Category Archives: Obituaries

Gerry Alexander 1928-2011

The final ‘white’ captain was a keeper and batsman who commanded respect from opposition and his own team at a delicate political time writes Tony Cozier Gerry Alexander was a central figure in a significant period of transition in West … Continue reading

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Terry Jenner 1944-2011

He was a legspinner himself – until early retirement was followed by a shadowy existence – but he will be remembered as the man who harnessed the talent of Shane Warne writes Gideon Haigh TERRY JENNER remembered all 24 of … Continue reading

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Eddie Leadbeater 1927-2011

Being a legspinner in the Yorkshire team of the 1950s was an unusual, tricky and sometimes lonely business but Eddie Leadbeater managed it successfully writes Stephen Chalke BEFORE the emergence of Adil Rashid Eddie Leadbeater stood alone in the history … Continue reading

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Martin Horton 1934-2011

A fine and popular allrounder who, after playing, helped to raise the successful New Zealand sides of the 1970s and ‘80s writes Stephen Chalke MARTIN HORTON was an outstanding county cricketer, the only opening batsman since the war to complete … Continue reading

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Jerrold Kessel 1945-2011

Better known for his coverage of Middle Eastern politics, Jerrold Kessel was also a resolute cricketer who did much for developing the game in Israel writes Matthew Engel THE SCENE was the most euphonious-sounding cricket ground in the West Midlands: … Continue reading

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Ken Ablack 1919-2010

KEN ABLACK was the Caribbean voice on the BBC’s radio commentary for West Indies’ historic, triumphant England tour of 1950 (starring the three Ws and “those two little pals of mine, Ramadhin and Valentine”) and for their disappointing return seven … Continue reading

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Brian Boobbyer 1928-2011

IN 1952 Brian Boobbyer had nine England rugby caps and was being coveted by Middlesex to open the batting after four years in the Oxford University side. But at the age of 24 my father turned his back on sport … Continue reading

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Fred Titmus 1932-2011

Only he and Wilfred Rhodes have played for their county in five decades but of all the extraordinary numbers attached to the name of Fred Titmus none conveys the impression he made when he began his waddle in from the … Continue reading

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John Clay 1924-2011

Historic county captain whose identity with Trent Bridge spanned eight decades writes Peter Wynne-Thomas BIKES and buggies. But for them I would be in a better position to describe cricket in the 20 years after the Second World War and … Continue reading

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Peter Loader 1929-2011

But for a sprouting of outstanding England pace bowlers this hero of the great Surrey side of the 1950s would have played many more Tests writes Christopher Martin-Jenkins PETER LOADER was genial company off the field but a feared and … Continue reading

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