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Post by Fists of Fury Sun 30 Oct 2011, 8:01 pm

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Evening fellas

Your votes on who you believe to be the ten greatest Test all-rounders of all time have been taken into account, and as a result the following official 606v2 cricket rankings have been compiled.

Thanks for voting, the 10 greatest Test wicket-keepers vote will be the next one up in the series.

1. Garfield Sobers
2. Jacques Kallis
3. Imran Khan
4. Keith Miller
5. Ian Botham
6. Kapil Dev
7. Shaun Pollock
8. Richard Hadlee
9. Mike Procter
10= Andrew Flintoff
10= Tony Greig

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Richie Benaud and Vinoo Mankad were voted into joint 11th place, for the record.

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Post by Hoggy_Bear Mon 12 Dec 2011, 10:35 am

kwinigolfer wrote:Love to hear stories about Keith Miller:
"I'll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is flying at 5,000 feet with a Masserschmidt up your arse."


There's a couple of Miller stories on the 'It's a funny old game' thread that you might find amusing.

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket Mon 12 Dec 2011, 9:07 pm

Geoff Hurst - also played cricket, for Essex. After a stellar and lengthy career he ended with career stats of played one match scoring 0* and 0 (according to Wiki)

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Post by guildfordbat Tue 13 Dec 2011, 12:05 am

Alastair Hignell - England Rugby Union fullback and Gloucs middle order bat. He played cricket with the previously mentioned Arthur Milton.

The late David Bairstow (father of Jonny) played cricket for England and Yorks plus football for Bradford City.

Arnie Sidebottom (father of Ryan) played cricket for England and Yorks plus fotbal for Manchester United.

Quite a few non internationals - most now sadly long forgotten - played both county cricket and professional football in the 1960s and earlier. One I do recall is Graham Cross who played for Leics CCC and Leicester City FC (including two losing FA Cup Final appearances).

Away from cricket - although he shares a name with one of our posters - Fred Perry was a World Number One at tennis and also a World Champion at table tennis.

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Post by kwinigolfer Tue 13 Dec 2011, 12:50 am

Oops,
Forgot about Hignell and shame for forgetting Graham Cross. There must be more, Ian Buxton for one.

We had a thread on the 606 golf board a few years ago about the conspicuous lack of pro golfers who excelled at other sports. A couple of pro baseball players made cameo appearances on the Senior Tour but cricket has a host of versatile sportsmen. Amazing really.

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Post by guildfordbat Tue 13 Dec 2011, 6:58 pm

kwinigolfer wrote:
We had a thread on the 606 golf board a few years ago about the conspicuous lack of pro golfers who excelled at other sports. A couple of pro baseball players made cameo appearances on the Senior Tour but cricket has a host of versatile sportsmen. Amazing really.

A few years or more ago, Essex seamer Ian Pont (brother of the perhaps slightly better known Essex all rounder Keith) had pro baseball trials in the US but it came to nothing.

I suspect the reason for cricket in the past having ''a host of versatile sportmen'' was largely due to it being a case of needs must. A short season paying comparatively little then.

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Post by guildfordbat Tue 13 Dec 2011, 7:01 pm

Remembered another - suspect the Corporal might know this one.

Micky Stewart (father of Alec) - Surrey and England plus Charlton Athletic.

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Post by Hoggy_Bear Tue 13 Dec 2011, 7:06 pm

Bob Willis was goalkeeper for Corinthian Casuals in his early years.

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Post by guildfordbat Tue 13 Dec 2011, 7:23 pm

Hoggy_Bear wrote:Bob Willis was goalkeeper for Corinthian Casuals in his early years.

.... which reminds me that the late Graham Roope (Surrey and England - decent middle order bat, ordinary medium pace bowler and world class slip fielder) played in goal for Woking FC.

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Post by kwinigolfer Tue 13 Dec 2011, 7:27 pm

And Ken Taylor had a pretty good career, mainly for Huddersfield I think, plus Yorkshire and England.

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket Tue 13 Dec 2011, 9:56 pm

guildfordbat wrote:Remembered another - suspect the Corporal might know this one.
Micky Stewart (father of Alec) - Surrey and England plus Charlton Athletic.
Guildford - thanks - must admit this was a new one on me. I also imagine that "GRJ" would have been a pretty good goalie, particularly at horizontal full length saves.

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Post by kwinigolfer Tue 13 Dec 2011, 10:04 pm

Chb,
Perhaps Mickey Stewart was at Charlton the same time as Derek Ufton.

Silly me, and guildford, as we both forgot Ron Tindall. Both Ufton and Tindall compounded their careers by managing as well!

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Post by guildfordbat Tue 13 Dec 2011, 10:25 pm

Silly me - shouldn't have continued this! Wink

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