JIM HIGGS OAM 2017
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 2017 - For Services to Cricket
If cricket is a numbers game, then Jim Higgs contribution to the sport pits him against the greats. As an 18-year-old, the wildly talented leg spinner made his District Cricket debut for Melbourne University in season 1968-69.
He would go on to play 129 District matches for the Students (1968/69, 1971-72) and Richmond (1972-73- 1982-83). He captained the Tigers to a premiership in his final season, 1982-83, and finished a glittering career with 338 wickets.
In the summer of 1970-71, Jim Higgs debuted for Victoria and would play 92 matches and take 276 wickets for his state before retiring in 1982-83.
Jim Higgs was rewarded for stunning form in 1978 when he made his Test debut for Australia in the West Indies. He would play a further 21 Tests and finish his international career with 66 wickets at an average of 31.16.
Jim Higgs twice produced five-wicket hauls and picked up a career-best seven wickets against India, in India, in 1979.
His Australian career featured tours to England (1975), the West Indies (1977-78) and India (1979-80).
Beyond the boundary, Higgs off-field contribution to the game is likened to that of an all-rounder. He’s done it all. He was an Australian selector for a decade from 1989. Jim has been a long-time servant to his home state as a Victorian selector from 1983-84 to 1988-89 and as a Cricket Victoria board member from 2008-2011.
Jim Higgs dedication to his beloved Richmond Cricket Club is exemplary. He is a former club president and member of the match committee and long-time vice president and director, positions he currently holds.
Made a life member in 1979, Higgs was honoured with selection in the club’s team of the century and inducted into the Tigers’ Hall of Fame in 2009. Jim can still be regularly seen coaching aspiring teenagers in the art of cricket and in particular leg spin bowling.
Jim is always available to develop and promote his sport.
Jim Higgs contribution to Australian Cricket either as a player, coach or administrator has now exceeded fifty-five continuous years.
A truly outstanding effort and worthy of the highest recognition.
Congratulations Jim Higgs
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