February 24, 2010


Keeping faith in Surrey


In the Guardian, Paul Weaver pays his tribute to Arthur McIntyre, Arthur McIntyre, England's oldest surviving Test cricketer, who died aged 91.

But for all his renowned toughness, McIntyre had a human side that helped the players warm to him. "I remember playing against Essex and, in my 90s, approaching my maiden championship century," Stewart recalls. "Arthur walked down the wicket and told me not to be nervous, to keep playing normally and the hundred would come. The next thing I knew, he was calling yes-no-yes-no and I was diving full length to make my ground. He nearly ran me out twice. He was more nervous for me than I was for myself."

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