Brian Boshier 1932-2009 September 8, 2009

Leicestershire's Brian Boshier dies aged 77

Cricinfo staff

Brian Boshier, who played for Leicestershire between 1953 and 1964, has died at the age of 77.

Boshier, a medium-pace seamer who used his height to good effect, had no pretensions as a batsman, and his bat bore the legend on the back - "Running In - Please Pass". In 1955 he did not get off the mark until his tenth innings of the summer.

But as a dependable seam bowler he really came to the fore in 1958 when he took 108 wickets for the county, earning him his cap. He again captured 108 wickets in 1961, and these were the only occasions he took more than 60 in a summer. His form fell away and he was released at the end of 1964.

"Brian was an opening bowler, medium fast," county colleague Terry Spencer said. "He was accurate and did a lot with the ball. He was a great bloke. He enjoyed his cricket tremendously and we had some great days together."

In 170 first-class matches he took 510 wickets at 23.03, including 23 five-wicket hauls, with a best of 8 for 45 against Essex in 1957. His 579 runs came at 4.32. He played only two limited-overs matches, including the first ever Gillette Cup tie in 1963.