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Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 17:20
Bob Appleyard, third from the left, with the fomrer ICC chairman David Morgan, league president Keith Moss and the Bowling Old Lane stalwart Brian Clough who died earlier this year. Picture: ©Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

League president Keith Moss has paid tribute to the former Yorkshire and England cricketer Bob Appleyard who died earlier this week, aged 90.

Appleyard, who was born in Wibsey, played in the Bradford League with Bowling Old Lane before making a dramatic introduction to first class cricket in 1951 at the age of 57.

Appleyard took over 200 wickets in a record-breaking first season and went on to take 708 wickets in his nine-year career and he played nine times for England with his mixture of quick off spin and cutters.

After he finished playing he fought to bring first class cricket back to Park Avenue, was responsible for the setting up of the Yorkshire Academy there, and became president of the county club.

Keith Moss said: "Bob Appleyard was remarkable man, He overcame the loss of his parents when he was young and had to battle tuberculosis both before and durinmg his career.

"He was a cricketer of remarkable ability and was an individual with incredible determination; He was a real fighter and he won some incredible battles.

"Bob Appleyard was a fighter, somebody who never saw anything as a lost cause. He did a remarkable job fighting for the redevelopment of Park Avenue as well as being instrumental in the setting up of the Yorkshire Academy and the Sir Leonard Hutton Charitable Trust.

"He was a proud Bradfordian and always talked fondly of his time with Bowling Old Lane. The cricket world has lost a top man."

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