T.There was no happier patient here than Colin Milburn. The nurses who looked after him during his eleven-day recovery in the summer of 1969 said his sunny mood never left him. The hospital recognized him in its annual report for significantly improving the morale of staff and patients. He raised their morale.

He was the most popular cricketer in England in the late 1960s: he played the game with joyful freedom, as if it were just a game, and had time for everyone, no matter who he was. They called him the “Burnopfield Basher” after the small Durham mining village he came from and his father before him. Or Ollie, mostly halfway through