Full name Norman George Featherstone
Born August 20, 1949, Que Que (now Kwekwe), Rhodesia
Current age 65 years 345 days
Major teams Glamorgan, Middlesex, Northern Transvaal, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class span||1967/68 - 1981/82|
|List A span||1969 - 1981/82|
Rhodesian-born Norman Featherstone was a right-hand middle-order batsman and a more than useful offspinner who toured England with South African Schools in 1967 and the following season began a 12-year career with Middlesex while wintering in South Africa. Although initially part of a struggling side, Middlesex emerged as a powerful force in the mid 1970s and Featherstone was a key part of that team. In 1976, when they won their first title for 27 years, he scored 995 runs and took 36 wickets, and he picked up another Championship title (shared) in 1977 as well as a Gillette Cup winners medal against Glamorgan (to go with his Gillette Cup success for Transvaal in 1973-74).
He enjoyed a £30,000 benefit in 1979 and moved to Wales in 1980, with many tipping him to take over as captain from Malcolm Nash. His two seasons there were among his best, passing 1000 runs both times (he did this on four occasions in all). But at the end of 1981-82 he retired after receiving a business offer and returned full-time to South Africa. He subsequently made a career in sports promotions.
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