Arthur Austin      

Full name Arthur Whitelock Austin

Born October 20, 1908, Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham

Died August 26, 2006, Darlington, Co Durham (aged 97 years 310 days)

Major teams Durham

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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Arthur Austin was such an integral part of Durham cricket that the club named a restaurant at the Riverside after him. Arthur, who was 97 when he died in late August, began his long association with Durham when he made his debut in 1936. He was a wicketkeeper and was considered one of Durham's best for the next 18 years. The Australian Lindsay Hassett described him as the best in England. In 60 appearances he made 129 dismissals (67 caught and 62 stumped) including twice making seven in a match. He was never flamboyant but those who saw him remembered him as a keeper who was always in the right place at the right time.

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