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    Yorkshire Cricket Legend Dies Aged 89
Yorkshire Cricket Legend Dies Aged 89

Yorkshire Cricket Legend Dies Aged 89

Doug Padgett, a distinguished cricketer from Yorkshire, passed away this January at the age of 89, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering dedication to the sport at various levels. Over his illustrious 20-year playing career, Padgett shone as one of the most talented right-handed batsmen in England in the post-World War II era.

Although his international appearances were limited to just two England caps, Padgett played a pivotal role in one of Yorkshire's most triumphant cricketing eras, contributing significantly to the team's capture of seven County Championship titles within a decade. Transitioning seamlessly into a coaching role after his playing days, Padgett continued to excel in guiding future talent.

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Born on July 20, 1934, in Bradford, Douglas Ernest Vernon Padgett was the youngest son of Harry Granville Padgett, a sheet metal worker, and his wife Lilian. His early sporting prowess emerged during his time at Thorne Secondary Modern School, where he captained the Bradford Schools in both cricket and football.

At the age of 13, Padgett showcased his batting skills as an opener for his local club, Idle, in the Bradford League, later earning accolades representing Yorkshire Schools and England Schools. Renowned for his technical finesse and elegance at the crease, Padgett's style mirrored that of his idol, Len Hutton. His repertoire of shots, including a graceful leg glance, contributed to his consistent run-scoring.

A move to Bowling Old Lane saw Padgett emerge as the top run-scorer in the Bradford League. Regular participation in Yorkshire Colts and guidance from Arthur Mitchell at Yorkshire's winter nets paved the way for his early entry into first-class cricket. Making his debut for Yorkshire at Taunton at the tender age of 16, Padgett holds the distinction of being one of the county's youngest players.

Following a stint in National Service in 1953, Padgett's return to Yorkshire in 1955 marked a period of sustained success. Cementing his place as Yorkshire's No. 3 batsman, he was capped by the county in 1958, achieving a career-best 161 not out against Oxford University the following season. His pivotal role in securing Yorkshire's championship win over Sussex in 1959 further underscored his prowess as a match-winner.

Continuing his stellar performances, Padgett earned Test call-ups against South Africa in 1960 before representing England A on a tour of New Zealand. A mainstay in the Yorkshire team throughout the 1960s, Padgett's benefit year in 1968 celebrated a remarkable career that spanned 506 first-class appearances, accumulating 21,124 runs and showcasing his versatility with occasional bowling contributions and proficient fielding.

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Transitioning into a coaching role in 1971, Padgett succeeded Arthur Mitchell as Yorkshire coach, steering the Second XI to success in the Minor Counties Championship in 1972 and 1977. Notably, his coaching mentorship nurtured talents like Michael Vaughan, who would go on to earn international acclaim.

Padgett's illustrious career and contributions to Yorkshire cricket stand as a testament to his enduring legacy in the sport. Survived by his two daughters and a son, Doug Padgett's impact on the cricketing landscape remains indelible.

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