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FORMER YORKSHIRE BOWLER MIKE BORE DIES AT 69

— 4 May 2017

Mike Bore, the former Yorkshire left-arm bowler who went on to play for Nottinghamshire before becoming in charge of youth coaching at the indoor cricket school at Headingley, has died at the age of 69.

Born in Hull, Mike lived in Knaresborough, and he made his Yorkshire debut in 1969, going on to play in 74 first class matches from which he collected 162 wickets. He also played in 55 List A matches for his native county, taking 50 wickets.

Mike stayed with Yorkshire until 1977 after which he moved on to Nottinghamshire where he played until 1988 and was involved in their Championship-winning seasons of 1981 and 1987.

Altogether in his career he captured 372 first class wickets at an average of 30.22 runs apiece and he had 139 one-day victims. He started out as a medium-pace bowler but was later effective as a brisk spinner in the Derek Underwood mould.

Although not known for his batting skills, Mike hit the headlines with Yorkshire in 1973 when, in the Championship match at Park Avenue, he joined Geoffrey Boycott in a last wicket partnership of 108 against Nottinghamshire. At the time it was the fifth highest last wicket stand in Yorkshire’s history.

Following his retirement as a player, Mike was actively involved in coaching at the indoor cricket school at Headingley and was responsible for the development of many outstanding young cricketers.

He played his early cricket with Hull Town CC before working his way into the Yorkshire Federation side in 1966. He then had a spell with Leeds CC during which he claimed figures of 9-21 against Doncaster in 1968 and he moved to Bradford CC the following season, returning figures of 7-9 against Bowling Old Lane and helping the Park Avenue club lift the Priestley Cup in 1973.

Mike leaves a widow, Ann, a son, Chris, and a daughter, Susan. The funeral service will be at St. John’s Church, Knaresborough, on Friday, May 12, at 12.30pm.

DAVID WARNER

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