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Derek Underwood      

Full name Derek Leslie Underwood

Born June 8, 1945, Bromley, Kent

Current age 69 years 86 days

Major teams England, Kent

Also known as Deadly

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Derek Leslie Underwood
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 86 116 35 937 45* 11.56 0 0 0 44 0
ODIs 26 13 4 53 17 5.88 133 39.84 0 0 5 0 6 0
First-class 676 710 200 5165 111 10.12 1 2 261 0
List A 411 197 81 815 28 7.02 0 0 108 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 86 151 21862 7674 297 8/51 13/71 25.83 2.10 73.6 13 17 6
ODIs 26 24 1278 734 32 4/44 4/44 22.93 3.44 39.9 1 0 0
First-class 676 139783 49993 2465 9/28 20.28 2.14 56.7 153 47
List A 411 19825 11099 572 8/31 8/31 19.40 3.35 34.6 25 8 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Nottingham, Jun 30-Jul 5, 1966 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v New Zealand at Swansea, Jul 18, 1973 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Feb 14, 1982 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1963-1987
List A span 1963-1987
Profile

No nickname was better earned that the "Deadly" which Derek Underwood's Kent team-mates conferred on him for the havoc he caused on rain-affected pitches. Such was his accuracy and, for a left-arm spinner, pace - either side of medium when the ball was really biting - that when conditions favoured him an avalanche of wickets was almost guaranteed. His wizardry brought England one of the most dramatic wins in the history of Tests when, with six minutes left against Australia at The Oval in 1968, he took his fourth wicket in 27 balls. That clinched a 226-run win which squared the series, even though a lunchtime cloudburst which flooded the ground had swallowed all but 75 minutes of the last four hours. In similar circumstances at Hastings in 1973, Underwood demolished Sussex by taking 8 for 9 after a bare-footed Kent team helped the Fire Brigade mop up another flooded ground. Underwood's accuracy, intelligence and patience meant he was always a blessing to his captains. He adapted to conditions overseas, especially in Australia, by dropping his pace, and might have added 50-100 wickets to his England haul of 297 but for joining World Series Cricket in 1977, then the disapproved tour of South Africa in 1981-82. A game nightwatchman and a workmanlike outfielder, he was as unaffectedly pleasant at the end of his career as when, in 1963, he became the youngest bowler to take 100 wickets in his initial season. In 2008, he was unveiled as the new President of MCC on a one-year term. John Thicknesse

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Dec 28, 1981

Derek Underwood appeals for lbw against Sunil Gavaskar, India v England, third Test, Delhi, 1981

Derek Underwood appeals

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Jan 1, 1980

Derek Underwood of Kent stands with his arms crossed during a match, January 1, 1980

Derek Underwood of Kent stands with his arms crossed during a match

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1980

Derek Underwood bowling

Derek Underwood bowling

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1969

Awarded the MBE in 1981

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Worcs at Derby - Aug 31-Sep 3
Derbyshire 356 Worcs 316/8
Durham v Notts at Chester-le-Street - Aug 31-Sep 3
Durham 253 & 268/8 Notts 188
Hampshire v Leics at Southampton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Leics 303 Hampshire 172/0
Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury - Aug 31-Sep 3
Glamorgan 329 Kent 286/5
Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester - Aug 31-Sep 3
Lancashire 278 Yorkshire 504/5
Middlesex v Warwickshire at Lord's - Aug 31-Sep 3
Warwickshire 362/8d Middlesex 74/3
Somerset v Northants at Taunton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Somerset 314 Northants 205/6
Surrey v NZ A at The Oval - Aug 31-Sep 2
Surrey 101 & 199/4 NZ A 211
4th ODI: England v India at Birmingham - Sep 2
England 132/5 (36/50 ov)
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