One of Warwickshire's oldest players, William Fantham, has died, aged 87.
Fantham, who made his first-class debut 71 years before his death, originally arrived at Edgbaston as a legspinner. Eric Hollies famously told the youngster that there was room for only one leggie at Warwickshire, however, so Fantham turned to off-spin; a decision he regretted in later life.
Fantham was born in Birmingham in May 1918.
He made his first-class debut in 1935 but his career was interrupted by the Second World War and he never cemented a place in the county side.
His finest season came in 1946. That year he claimed 37 wickets at 38 apiece, including a career-best five for 55 against Somerset at Edgbaston, and made his highest score, 51 against Nottinghamshire, also at Edgbaston. He was also awarded his county cap.
In all he took 64 first-class wickets at 45 apiece and scored 1,168 runs at an average just under 13. He played 63 first-class matches.
Released from the staff at the end of 1948, he represented Mitchells & Butlers in the Birmingham League and also played as a pro in the Coventry League. He lived in Nuneaton.