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Full name Nigel Trevor Plews
Born September 5, 1934, Nottingham
Died October 19, 2008 (aged 74 years 44 days)
Nickname Plod, Sarge
Height 6 ft 6 in
Education Mundella Grammar School, Nottingham
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 30-Jul 5, 1988 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Faisalabad, Sep 15-19, 1995 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 18, 1986 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Manchester, Aug 29, 1996 scorecard|
Nigel Plews was an English rarity - an umpire who had never played first-class cricket - and he was only the fourth Englishman to stand in a post-war Test who had no first-class experience. And, as almost every article on him mentioned, probably the only official who was a former fraud squad detective with Nottingham City police. He had played and officiated in club cricket in Nottingham when he was elevated to the first-class panel in 1982. A giant of a man - he was 6'6" - he stood in 11 Tests, making his international debut at Trent Bridge in 1988, and 16 ODIs. After retiring he continued to advise the ECB and MCC on the laws.
He was diagnosed with liver cancer in March 2007, by which point it was too late to operate. He was given life-prolonging drugs, after debate about his eligibility with the Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust, but died in the autumn of 2008.
Martin Williamson October 2008
A look back at five high-profile exhibition matches
Bide your time, put your body behind each delivery, and play with the batsman's mind