Gympie cricket legend declares at age 92
CRICKET: There will be something missing at Albert Park this summer; something that has been around the ground for more than 60 years.
Gympie cricket legend Jim Geiger has decided to hang up his bat after a lifetime of work both on and off the field for Wests, Gympie and Queensland Cricket.
The 92-year-old, who turns 93 this September, has resigned as Wests' president, ending official duties with the club he helped form back in 1954.
A sad Geiger said he had to give up his role to look after his wife Jessie.
She is ill and needs a full-time carer and Geiger says he's the man for the job.
He said he would miss his administrative role with Wests and miss watching the boys run around in the A-grade competition.
Most of all he will miss the many cricketing friends he made around the state and in Gympie.
Geiger's most vivid memory is the day he made 259 runs not out on Widgee Oval in 1957.
His innings included eight fours in one over - back then overs where eight deliveries not six - and a 217-run partnership with his 15-year-old son.
"I would have made 300 if I hadn't run out of partners," Geiger laughed.
He went on to make 1004 runs that summer.
Geiger's on-field career was cut short after he nearly lost an eye in a farming accident.
From there he focused more on cricket administration and never looked back.
His work with Wests, Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Queensland Cricket has been recognised at every level. Among his many awards Geiger was awarded an OAM in 2012 for service to rural cricket and an Australian medal signed by then Prime Minister John Howard for service to sport.
His biggest award was an International Cricket Council medal for outstanding services to cricket in 2009.
He will stand down at the AGM on July 27.