Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Derek ‘Arkle’ Randall Is Society Guest Speaker

Former England and Nottinghamshire batsman Derek Randall will be the guest speaker of the Worcestershire Cricket Society when they stage their latest winter cricket evening in the Hick Pavilion on Tuesday (7.30pm start).

Randall scored 2,470 runs in 47 Tests at an average of 33.37 with seven centuries including a brilliant 174 in the 1977 Centenary Test against Australia at Melbourne.

He was ahead of his time with the kind of brilliant fielding when patrolling the covers that is now commonplace in the modern game.

Randall – now aged 67 –  ended his career with 28,456 first class runs at an average of 38.14 with 52 hundreds and 12,300 List A runs at 32.28.

He made his first class debut for Nottinghamshire in 1972 against Essex and top-scored with 78 batting at number eight.

Retford born Randall, known as ‘Arkle’ after the famous racehorse, played first class cricket for two decades before retiring in 1993 and the ‘Derek Randall Suite’ is named in his honour at Trent Bridge.

He then played for Suffolk until the turn of the century at the age of 49 and coached Cambridge University and at Bedford School where he played a significant role in the development of Alastair Cook.

Randall will be recalling stories from all parts of his career before participating in a Q and A session with Society members.

*Non Society members can attend winter cricket evenings for an admission charge of £5 per evening.