Reg Simpson, England’s old test cricketer who was aged 93 has died. The Nottinghamshire batsman was often known for his “Fearless” batting against even the fastest of bowlers, one of his finest knocks in his 27 tests career being his 156 against Australia that helped England achieve their first post-war victory in Australia in 1951.
Simpson played a total of 495 first-class matches for Nottinghamshire and scored 30,546 runs which included 64 centuries. And, not just this, this fearless man also served as a Royal Air Force pilot in the Second World War.
ECB’s chief executive David Collier said: “Reg Simpson was an elegant opening batsman who served his country with distinction both as a pilot in the Second World War and as a fearless player of fast bowling.
“His 156 in Melbourne led England to our first post war Test victory in Australia and Reg succeeded Sir Alec Bedser as England's most senior player in 2010. He held a deep passion for the game and for his beloved Trent Bridge. On behalf of everyone at ECB we extend our deepest sympathy to Reg's family.”
Nottinghamshire's chairman, Peter Wright added: “Reg was a superb opening batsman who excelled against the fastest of bowlers. He served Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club with distinction firstly as a player, and then as chairman of finance and president.
"He was an excellent talent and would undoubtedly have achieved even more in the game if his career had not been put on hold for the outbreak of war in 1939. His achievements outside his playing career, firstly during the War as a pilot, and later as managing director of Gunn and Moore will always be remembered."
He most recently visited Trent Bridge during last summer's Ashes Test as well which shows that this man still had interest in watching the Gentlemen’s Game. Really, he will be thoroughly missed by every Cricket fan around the world.
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