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Honours Board Legend: Fraser

Angus Fraser celebrates with team-mates after their 1995 victory over West Indies at Lord's
Angus Fraser celebrates with team-mates after their 1995 victory over West Indies at Lord's

Angus Fraser was England's unsung hero in 1995, when his five wicket haul against the West Indies set up a historic Test victory at Lord's.

Fraser twice managed to get his name on the Lord's Honours Boards, the first time was during Gooch's Test in 1990 against India, but his five-for against the West Indies, who had not lost at Lord's since 1957, helped set up a memorable victory for captain Mike Atherton and his team.

In a match where the balance of power swung to and fro, Fraser gave a performance that exemplified the control and dogged determination that became synonymous with the England and Middlesex fast bowler’s career.

Trudging in from the Nursery End his figures of 5/66 helped restrict the West Indies to 324 all out, giving the tourists a first innings lead of 41 in the second Test of a six match series.

Fraser's 5/66 v West Indies

Wisden reflected on a contest of “startling fluctuations and compelling cricket”, yet the Middlesex stalwart remained composed as he went for just two runs per over in the West Indies' first effort, where Keith Arthurton was the stand-out performer with 75.

It was the second time the recalled Fraser, who missed the first Test at Headingley, found himself on the Honours Board after taking 5/104 against India in 1990 – a match where Graham Gooch stole the limelight with scores of 333 and 123.

Fraser, who currently sits on the MCC Committee and is the Managing Director of Cricket at Middlesex CCC, reflected on removing the great Brian Lara, bringing up a significant personal milestone in the process.

“Getting Lara out LBW to get my hundredth Test wicket was special to say the least," he told Lord's TV.

"Especially seeing as he'd scored 375 the last time I'd bowled to him.”

In England’s second innings Robin Smith, who hit two half centuries during the Test, struck 90 to help set the visitors a target of 296 for victory.

Debutant Dominic Cork famously stole the headlines, tormenting the West Indies with second innings figures of 7/43 as England won the match by 72 runs to level the series.

Fraser's Lord's record

5 wkt hauls
5 21 30.47 5/66 2

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