England cricketer Jonny Bairstow honours cricket legend at St Peter's School in York.
PUBLISHED: 17:09 02 October 2012 | UPDATED: 20:02 28 April 2016
England and Yorkshire cricketer Jonny Bairstow has been back to his old stumping ground to pay tribute to a man who has inspired generations of young sportsmen at St Peter's School in York.
England and Yorkshire cricketer Jonny Bairstow has been back to his old stumping ground to pay tribute to a man who has inspired generations of young sportsmen at St Peter’s School in York.
He presented a signed England cricket shirt to David Kirby at a ceremony to mark his retirement. The city cricket stalwart has been associated with the school for 60 years – and will continue to be so after being made honorary life president of St Peter’s cricket.
David was presented with a commemorative plaque, which will be hung on the pavilion wall, and a framed caricature by John Darmody, the school’s head of art.
His connection with St Peter’s stretches back to the Fifties, when he attended the school and played in the first XI for five years. He graduated to Cambridge, where he captained a side that contained two future England cricket captains: Tony Lewis and Mike Brearley.
He then went on to captain Leicestershire as the youngest ever county captain before being headhunted by the then headmaster of St Peter’s to come back to the school to help with the first XI. He has since organised tours and tournaments, and inspired generations of youngsters to play the game.
Jonny Bairstow, who was only too pleased to return to his old school for David’s extra-curricular celebration, is perhaps the most successful cricketer to emerge from St Peter’s first XI ranks.
The Bradford-born batsman and wicket-keeper, son of former Yorkshire and England keeper David Bairstow, was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year award for the form he showed in 2007 for St Peter’s, when he scored 654 runs at an average of 218. He has since gone on to success with both his county and his country.