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Colin Milburn      

Full name Colin Milburn

Born October 23, 1941, Burnopfield, Co Durham

Died February 28, 1990, Aycliffe Village, Co Durham (aged 48 years 128 days)

Major teams England, Northamptonshire, Western Australia

Also known as Ollie

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Colin Milburn
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 16 2 654 139 46.71 2 2 91 11 7 0
First-class 255 435 34 13262 243 33.07 23 75 224 0
List A 45 42 2 610 84 15.25 0 3 11 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 9 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 255 7033 3171 99 6/59 32.03 2.70 71.0 1 0
List A 45 1351 936 41 4/34 4/34 22.82 4.15 32.9 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 2-4, 1966 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v England at Karachi, Mar 6-10, 1969 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1960-1974
List A span 1963-1974
Profile

Wisden overview
There's no way of telling what difference it made to England's batting potential when Colin Milburn lost his left eye in a car accident and abruptly ended his brief Test career. England were well-stocked with opening batsmen at the end of the 1960s and, wonderful natural player as he was, Milburn would have had to score consistently heavily for Northants to become an automatic choice. What can be said with total certainty, however, is that that fateful car smash cost cricket one of its ripest characters of any generation - an 18-stone Durham lad with a smile for everyone and a drink with not a few - and spectators hours of joyous entertainment. "Ollie" - after the rotund American comedian Oliver Hardy - was far from just a hitter. In defence his head was still and his bat straight; and his off-side strokes, from either foot, were sweetly timed. But from long leg to long-on, whether hooking or pull-driving, he gave the ball such a mighty wallop that many times it was never seen again. A brief comeback with Northants found him sadly diminished. He drifted a little, and died of a heart attack in 1990, when only 48. John Thicknesse

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Aug 18, 2007

A caricature depicts Colin Milburn's debut match, Northampton County Cricket Club, August 18, 2007

A caricature depicts Colin Milburn's debut match

© Siddhartha Vaidyanthan

Jul 5, 1973

Colin Milburn in action during his brief comeback, 1973

Colin Milburn in action during his brief comeback

© Patrick Eagar

1969

Colin Milburn

Colin Milburn

© Getty Images

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1967

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1969

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