View Poll Results: Who was the greatest-ever left-arm finger-spinner

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  • Ted Peate

    2 3.51%
  • Bobby Peel

    0 0%
  • Wilfred Rhodes

    11 19.30%
  • Hedley Verity

    12 21.05%
  • Johnny Wardle

    0 0%
  • Tony Lock

    1 1.75%
  • Derek Underwood

    13 22.81%
  • Bishen Bedi

    5 8.77%
  • Phil Tufnell

    1 1.75%
  • Daniel Vettori

    10 17.54%
  • Monty Panesar

    2 3.51%
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    The greatest-ever left-arm finger-spinner

    This was, fifty years ago, one of the most forcibly-hammered debates in the cricketing world, but, after Yorkshire stopped mass-producing the subject-matter, it faded conspicuously into the background. In true CricketWeb style, however, let's have ourselves a go at reviving it.
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    Rhodes.

    Great list apart from the last 3 though - anyone who's not from the subcontinent and didn't play in the uncovered-wickets era can't have any real case TBH. Iqbal Qasim > Tufnell, MSP and Vettori IMO.

    The 4 consecutive Yorkshire boys all basically have a case for being as good as one another though really.

    EDIT: Wardle, fingerspinner? Thought he bowled both styles.
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    I'd go Rhodes, Underwood, Verity, in roughly that order.
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    This is just amazing.


    And I'll never know how Knott managed to catch the ball.


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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I'd go Rhodes, Underwood, Verity, in roughly that order.
    Underwood above Verity?
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    No way was Underwood better than any of Peate, Peel, Rhodes and Verity. He wasn't from Yorkshire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    This is just amazing.


    And I'll never know how Knott managed to catch the ball.
    Look how slowly it comes off the wicket.

    It is astonishing though. Be fascinated to know which game that was. I'm presuming it's 1974\75, because all the stuff from 1970\71 I've seen has been in B&W.
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    I'd be willing to bet no one playing now could make that catch more than 1/4 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Underwood above Verity?
    Yes, no one else I'd rather have on playing on those pitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I'd be willing to bet no one playing now could make that catch more than 1/4 times.
    I'd not be surprised if no-one other than Knott could have made it very often. Including superior wicketkeepers to he.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    This is just amazing.


    And I'll never know how Knott managed to catch the ball.
    Wow. One of our spinners bowled one like that at Honiton in the Devon League this year.

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    I bowled one in 2004, and I'm not even a spinner.

    Needless to say, I worried about what was in the pitch.

    (It hit the stumps though)

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    Underwood was quality. I never hold too much weight to the comments of individuals but this is what Greg Chappel had to say.

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    Derek Underwood was one of the most demanding bowlers I have played against under all conditions....he was probably the best bowler that I ever faced.

    Underwood has not been given the recognition he deserves.
    And he faced some pretty special bowlers.

    Debatable whether Underwood was a true LAO. Bowled more cutters than anything else.

    Anyway, for me the genius of Verity to claim the above title.
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    Damn, voted Underwood then saw Wilfred Rhodes. Mine lies with Rhodes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Rhodes.

    Great list apart from the last 3 though - anyone who's not from the subcontinent and didn't play in the uncovered-wickets era can't have any real case TBH. Iqbal Qasim > Tufnell, MSP and Vettori IMO.
    Fair enough (except in Vettori's case); I should've given this more consideration. I doubt, though, that it'll make any difference to the ultimate result.

    The 4 consecutive Yorkshire boys all basically have a case for being as good as one another though really.
    Those who saw the first three reckoned that Peate was the best.

    Wardle, fingerspinner? Thought he bowled both styles.
    He did indeed, but that hardly excludes him.

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