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Don Oslear      

Full name Donald Osmund Oslear

Born March 3, 1929, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Current age 88 years 25 days

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Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Nottingham, Jun 5-10, 1980 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 26-31, 1984 scorecard
Test matches 5
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 22, 1980 scorecard
Last ODI England v West Indies at Nottingham, Jun 2, 1984 scorecard
ODI matches 8
ODI statistics
Profile

Don Oslear was a rarity in the modern game, a top English umpire with no first-class experience, and he came to the game relatively late, being 45 when he was appointed to the first-class panel. Within five years he was good enough to be picked to stand in the first of his five Tests and eight ODIs, the highlight being the 1983 World Cup semi-final. His final season was overshadowed by controversy surrounding ball tampering which dogged the 1982 series between England and Pakistan, with Oslear, in his role as a match referee, submitting a dossier to the ECB after the ball was changed during an ODI at Lord's. He subsequently claimed he had been sacked by the ECB, something they strenuously denied. When coloured kit was introduced for one-day domestic matches in 1993, Oslear, sporting a bright blue coat and baseball-style cap, walked out at the start of the first game carrying a crate of empty milk bottles and shouting "Milko". He continues to officiate in good-standard cricket. He was also an ice-hockey referee.
Martin Williamson October 2008

Country Fixtures Country Results
M.C.C. v Middlesex at Abu Dhabi - Mar 26-28
Middlesex won by 1 wicket
Cambs MCCU v Notts at Cambridge - Mar 28-30
Notts 339 Cambs MCCU 8/0 (3.3 ov)
Glamorgan v Cardiff MCCU at Cardiff - Mar 28-30
Glamorgan 122/1 (35.4 ov)
Gloucs v Durham MCCU at Bristol - Mar 28-30
Gloucs 292/3 (76 ov)
Kent v Lds-Brd MCCU at Canterbury - Mar 28-30
Kent 370/6 (94 ov)
Leics v Lbroug MCCU at Leicester - Mar 28-30
Leics 194 Lbroug MCCU 20/0 (9.3 ov)
Oxford MCCU v Surrey at Oxford - Mar 28-30
Surrey 335/7d Oxford MCCU 17/0 (7 ov)
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