Cricket legend M.J.K. Smith may be in his mid-80s these days but here he is showing he can still manage a perfect cover drive and an excellent cut.


The former England and Warwickshire cricket captain roared into action at Leamington Cricket Club to help out with pre-season preparations.


M.J.K.’s son Neil, also a former England and Warwickshire cricketer, is director of cricket at Leamington and his father was happy to pitch in and do his bit for grassroots cricket.


Club chairman Kevin Mitchell, a commercial partner with Leamington solicitors Blythe Liggins, which sponsors the women’s section, said: “M.J.K. is a frequent visitor to the club where he is a most popular figure.


“He’s always willing to lend a helping hand, including giving sound advice to the club’s batsmen.”


And the club’s groundsmen by the look of it – but who’s going to argue with M.J.K., whose cricketing heroics often overshadow the fact that he also played rugby union for England?

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