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Full name Colin Griffiths
Born December 9, 1930, Upminster, Essex
Died September 14, 2004, Chiltern, Bedfordshire (aged 73 years 280 days)
Major teams Essex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Colin Griffiths was a carefree amateur batsman for Essex in the early 1950s. At Tunbridge Wells in June 1952, he went in at No. 9 and hit the fastest century of the summer, celebrating by flying out to Paris for a Sunday with his girlfriend. A week later, still at No. 9, he scored 89 against Middlesex and was promised a turn up the order. Alas, batting at No. 7 in the second innings he pulled a back muscle hitting a six. With Essex short of reserves, he struggled in agony through the next match at Old Trafford, then he was lost to the family demolition business. Apart from a brief return the next summer, his cricket was limited to occasional club games in the London area - though at Wimbledon they still talk of the day when he repeatedly hit Gamini Goonesena out of the ground. Always a free spirit, he took up mountaineering and scuba diving. He was chairman of the Cricketers' Club of London.
Stephen Chalke, The Wisden Cricketer
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