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The Boil

I’m old enough, just, to remember seeing Trevor Bailey play cricket for England on television. He was known as ‘Barnacle’ for being difficult to dislodge, as described memorably by Neville Cardus in his book, Cricket of Vintage. In retirement, he went on to become of the regulars in the great era of radio’s Test Match Special, making up a triumvirate with John Arlott and Brian Johnston. He died this morning, aged 87, in a fire at his home in Westcliff, Essex. A good innings, a sad dismissal.

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