Eddie Barlow

Country: South Africa
Born: August 12, 1940, Pretoria, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Allrounder
Died: December 30, 2005, General Hospital, St Helier, Jersey, (aged 65y 140d)

Eddie Barlow Bio

Edgar John Barlow, commonly known as Eddie Barlow or Bunter, was a legendary cricketer from South Africa who left an indelible mark on the sport. Born on 12 May 1940 in Johannesburg, Eddie was a cricketer straight out of a storybook, exuding boundless enthusiasm and confidence throughout his career.

Barlow’s nickname, “Bunter,” was lovingly bestowed upon him due to his resemblance to Billy Bunter, the beloved British schoolboy character from juvenile fiction. Despite the physical comparison, Barlow was an incredibly athletic and fit individual. He prided himself on his stamina and maintained a level of fitness that allowed him to excel in multiple aspects of the game.

As an obdurate opening batsman, Barlow possessed the skills and determination to see off even the most formidable bowling attacks. His ability to occupy the crease and tire out opponents made him a fan favorite. Alongside his batting prowess, he was also a formidable medium-pacer and a remarkable slip fielder, pulling off stunning catches with ease.

Commentator Charles Fortune once famously described Barlow’s appearance while bowling as “looking like an unmade bed,” referring to his unorthodox yet effective style. Despite the occasional untidiness, Barlow always gave his all for the team, captivating audiences with his infectious enthusiasm and commitment to the game.

Following his retirement from professional cricket, Barlow transitioned into the realm of coaching. Known for his strong opinions and innovative thinking, he became a respected coach at the provincial level. He consistently introduced new theories and strategies that he believed would lead to brighter cricket.

In 1999, Barlow was appointed as the coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team, further showcasing his talent for nurturing talent and improving performances. However, tragedy struck in 2000 when he suffered a debilitating stroke, leaving him paralyzed. Undeterred by his physical limitations, Barlow relocated to north Wales and continued to contribute to the cricketing community by coaching on a local level.

Sadly, after a long and valiant battle against illness, Eddie Barlow passed away in late 2005. Throughout his life, he remained an influential figure in South African cricket and a source of inspiration for aspiring cricketers. His legacy transcends his outstanding cricketing skills, encompassing his unwavering spirit and contribution to the game’s development.

Edgar John Barlow will always be remembered as an icon of South African cricket, embodying the true essence of the sport through his unwavering passion and commitment. His enthusiasm, infectious personality, and relentless work ethic have forever etched him into the annals of cricketing history.

Eddie Barlow Career Stats

Eddie Barlow Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 30 57 2 2516 201 45.74 - - 6 15 - 5 35 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 283 493 28 18212 217 39.16 - - 43 86 - - 335 0
List A 99 98 4 2983 186 31.73 - - 3 22 - - 43 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Eddie Barlow Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 30 46 3021 1362 40 5/85 6/87 34.05 2.7 75.5 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 283 - 31930 13785 571 7/24 - 24.14 2.59 55.9 - 16 2
List A 99 - 5010 2911 161 6/33 6/33 18.08 3.48 31.1 2 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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