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Ex-Hampshire paceman White dies

Hampshire

Former Hampshire and England pace bowler David "Butch" White has died at the age of 73.

White played just two Tests, both on the 1961/62 tour of Pakistan, but took 1,143 first-class wickets in a 16-year career, at an average of 23.54.

He helped Hampshire win the County Championship title for the first time in 1961, taking the new ball alongside legendary seamer Derek Shackleton.

After leaving Hampshire, he had a brief spell with Glamorgan in 1972.

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Born in Sutton Coldfield, it was on the south coast where "Butch" made his name, taking 1,097 first-class wickets in 15 seasons with Hampshire - his best figures being 9-44 against Leicestershire at Portsmouth in 1966.

He took over 100 wickets in a season on four occasions, claiming 6-10 against Yorkshire at Middlesbrough in 1965 when a Tykes side including Geoff Boycott, Brian Close, Ray Illingworth and Fred Trueman were bowled out for their lowest ever first-class total of 23.

Regarded by Hampshire fans as the fastest English bowler to have played for the county, his death comes less than a year after that of his new-ball partner Shackleton.


see also
Hampshire mourn legend Shackleton
28 Sep 07 |  Hampshire


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