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    RIP Colin Bland

    RIP Colin. The first great fieldsmen. Although Russell Endean would probably have a word.

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    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...e-1468912.html
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    RIP

    Nothing on Cricinfo, probably shouldn't be that surprised.

    EDIT: Nothing on Cricbuzz or CSA's website so pretty dire all round, actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius View Post
    RIP

    Nothing on Cricinfo, probably shouldn't be that surprised.
    Yeah this news got the attention you'd expect for someone who didn't play any Tests, with South Africa of course not entering Test cricket until 1991.
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    RIP Colin Brand.... great player.
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    It's the lead story on cricinfo Africa and the fourth lead on cricinfo Global.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borges View Post
    It's the lead story on cricinfo Africa and the fourth lead on cricinfo Global.
    It wasn't earlier.

    Also, apparently taking two wickets in 21 Test matches means you're an all-rounder.

    Legendary fielder Colin Bland dies aged 80 - ESPNcricinfo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius View Post
    It wasn't earlier.

    Also, apparently taking two wickets in 21 Test matches means you're an all-rounder.

    Legendary fielder Colin Bland dies aged 80 - ESPNcricinfo
    I think that was more to do with his FC record.... not terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    I think that was more to do with his FC record.... not terrible.
    A wicket every four FC games is hardly Kallis-esque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius View Post
    A wicket every four FC games is hardly Kallis-esque.
    .... if that is your measure for all-rounders... you are going to be sorely disappointed at the very few all-rounders in existence!

    (PS: I don't disagree, but they say he was not a bad bowler. But having never seen him myself can only go anecdotal!)
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    There were plenty of great fieldsman before Colin Bland, such as E.M. Grace, Gilbert Jessop, Learie Constantine and Wally Hammond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    .... if that is your measure for all-rounders... you are going to be sorely disappointed at the very few all-rounders in existence!

    (PS: I don't disagree, but they say he was not a bad bowler. But having never seen him myself can only go anecdotal!)
    I do think there are very few true all-rounders that have ever played the game - if we define them as people who could make the team on their batting or their bowling.

    Even Kallis - he wouldn't have played for SA on the strength of his bowling alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra View Post
    There were plenty of great fieldsman before Colin Bland, such as E.M. Grace, Gilbert Jessop, Learie Constantine and Wally Hammond.

    R.I.P to a cricket revolutionary.
    Neil Harvey too. #bloodyhopeless

    RIP Colin.

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    This is very sad. I always enjoyed reading about Bland. RIP Colin.

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    Good to see CSA pay tribute eventually.

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has reacted after hearing of the passing of Colin Bland in London at the age of 80 after a long battle against colon cancer.

    Bulawayo-born Bland represented the South African Cricket Association in 21 Test matches against New Zealand, Australia and England between 1961 and 1966 and was a pivotal member of a group of young players alongside the likes of Eddie Barlow, Denis Lindsay, Graeme and Peter Pollock who produced a dynamic brand of attacking cricket.

    He had an outstanding batting average of 49.08 with all three his centuries being important ones in the match and series context. A big man he was renowned for his powerful driving and particularly his willingness to loft the ball straight back over the bowler’s head.

    But it was as a fielder that he made his biggest impact with his ability to pick up and throw almost in one movement, at times throwing down the stumps from deep in the outfield. His run out of Ken Barrington in the 1965 Test at Lord’s not only changed the course of that match but of the entire series which the South Africans went on to win.

    Such was the impact that he had on the fielding discipline that Colin Cowdrey asked him to give a fielding clinic at Canterbury after the South Africans had won their three-match there in two days and it attracted a capacity audience. The Wisden Almanack named him as one of its Cricketers of the Year in its 1966 edition.

    His career was cut short when he suffered a bad knee injury in attempting to save a boundary during the first Test of the 1966/67 home series against Australia.

    “On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his many cricketing colleagues,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.
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    Sad to hear about the passing of the #fatheroffielding Colin Bland this past weekend. RIP and condolences to his family #fieldingrevolution
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    Sad to hear about mr blands passing...I was told he was something special in the field. My hero growing up was kirsy and he spoke highly of Colin bland.
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    Certainly sounds as if the now late Colin Bland was pioneer of superlative fielding in SA cricket. Baton possibly handed to @Petethetweet10, who I enjoyed in my youth, then onward to @JontyRhodes8 and @hershybru. Any special additions?
    Defo right Peter Kirsten carried that on from the 70s.

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    RIP Colin

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