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    Cult Heroes: Andy Caddick

    In the latest of our series on county cricket’s Cult Heroes, we turn our gaze to England and Somerset paceman Andy Caddick.

    In the latest of our series on county cricket’s Cult Heroes, we turn our gaze to England and Somerset paceman Andy Caddick.

    The 6ft 5in seamer is fondly remembered by England fans, and the majority of his International successes came under Nasser Hussain and Duncan Fletcher. Caddick, who played 62 Tests and 54 One-Day Internationals from 1993 to 2003, struck gold when he formed a formidable new-ball partnership with Darren Gough.

    Eleventh on the list of England’s all-time leading Test wicket-takers with 234 at an average of 29.91, Caddick’s devastating spells against the West Indies at Lord's (5-16) and then Headingley (5-14) in 2000 are the ones that will never be forgotten. 

    In the Lord's Test, the landmark 100th at the Home of Cricket, England were 133 behind on first innings after being skittled for 134, but Caddick's magical spell of 13 overs, 5-16, including the prized wicket of Brian Lara, enabled England to bowl the West Indies out for 54 and set up an astonishing two-wicket win inside three days!

    In the 4th Test at Headingly, England were defending a 100-run lead on first innings and needed to make inroads quickly. Gough and Dominic Cork soon had the visitors five down for 49: enter Caddick.

    In one over, he had Ridley Jacobs trapped LBW, then sent Nixon McLean’s stumps cartwheeling, before dismissing Curtly Ambrose in the exact same way and rattling through Reon King’s stumps off the last ball.

    The paceman then took the final wicket to end with figures of 5-14 off 11.2 and win England the match inside two days. It was the first time England had beaten the West Indies by an innings since 1966.

    A one-county man, Caddick played 275 first-class games for Somerset across two decades, having first sprinted onto the scene in 1991 and eventually retiring from all forms of cricket in 2009 at 40 years old.

    He took 1,180 first-class wickets at 26.59 and produced numerous match-winning performances. One such stunner was his 12-wicket haul against Lancashire in 1993, including a career-best 9-32.

    Christchurch-born Caddick also took to T20 like a duck to water, helping Somerset win the domestic competition in its third year in 2005, taking 2-21 in the final against Lancashire and getting rid of Andrew Flintoff - having the summer of his life at the time - for 2 in the process.

    Caddick was still taking hatfuls of wickets well into his later years and was even the highest wicket-taker on the county circuit in 2007 – when aged 38. Well bowled, Caddy!

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