Alan Igglesden passes away, aged 57

Alan Igglesden, the former Kent and England pacer, passed away at the age of 57. He was diagnosed with an ‘inoperable’ brain tumour in 1999.

Igglesden made his Test debut against Australia at the Oval in 1989, and earned his first Test wicket when he forced Mark Taylor to edge one behind. He went on to play a couple more Tests during the 1994 tour of the West Indies and finished with six wickets to his name. He was also picked during the Ashes series in 1993 but was laid low by both a groin strain and side strain. He also represented England in four ODIs and toured Zimbabwe and Kenya with the A team. His best figures of 2 for 12 in ODIs came against the West Indies in his debut game in Barbados.

The pace bowler, who made his first-class debut in 1986, was also a prolific wicket-taker for Kent in the County championship. One of his best seasons was in 1993 when he scalped 54 wickets at 19.77. He played his final first-class game in 1998 and ended up with 503 wickets to his name. Unfortunately, the next year, scans detected a brain tumour after he had suffered an epileptic fit while partaking in minor counties cricket for Berkshire. He also raised funds for the Brain Tumour Charity.

In a statement, Kent Cricket said: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his wife Liz and his friends and family at this desperately sad time.”



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