Wilf Slack      

Full name Wilfred Norris Slack

Born December 12, 1954, Troumaca, St Vincent

Died January 15, 1989, Banjul, The Gambia (aged 34 years 34 days)

Major teams England, Middlesex, Windward Islands

Nickname Wilf, Slacky

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Height 5 ft 10 in

Education Wellesbourne Secondary, High Wycombe

Wilfred Norris Slack
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 0 81 52 13.50 237 34.17 0 1 9 0 3 0
ODIs 2 2 0 43 34 21.50 85 50.58 0 0 5 1 0 0
First-class 237 398 40 13950 248* 38.96 25 75 174 0
List A 183 173 20 4639 122* 30.32 3 31 36 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 237 1519 688 21 3/17 32.76 2.71 72.3 0 0
List A 183 1766 1352 45 5/32 5/32 30.04 4.59 39.2 0 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 7-12, 1986 scorecard
Last Test England v India at Leeds, Jun 19-23, 1986 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 4, 1986 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 19, 1986 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1977-1988
List A span 1978-1988
Profile

Wilf Slack, the Middlesex and England left-handed opener, collapsed and died while batting in Banjul, capital of The Gambia, on January 15, 1989, at the age of 34. He had suffered four blackouts on the field or in the nets in the two previous years, but exhaustive tests had failed to identify the cause. Born in St. Vincent, Slack came to England at the age of eleven and learned his cricket at High Wycombe. He played for various local teams and in 1976, when 21, he was Buckinghamshire's leading run-scorer with 748 in his début season. The Middlesex coach, Don Bennett, marked him as first-class county material, and he was signed by them the next year. However, he did not establish himself until 1981, partly because he was asked to bat down the order. Promoted to open against Kent at Lord's when Brearley was recalled to lead England at Headingley, Slack hammered a maiden century in an unbroken second-innings, first-wicket stand of 367. His unbeaten 181 contained three sixes and twenty fours, and with Graham Barlow (174 not out) he bettered the county record of 312 by W. E. Russell and M. J. Harris. He followed with a carrier-best 248, again not out, in the second-innings of the next match, against Worcestershire, and went on to finish the season with settled place, his county cap and 1,303 Championship runs at 48.25.

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1988

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1986

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