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Thread #156178   Message #3680802
Posted By: GUEST,MikeL2
28-Nov-14 - 02:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: Australian Cricketer Dies From Injuries
Subject: RE: BS: Australian Cricketer Dies From Injuries

I go along with BWM - Boycott played for Boycott first and foremost. He was a very good opener with very sound technique and immense patience and concentration. He may have a point about batsmen taking more time to practice watching the ball on to the bat though.
Not one of the world's nice guys though.

I loved watching Derek Randall (Arkle as he was called). He was a great fielder and was probably the first player to play to the crowd with his enjoyable comic antics. No mean batsman either.

I met him and most of the England test team when we were playing at the Ashley Hotel in Hale. I didn't know that the England team were staying there whilst playing in the Old Trafford Test.

IMHO one of the best fielders in the World along with Colin Bland and Jonty Rhodes.

Derek came down to watch us and invited us up to the lounge where the rest of the team were. They asked for a sing song so we obliged.

They kept us well oiled with ale and we had a great time.