Born in Leamington Spa on 20 February 1949, Eddie had been on the staff of his native Warwickshire for 13 seasons (during which time he captained an England Schoolboy XI) before he joined Notts in 1979.

His off-breaks claimed 90 wickets in the 1981 Championship-winning season and a year later – at the age of 33 – he was awarded his first England cap.

Over the next nine years, Eddie took 43 wickets in 16 Test Matches, but his international career is possibly best remembered for the 95 runs he scored as night-watchman against Australia on his first tour.

Later that same winter he also took all ten wickets in an innings against a West Indian XI, although the 175 he conceded is a record for any bowler achieving the feat.

In 1987 Eddie took 82 wickets as Notts were crowned County Champions once more, and in 1989 he struck a boundary off the last ball of the match to win the Benson & Hedges Cup Final against Essex.

He moved to Sussex for the 1993 season and played for three years on the south-coast before retiring from county cricket at the age of 46, having taken 1,515 First-Class wickets. 

Eddie continued to play club cricket in Nottinghamshire – often alongside his two sons – and in 2001 he won the award for the best bowling average in the Nottinghamshire Premier League.


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