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Full name William Ernest Fantham
Born May 14, 1918, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Died April 16, 2006 (aged 87 years 337 days)
Major teams Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class span||1935 - 1948|
William Fantham arrived at Edgbaston in the mid 1930s as legspinner, but Eric Hollies told him that there was only room for one such bowler, and so Fantham became an offspinner, a decision he later regretted. He struggled to break into the side, but eventually did so in 1938 before his progress was halted by the war. In 1946 he was an ever present, taking 37 wickets including a career-best 5 for 55 against Somerset. Although he played 16 matches in 1947, he hardly bowled, and he was released at the end of the following summer. He went on to represent Mitchells & Butlers in the Birmingham League and also played as a pro in the Coventry League.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.