CRICKET: Cricket stalwart Eric dies at 88

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SHEFFIELD United cricketing stalwart Eric Burgin, who was also on the football club’s books, has died aged 88.

Eric, a right arm seam bowler, made 12 appearances for Yorkshire in seasons 1952 and ‘53 taking 31 wickets in all.

His top analysis was 6-34 against Surrey but arguably his most memorable appearance was when he opened the bowling with Fred Trueman and they routed Lancashire for just 65 in the first innings of the Roses clash at Old Trafford in 1952.

Eric took 5-20 and Fred 5-26.

He twice played for the County on his ‘home ground’ at Bramall Lane when it housed both football and cricket and he was a top class bowler at Sheffield United for many years, several times topping the Yorkshire League bowling averages. Eric served the club with distinction as player then secretary for 14 years from 1973 and chairman for 10.

He was on the Blades books as a footballer and played 23 times for York City as a defender.

The funeral is at Hutcliffe Wood on Friday (10am).