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Simpson passes away

Reg Simpson, who was England's oldest surviving player, has died aged 93.

The tall and stylish batsman played 27 Tests from 1948 to 1955, scoring 1,401 runs including four centuries at an average of 33.35.

His highest international score was 156 not out in England's first Test victory over Australia for 13 years, in the last game of the 1950-51 tour. Batting at number three, he was on 92 when the ninth wicket fell.

Reg Simpson, who made 1,401 runs including four hundreds in his 27 Tests, hits a six during the Lord's Test against South Africa in 1951

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "Reg Simpson was an elegant opening batsman who served his country with distinction both as a pilot in the Second World War and as a fearless player of fast bowling.
 
"His 156 in Melbourne led England to our first post-war Test victory in Australia and Reg succeeded Sir Alec Bedser as England's most senior player in 2010.  
 
"He held a deep passion for the game and for his beloved Trent Bridge. On behalf of everyone at ECB we extend our deepest sympathy to Reg's family."

Simpson was also Nottinghamshire's oldest living player. Having had his first-class debut delayed by World War II, Simpson was a prolific county batsman who ended his career with 30,546 runs at 38.32 from 495 first-class matches.

He captained Notts for a decade before retiring in 1960 and serving on Notts’ committee from 1961 to 1998. He regularly returned to Trent Bridge, most recently for July’s Ashes Test.

Notts chairman Peter Wright said: "Reg was a superb opening batsman who excelled against the fastest of bowlers.

"He served Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club with distinction firstly as a player, and then as chairman of finance and president.

"He was an excellent talent and would undoubtedly of achieved even more in the game if his career had not been put on hold for the outbreak of war in 1939.

"His achievements outside his playing career, firstly during the war as a pilot, and later as managing director of Gunn and Moore will always be remembered."

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