R. Tattersall

12-101

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On a rain-affected wicket against South Africa at Lord’s in 1951, Tattersall took 12 wickets in a match that according to Wisden would be forever known as ‘Tattersall’s Match’.

The wet conditions were perfect for Tattersall to exploit and in South Africa’s first innings, Tattersall took seven wickets including those of the captain Dudley Nourse and future captain Jackie McGlew as the tourists were bowled out for 115.

Following on, the South Africans suffered again at the hands of Tattersall, who took another five wickets, and throughout the match Tattersall varied his pace and used the seam as an alternative to finger-spin.

Tattersall was known as a very tall and lean off-break bowler but was regarded unfortunate to play in the same era as Jim Laker, with whom he competed for a spot in the England team