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Basil Butcher’s best Test innings came during his wife’s illness


Bipin Dani

Former West Indies spinner Lance Gibbs remembered the incident when Basil Butcher, who passed away in Florida on Monday, played the best Test innings of his life. 

Basil Butcher's best Test innings came

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Speaking exclusively over telephone from Florida, Gibbs, who was also a member of the playing eleven when Butcher scored 133 runs (at Lord’s against England in 1963), said, “it was a remarkable innings played during the sickness of his wife Pam that will always be remembered”.

“We, the team members came to know only after the day’s play that before going into the field for the play, Buthcer had received a letter from his wife informing him that she had a miscarriage”.

According to Wisden, Butcher had only opened the letter during lunch and was very upset thereafter.

“Basil Buthcer was one of the moist dependable of middle-class batsman in the West Indies between 1960 and 1965. He was born in Port Mourant in British Guyana and was coached by Robert Christiani, a quick footed batsman”.

“He made many centuries but his best was 133 at Cricket Headquarters at Lord’s”, Gibbs signed off.

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