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BASIL LEWIS D’OLIVEIRA PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 November 2011

04 OCTOBER 1931 – 19 NOVEMBER 2011

The club are saddened to learn of the death of Basil D’Oliveira, Basil was the club professional for the sessions 1960 – 1963 during which time he scored 3667 runs at an average of 48.25 & took 238 wickets at an average of 14.84. Middleton is proud to be the club that offered Basil his chance to play cricket in England.

Basil first arrived at Middleton on cold early April day in 1960 having been signed as a late replacement professional for Wes Hall who had been forced to withdraw from his contract. At first Basil who was on his own in his first session at Middleton found it very hard to adjust not only to living as a coloured in an all white community but adapting to playing on grass pitches but he listened to advice from senior players and adapted to playing on green English pitches. Adjusting to life off the field was more difficult  Basil drank only orange juice at that time and would always walk some two steps behind you, on taking him into a pub for a drink he would look for the door for the none whites to use. As his first session progressed he grew in confidence and finished the season with 930 runs and took 71 wickets. 930 runs & 71 may not seem a lot by today’s standard but then we were playing on uncovered pitches and clubs had world class professional in the likes of Gary Sobers & others.

 

Basil returned in 1961 for a further session this time with his wife Naomi and  young son Damian The club had found a small terraced house for him and his family close to the club ( Naomi call it her little palace). Basil had also found himself a job with a local printing company he staid with the club as professional until the end of the 1963 session. He moving on then to play County cricket with Worcestershire and England, having been rejected by Lancashire as only a Saturday afternoon cricketer the rest is history.

Basil was a very private man who loved his wife and family he enjoyed a drink and loved a good argument. He will be sadly missed not only by his wife and family, by members of Middleton Cricket Club and the wider cricketing world.

Basil can best be summed up by the words on the front of his 1990 Testimonial Year Brochure “a cricketer with character.”  He was a legend in his own lifetime.

Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Naomi, sons Damian & Shaun there wives & children.

 

John Fielden

20 November 2011     

 

 
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