CHRISTMAS TIME, MISTLETOE AND WHINE
Cricketer John Edrich has died aged 83. The last survivor of five Edrich family members who all played first class cricket, he played for England between 1963 and 1976. His form as a batsman at the crease, including breaking the then world record in 1971 for runs during an Ashes match, helped England go 27 test matches and 3 years without defeat from 1968-71. He played for, and became the President of, Surrey Cricket Club. All in all, there was a bit of whining about how he was a boring candidate for the DDP and other deadpools, but to be honest he seemed quite the impressive chap if you know about cricket. Which I admittedly don’t. In 2000, he announced incurable cancer and about a decade to live, but appeared to go into remission through the use of mistletoe injections. This bought an extra decade before his death just before Christmas. Edrich was picked by two teams, Coffin Fit and Dead Loss.
21 June 1937 – 23 December 2020