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Friday, December 30, 2005


Other Sport: RIP Eddie Barlow


Johannesburg - The former CEO of the United Cricket Board, Dr Ali Bacher, on Friday mourned the death of the second great South African cricketer in a month.

South African all-rounder Edgar (Eddie) John Barlow passed away on Friday, December 30 after a long illness.

Barlow suffered a stroke a few years ago and it reduced him to a wheelchair. On Friday he suffered another stroke.

His teammate from the Springbok cricket team of the late Sixties, wicketkeeper Denis Lindsay, died of cancer on November 30.

"If you look at the Sixties - including the 1969/70 tour of South Africa by Australia, it was the most successful decade in South African cricket history," said Bacher, who captained South Africa in the late Sixties. "We beat Australia eight times, here and in Australia.

"In an era that was blessed with some brilliant cricketers - Graeme and Peter Pollock, Barry Richards, Mike Proctor, to name but a few - Eddie's role was probably the most significant, not only because of his outstanding all-round ability, but because of his positive attitude, which permeated throughout the team. It instilled in all of us a feeling of confidence in our own ability, and in the team, and a belief that we could compete with, and beat, the best in the world."

Bacher added that Barlow had played for South Africa under four captains - Jackie McGlew, Trevor Goddard, Peter van der Merwe and himself. "We would get together from time to time, at various cricket functions, and we all agreed that Eddie was a person who gave his captain one hundred percent, every time."

Really rub it in

Bacher recounted a story about the second Test against Australia in Durban during the 1969/70 tour. "We were 622 for nine in the first innings. I wanted to carry on and make 700, and really rub it in, but Peter Pollock and Eddie prevailed on me to declare. I still don't know how he did it, but at tea I received a telegram. It said 'Dear Doc, please give me a bowl. Eddie.' So after tea, I threw him the ball, and in no time at all, he had taken three wickets."

South Africa won the Test by an innings and 129 runs, and Barlow took three for 24 in the first innings, and three for 63 in the second.

Barlow, who was born on August 12, 1940, represented his country from 1961 to 1970, and also played for Transvaal (now known as Gauteng), Western Province and Derbyshire in England during his distinguished career that spanned 21 years.

Nicknamed "Bunter", the bespectacled, slightly chubby Barlow played 30 Tests and scored 2 561 runs which included six centuries and 15 half-centuries. He also took 40 wickets for an average 34.05 runs with the best figures of five for 85.

Superb athlete

Barlow's superb knowledge of the game was recognised when he was appointed to coach Bangladesh in 1999.

"He was a superb athlete," said Bacher. "He played rugby for Transvaal, and if he had continued playing rugby, he may well have gone on to play for South Africa. As a cricketer, he was very successful as player, captain and coach."

He expressed his sadness that two of his teammates, Barlow and Lindsay, had died within a short space of time. "We were a very happy team," he said. "There was a great sense of camaraderie, and a self-belief that we could beat the best, and be the best."

After the cancellation of South Africa's 1970 tour of England, Barlow and Richards joined the replacement Rest of the World side, under the captaincy of Gary Sobers. The Rest of the World beat England four-one in the unofficial Test series. Barlow made 119 at Lords, and 142 at Trent Bridge. He also topped the visitors' bowling averages with 20 wickets at 19.80. At Headingley, he took four wickets in five balls, including a hat-trick.

I am Stunned!

Always admired Eddie Barlow.

RIP Mr. Barlow.
This is sad news.
I was honoured to have known him and he impressed me as a player, administrator, coach and person.
I have to admit, picked a tear! Must be the age thing but I remeber him as one of my heros. Just the other day I was thinking, hit the f*cker as was his moto! If you nick it at least it will clear the slips....!

How we need guys like him to beat the farking Ozzies!!!
RIGHT!!! For the third time in a row I forgot my freaken password...!!! BUT ANYWHO the last post was from me ...Koos!!!

PS I will find it....maybe?!?!?
Howzit Koos  
I met Eddie for the first time at Black Heath in England during 1987 when he was the resident Pro. I was with a SA schools team who were due to play them but due to rain the match was cancelled and we spent the time listening to Eddie. It was fascinating. The kids sucked up every word like a sponge. His stories, motivation and general cricket knowledge was astounding.

I next met him in Bloemfontein during 1991 when at a net practice he had instructed my son to bowl out swingers. He duly did this but slipped in an in ducker that bowled Rudy Steyn. The next moment my son was flat on his back after a Barlow slap. “When I say out swingers I mean out swingers,” he roared.

He was a fantastic man, coach, and a thorough gentleman.

R I P.
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