. The Reid connection to the Brearleys was re-established alongside the best way. According to writer P David Sentence in his guide Cricket in America: 1710-2000, future England captain Mike Brearley performed for Pasadena CC underneath Reid’s captaincy in the course of the 1966 season whereas Brearley was doing post-graduate analysis work at University of California-Irvine. John says his dad hosted Mike on the household home in Glendale on a number of events as a strategy to rekindle the wartime bond between Reid and Brearley’s dad Horace.

It was additionally round that point in September 1966 that Jim Reid captained USA to a 58-run triumph in Los Angeles within the annual two-day Auty Cup match towards Canada, the primary time the USA had held the trophy since 1912. It was one in all 5 appearances Reid made for the USA males’s group beginning in 1963 earlier than his transient worldwide profession for his adopted nation got here to an finish in 1967.

“My dad informed me when he performed for the primary group in England, he did not socialise a lot. The social side of cricket in Los Angeles, he cherished it,” John said. “He was simply joyful being round all these folks, plenty of them have been Americans that have been studying the sport. It wasn’t as aggressive because it was in England however after the sport socialising with everybody, he cherished that.”

Jim continued enjoying membership cricket with Pasadena CC till 1973 after which afterward at University CC together with Dr. Tony Verity. He tried to stability his cricket with life as a real-estate appraiser within the Los Angeles, although Doreen by no means warmed to Los Angeles and the pair finally divorced as she returned to England.

Jim remarried and had three extra youngsters as he returned to the nationwide cricket scene in 1978 in an administrative capability because the president of the USA Cricket Association. It was throughout his tenure that USA competed for the primary time within the ICC Trophy, which is now often called the World Cup Qualifier, in England in 1979.

“He would journey the nation personally along with his spouse, my stepmom,” John said. “He would go to every of the 4 zones within the USA, the east zone, take a look at the video games and the gamers to see in the event that they have been any good. No different president did that. He was by no means residence. He was all the time flying across the nation completely different gamers.

“He didn’t want anyone on the team if he didn’t know. He had to see them and watch them play. He was very hands on like that. He knew what he wanted and got what he wanted. We only lost one game at that ICC Trophy against Sri Lanka and we should have beaten them. We had them on the ropes.”

The lack of ability to get previous Sri Lanka left a bitter style in Reid’s mouth. By 1980, he left as president of USACA and disappeared from cricket virtually altogether, other than sporadic appearances at Woodley Park in Los Angeles. In later years he suffered from dementia in addition to a collection of strokes, the final of which lastly took his life on September 27. But his cricketing legacy lives on in southern California by means of his son John and numerous generations of gamers at Pasadena CC, University CC and the remainder of the Southern California Cricket Association.

“He loved playing for the US and leading the US,” John stated.

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