Jeremy Lloyds reflects on career in cricket

2020 marked the final year in cricket for popular player and umpire Jeremy Lloyds. Shortly before one of his final appearances at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Academy Director and Live Stream Presenter Steve Snell caught up with Jeremy to discuss his journey in the sport.

Jeremy was first appointed to the First Class umpires list in 1998, and between 2003 and 2006 he was on the ICC International Panel, during which he umpired in five Test Matches and 18 One Day Internationals.

Jeremy went to Curry Rivel Primary School where he excelled at sport before moving onto St Dunstans in Burnham on Sea. He then attended Blundells School, where he enjoyed a successful sporting career playing alongside Vic Marks.

The top order left handed batsman and right arm off break bowler first played for Somerset Second XI in the summer of 1973, when he was 18 years old, but despite giving a good account of himself over the next few years he wasn’t offered a contract.

In 1979 he returned from coaching in South Africa and was due to go to the Netherlands with Don Wilson and the MCC to do 12 weeks coaching. However, the next day he played in a Hallam Moseley Benefit match at King’s College and scored 80 runs. As a result of that he was promptly offered a four-month contract with Somerset.

The all rounder made his First XI debut against Cambridge University at Bath in June that year. The following month he came on as a substitute fielder for David Gurr against India and took a smart catch and claimed a run out.

Between then and 1984 Jeremy played in 100 First Class matches for Somerset as well as 62 One-Day games, including the Benson and Hedges Final in 1983 before heading up the M5 to join Gloucestershire.

In his 100 First Class games for Somerset he scored 4036 runs at 28.42 with a best of 132 not out and took 133 wickets at 34.84 each.

For Gloucestershire, Jeremy played 162 First Class matches between 1985 and 1991, scoring over 6400 runs and claiming 188 wickets.

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