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Trevor Bailey

England v West Indies, 1950

Those two little tormentors of mine

When all that could go wrong for England did, against West Indies in the summer of 1950

Cricinfo XI

Off to a flier

Darren Sammy's return of 7 for 66 on his debut for West Indies at Old Trafford was not quite enough to give his side victory, nor did it put him in the top XI of best returns on debut. Here are the best of the best

Obituary, 2005

Alf Valentine

© Getty Images VALENTINE , ALFRED LOUIS, died in Orlando, Florida, on May 11, 2004, shortly after his 74th birthday

Alf Valentine 1930-2004

West Indies legend Alf Valentine dies

Alf Valentine, who has died in America at the age of 74, was a vital cog in the first great West Indian team - the one that shocked England in 1950 by winning the series 3-1

Leslie Smith


Alf Valentine

Anyone looking at the forefinger on the left hand of Alfred Lewis Valentine would notice at once the circles of worn away skin caused by continuous spinning of the ball