Former Lancashire & England player Roy Tattersall dies

Roy Tattersall
Tattersall (right) took 1,369 first class wickets at an average of 18.03

Former Lancashire and England spinner Roy Tattersall has died aged 89.

Tattersall took 58 wickets in 16 Test matches and was part of the Red Rose team that shared the County Championship in 1950.

He made his England debut against Australia in Adelaide in 1951 and claimed 1,369 wickets in his first-class career between 1948 and 1964.

Tattersall took 7-52 against South Africa at Lord's the same year and 9-40 against Nottinghamshire in 1953.

The figures remain the best by any bowler for Lancashire, although left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan took 9-51 against Hampshire in the penultimate game of the 2011 season, in which the Red Rose enjoyed their first County Championship success in 61 years.

Tattersall had recently contributed a foreword to the book about Lancashire's triumph last season, entitled 'Champions...About Bloomin' Time'.

He wrote: "Although I can't get to the games now, I still watch them closely on television.

"As the final matches were being played at Worcester, Liverpool and Taunton, I was struck by the similarities between the current Lancashire team and the 1950 side which shared the title with Surrey."

In the 1950 season, Tattersall claimed 193 wickets at an average of 13.59 after converting from a seamer to an off-spinner.

His performance that campaign earned Tattersall the inaugural Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year award.

He enjoyed success on England's tour to India in 1951 and played two further Tests before Jim Laker became England's first choice off-spinner.

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