TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Bolton cricketer who has died aged 87.
Jack Bond was born in Kearsley and went on to become the most successful captain in Lancashire’s history.
Under his five-year leadership, the Red Rose side won the first two John Player Sunday League titles in 1969 and 1970 and an unprecedented hat-trick of Gillette Cup victories between 1970 and 1972.
Appointed captain in 1968 after 13 years with the county, the former Bolton School pupil emerged from the shadows to hone a collection of promising youngsters such as Barry Wood, David Lloyd, Frank Hayes, Peter Lever and Ken Shuttleworth plus a couple of super-talented overseas stars Farokh Engineer and Clive Lloyd into a formidable one-day force — the finest fielding side of its generation.
Bond enjoyed a short spell with Nottinghamshire in 1974, before becoming an England selector.
In 1975, he moved to the Isle of Man, where he worked as a teacher for five years, eventually returning to Lancashire as manager in 1980.
In later life, he also enjoyed a career as an umpire and continued working at Old Trafford until the age of 81.
However, his health deteriorated in recent years and he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He eventually passed away on Friday.
Away from cricket, Jack married his wife Florence in 1965 and the couple had two children, Stephanie and Wesley, as well as three grandchildren.
Paying tribute to Jack, his granddaughter Kate Jenkins said: "We will always remember him as a fun and loving person.
"Cricket was his life. He also loved going to the theatre and he would take me to any sporting things I did at school and watch."
Lancashire Cricket chairman David Hodgkiss added: “Jack was a Lancashire man through and through. He was a true legend and a great friend of the club. He will be missed by all at Emirates Old Trafford who were lucky enough to know him.
“As a captain, his record speaks for itself. He will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the club’s greatest ever skippers.
"He led from the front and commanded huge respect from his fellow players. He will be remembered immensely fondly by so many.
“The thoughts of everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club are with Jack’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
During his career, Bond scored more than 12,000 runs in 362 First-Class matches at an average of 25.90 and 698 runs in 99 List A appearances.