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Old 6th April 2020, 16:16   #1
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Forgotten heroes

Iím sure we all have great memories of players who once hit the headlines but are never mentioned these days. One player who became a hero of mine in the 70s and 80s was Derek Randall of Nottinghamshire and England. Flamboyant batsman and cat-like fielder, eccentric maybe, but he brought colour and entertainment to the game. He played the game with a smile on his face, happy to be playing the game he loved. One time a lady physio came on to treat a player, then Derek picked her up and carried her off the field ! I will never forget an innings of 40 or so at Old Trafford which was played with such flair and sheer fun that when he was out, the entire ground gave him a standing ovation - I was in tears, it was such an exciting little innings.
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Old 6th April 2020, 17:27   #2
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Randall was an England regular when I first got into cricket.

As well as his fielding I remember him always fidgeting at the crease.

Scored a big Hundred in the Centenary game against Australia. He doffed his cap at Lillee when he bowled a bouncer. Randall was reported to have said it was no good trying to hit his head as there was nothing in it.

Definitely one of the game's characters.
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Old 7th April 2020, 09:42   #3
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I will start with an unusual one.

As a kid I watched Chris Clifford turn out for Scarborough in every match as a very tidy off-spinner.

Born in 1942, he first played for Yorkshire 2nd XI in 1962 (I think) and finally got a few first-team games in 1972. That would have been that for first-class cricket, and he continued to ply his trade for Scarborough, but then out of the blue he was recruited to play for Warwickshire from 1978 to 1980 - I and my friends were very excited by this and followed his performance in every game - especially as he taught one of my friends at school.

He continued to play for Scarborough until the early 2000s, taking 1,400 wickets in the Yorkshire League - an all-time record.

In 2012 he was still playing for his local club, Seamer and Irton, at the age of 70 - in 2005 he returned bowling figures of 7-12 in one game.

So, I guess having started out sometime in the 1950s, his cricket playing days spanned 7 different decades. An incredible achievement.
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Old 7th April 2020, 14:08   #4
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Iím sure we all have great memories of players who once hit the headlines but are never mentioned these days. One player who became a hero of mine in the 70s and 80s was Derek Randall of Nottinghamshire and England. Flamboyant batsman and cat-like fielder, eccentric maybe, but he brought colour and entertainment to the game. He played the game with a smile on his face, happy to be playing the game he loved. One time a lady physio came on to treat a player, then Derek picked her up and carried her off the field ! I will never forget an innings of 40 or so at Old Trafford which was played with such flair and sheer fun that when he was out, the entire ground gave him a standing ovation - I was in tears, it was such an exciting little innings.
I met Derek Randall very briefly at Keyworth CC just before last season. He was looking very well!
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Old 7th April 2020, 16:10   #5
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.....having started out sometime in the 1950s, his cricket playing days spanned 7 different decades. An incredible achievement.
Sounds similar to Cec Wright who retired last year, did he know there would be no cricket this year?

https://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/...taking-wickets

Ending his career with Uppermill seconds, having played 1 first class game for Jamaica in 1958:

https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/S.../23/23073.html

Maybe not a forgotten hero, but an absolute local legend in and around Oldham.
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Old 7th April 2020, 21:42   #6
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Randall for me too. I started getting into cricket in 1976, just as he was breaking into the England team.

I grew up on the Notts/Derbys border. I actually lived in Derbyshire, but because of Randall I became a Notts supporter. Without him, I probably would have spent the last 44 years supporting Derbyshire (gulp!)
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Old 8th April 2020, 15:16   #7
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Old 8th April 2020, 18:01   #8
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Just how forgotten a hero is Derek Randall? I suspect there are plenty of players from that era, some better than him, who've slid into relative anonymity but he's certainly not forgotten at Trent Bridge - he has a whole conference suite named after him!
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Just how forgotten a hero is Derek Randall? I suspect there are plenty of players from that era, some better than him, who've slid into relative anonymity but he's certainly not forgotten at Trent Bridge - he has a whole conference suite named after him!
He's one who (like David Steele, who had a much briefer Test career) stood out for his quirks and idiosyncracies, but also had a fairly substantial career with seven Test centuries in almost 50 Tests. If I had to name the England batsmen from my secondary school days (that era corresponding exactly with Randall's England career) I'd go for Gooch, Boycott, Gower, Lamb, Gatting - I think that would probably be the top five for most people my age - but Randall would definitely be close behind and certainly in the top ten. He sticks in the memory more than the likes of Amiss, Woolmer, even Brearley (disregarding his spells as captain) and a few others.
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Old 10th April 2020, 19:46   #10
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The sad story of Colin Milburn always struck me as a case suitable for a thread like this.
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Jamie Siddons. Amassed 11'000 Shield runs (third only behind Lehmann & Jamie Cox) at an average of 45. Probably the finest fielder in Australia in the 80s other than Mark Waugh. Only represented Aus once nationally in an ODI. Another victim of our outrageous batting depth during that era.
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