Cricket Legend Derek Underwood Passes Away at 78


Derek Underwood, England’s top test spin bowler and a Kent cricket icon, has died at age 78. Known for his skill on wet pitches, Underwood’s legacy includes 297 test wickets and induction into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Derek Underwood, a legendary figure in English cricket and the most successful spin bowler in England’s test history, has passed away at the age of 78.

His death was announced by his long-time team, the Kent county cricket club, on Monday, though no further details were provided.

Between 1966 and 1982, Underwood claimed 297 wickets in 86 test matches for England with his distinctive left-arm spin. He also captured 32 wickets in one-day internationals (ODIs).

Underwood was synonymous with Kent cricket, dedicating 24 years of his career to the county.

Simon Phillip, the chairman of Kent, commemorated Underwood as “one of the finest players to have ever graced the game.”

“Watching Derek weave his unique magic on a wet wicket was a privilege for all who were able to witness it,” Phillip said. “His induction into the ICC Hall of Fame shows the esteem in which he was held in world cricket.”

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