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David Shepherd, 68, succumbs to cancer

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Former umpire David Shepherd passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 68.

The former Gloucestershire batsman and England [ Images ] umpire officiated in 92 Tests and 172 one-day internationals, including three World Cup finals.
A statement on Gloucestershire's website said: "David brought to all aspects of cricket a cheerful westcountry approach.

"He was respected by all with whom he came in contact, especially the international players with whom he encountered in so many Test matches.

"He always brought a smile to all our faces. For him cricket was a lovely game, a simple game and a game to be enjoyed. He himself brought so much enjoyment to so many of us.

"Our sympathies are with his wife and family."

A right-handed batsman from Devon, Shepherd played 282 first-class matches and scored 12 centuries.

He was famous for his aversion to the 'Nelson' - scores with a multiple of 111 - at which he hopped on one leg at the crease between deliveries.

It was fitting that his retirement came 200 years after the Battle of Trafalgar; Lord Admiral Nelson's most famous, and final, military campaign.

He played county cricket for Gloucestershire, from 1965-79, hitting 10,672 runs.

He was appointed a first-class umpire in 1981 and swiftly went up the ranks, making his Test debut in an Ashes Test four years later.

His final international match was the One-Day International between England and Australia [ Images ] at the Brit Oval on July 12, 2005.

As well as a reputation for fairness and impartiality, Shepherd's pragmatic approach and warm personality for over two decades earned him respect from top international players and popularity with cricket fans around the world.

one of the worlds greatest umpires the world has ever seen .... may his soul rest in peace ...
Dickie Bird was another all time great ... Bird, 76 is still alive ...


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Oh. That is a very sad news. We remember Shepherd for his forthright
umpiring and pleasing manners. How can one forget his one legged
stance when the score stood at 111?
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