|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
Wisden Cricinfo staff
December 31, 2003
Norman Horner, the former Warwickshire batsman, died this week at the age of 77 after suffering from cancer. He played two matches for Yorkshire, his native county, before joining Warwickshire in 1951, for whom he played 357 first-class matches.
Horner sits in seventh place of Warwickshire's all-time list of run-scorers, behind the likes of Dennis Amiss and MJK Smith, with 18,217 first-class runs. An aggressive opening batsman who formed a productive partnership with Fred Gardner, Horner hit 25 centuries and scored 92 half-centuries. He was also an athletic fielder, quick over the ground and with a good arm.
Horner's highest score was in fact his only double-century - 203 not out against Surrey at The Oval in 1960. He had added 377 with Khalid `Billy' Ibadulla - still a record first-wicket partnership for Warwickshire - before the innings was declared without a wicket falling.
After retiring from cricket, Horner went on to become a coach and groundsman at Warwick School before returning to Yorkshire, where he died.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Also, the closest ODI team match-ups, most catches in a T20, and expensive Test debut five-fors
As West Indies play their 500th Test, here's an interactive journey through their Test history
ESPNcricinfo spoke to Ravi Shastri, India's new team director, after the conclusion of the tour of England, where MS Dhoni's team lost the Tests, won the ODIs and then lost the only Twenty20 international
In their pomp, West Indies had a 53-13 win-loss record; in their last 99, it is 16-53. That, in a nutshell, shows how steep the decline has been
Following the bowling ban on Saeed Ajmal, ESPNcricinfo picks five bowlers Pakistan may replace him with for the time being
It's one way to explain India's turnaround in the 50-over games in England
Teams need to start strategising now for next year's event by picking the right men for various roles. England need to get on it sooner than most
To formally instruct Yorkshire that the club captain should have no part in the trophy presentation, leaving him fearful even to chat to the media about the season that meant so much to him, felt like an overreaction
The planned reorganisation of their domestic structure should help the region recapture some of the glory it enjoyed in the past