Goodbye Graham

Graham was not only an absolutely top class cricketer, but also a great bloke

Neil Fairbrother
Goodbye Graham

Although it has been a quiet two or three weeks on the international cricket front as far as England are concerned, Somerset are doing themselves and England proud out in India where they are competing in the T20 Champions League.  Having had to qualify for the main competition, the West Country boys have now qualified for the semi-finals at the weekend and will play the Mumbai Indians for a place the Final. 

Somerset, without their inspirational leader, Marcus Trescothick, have performed heroically and last night secured their semi-final berth by beating the Warriors in a tense encounter where both Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler starred with the bat. 

The new look England One Day squad has also arrived in India ahead of their One Day International and T20 Series against their hosts.  This will be a very different contest to what we have witnessed in the second half of the Summer, and if England manage to leave India as victors, they too will have performed heroics.  There is very much a ‘changing of the guard’ as far as one day cricket is concerned at the moment and the likes of Borthwick, Bairstow and Meaker have chances to impress on this tour.

On a note of great sadness, the passing away of Graham Dilley at the age of 52 this week has been a tragic loss to all that knew him.  Graham was not only an absolutely top class cricketer, but also a great bloke.  I roomed with him on my first tour with England to Pakistan in 1987 and he took me under his wing on that particular trip and we became great friends thereafter, although it did not stop him hitting me on the head a few times when Lancashire played Worcestershire!!  He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.    Our thoughts are with his family.

One last piece of ISM news, watch out for Titans of Cricket this weekend at the O2 Arena where Andrew Flintoff will lead an ISM inspired team containing Messrs Collingwood, Trescothick, Harmison and Root into battle against Australia, Pakistan and a rest of the world team, good luck lads!!

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