Derek Randall

Country: England
Born: February 24, 1951, Retford, Nottinghamshire
Height: 5ft 8in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Derek Randall Bio

Derek William Randall, popularly known as “Arkle,” was a highly talented cricket player from England. He was born on February 24, 1951, in Retford, Nottinghamshire. Known for his exceptional fielding skills and eccentric batting style, Randall left an indelible mark on the sport.

Randall’s fielding abilities were unparalleled, establishing him as one of the best in the game. His anticipation and lightning-fast speed across the ground allowed him to save countless runs and dismiss many batsmen. He was often seen galloping into the covers, his agility evident in his ability to catch the ball just inches off the ground. With him stationed on one side and the legendary David Gower on the other, opposition batsmen rarely dared to take quick singles against England.

However, Randall’s contributions extended far beyond his fielding prowess. His batting was equally impressive, although his Test record suggests a lack of consistency. In his 47 Test matches, he accumulated 2,470 runs at an average of just over 33. When he was in form, his batting was truly extraordinary. One prime example was his match-winning performance in Sydney in 1978-79. Facing a deficit of 142 runs in the first innings, Randall held England’s second innings together with a magnificent 150. Another exceptional innings came in the Centenary Test of 1977 in Melbourne, where he scored an incredible 174. Although England came close, falling 46 runs short of victory, Randall’s valiant efforts were commendable.

Randall’s on-field exploits were often accompanied by moments of drama. His lightning-quick run-out of Rick McCosker in the Test match that secured the Ashes for England at Headingley in 1977 was a sight to behold. However, he himself fell victim to a ridiculous run-out in the previous Test at Trent Bridge, courtesy of Geoffrey Boycott’s misunderstanding. Nevertheless, Boycott made amends by reaching his 99th and 100th first-class centuries in the subsequent matches.

In the one-day format, Randall’s fielding skills shone even brighter, making him a regular in the England lineup. He played in the World Cup Final in 1979, where England suffered defeat against the West Indies at Lord’s.

During Randall’s Nottinghamshire career, which spanned from 1972 to 1983, he achieved remarkable milestones as a batsman. He surpassed the 1,000-run mark in a season eight times and recorded two double centuries. His highest score, 209 against Middlesex in 1979, was accompanied by a remarkable 146 in the same game. Even at the age of 49, he represented Suffolk in the 2000 season and participated in the NatWest Trophy. Randall finally hung up his bat in 2001, at the age of 50, concluding an illustrious career.

Post-retirement, Randall took up coaching and became the coach of Cambridge University. His experience and expertise greatly benefited the budding cricketers under his guidance.

Derek William Randall was an exceptional cricketer whose blend of explosive fielding, elegant batting, and unpredictable character made him a beloved and memorable figure in English cricket history. His contributions to the sport are cherished, and he shall forever be revered as one of the all-time greats.

Derek Randall Career Stats

Derek Randall Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 47 79 5 2470 174 33.37 5625 43.91 7 12 254 5 31 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 49 45 5 1067 88 26.67 1702 62.69 0 5 82 7 25 0
FC 488 827 81 28456 237 38.14 - - 52 161 - - 361 0
List A 467 442 61 12300 149* 32.28 - - 6 75 - - 156 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Derek Randall Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 47 2 16 3 0 - - - 1.5 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 49 1 2 2 1 1/2 1/2 2 6 2 0 0 0
FC 488 - 489 413 13 3/15 - 31.76 5.06 37.6 - 0 0
List A 467 - 36 39 1 1/2 1/2 39 6.5 36 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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