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Honours Board Legend: Underwood Published: 31 October 2013

Underwood in the nets at Lord's in 1968
Underwood in the nets at Lord's in 1968

Perhaps no spinner has been as devastating in Test cricket at Lord's as Derek Underwood.

'Deadly' Derek took four five-wicket hauls at the Home of Cricket in nine Test matches spanning 13 years and is the only bowler to have taken two ten-wicket hauls in Tests at Lord's - against New Zealand in 1969 and Pakistan in 1974.

Honours Board Legend: Underwood

Despite Lord's traditionally offering more help for seam bowlers, Underwood's ability to exploit wet conditions on uncovered pitches helped him excel in NW8 - particularly when taking career-best figures of 8/51 against Pakistan in 1974.

Indeed, few - if any - spinners can claim to have conquered conditions at the Home of Cricket as well as the former Kent bowler, who took 38 Test wickets at an average of just 16.92 at the Ground.

Underwood is England's most successful ever spinner in Tests, finishing his 86-match career with 297 wickets, and with nearly 2,500 first-class dismissals overall.

A prominent MCC Member, he was President of the Club during the Ashes summer of 2009.


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