Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

County Legend Gifford Celebrates 75Th Birthday This Week

County Legend Gifford Celebrates 75Th Birthday This Week

Worcestershire legend Norman Gifford this week celebrated his 75th birthday and is still actively involved at New Road today as the county's part-time spin bowling coach.

Norman is able to impart an incredible amount of knowledge to the likes of Shaaiq Choudhry, Brett D'Oliveira, Moeen Ali and Ben Twohig.

A look back at 'Giff's' statistics demonstrate a remarkable career in which he was part of three County Championship winning sides at New Road.

He made his Worcestershire debut in 1960 and the following year enjoyed his most prolific season with 133 first class wickets.

Norman was a key member of the 1964 Championship winning side – when he again topped the 100 wicket mark and that summer made his Test debut in the Ashes.

He helped Worcestershire to retain the Championship in 1965 and then in 1971 earned a Test recall after a seven year absence in place of Derek Underwood.

He had graduated to being Worcestershire captain by the time of the third Championship title in 1974.

Gifford played his last Test in 1973 but incredibly at the age of 44 made his ODI debut in 1984 and skippered England against Australia and Pakistan.

He ended his career at Warwickshire and had amassed an incredible 2,068 first class wickets when he retired in 1988.

The experience he is now passing on to the budding spin stars of the future at New Road can only be beneficial.