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
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history