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Subject: Cricket mourns death of Bill Frindall

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/09 at 10:33 am

BBC Test Match Special statistician and scorer Bill Frindall has died at the age of 69 after suffering from Legionnaire's disease.

Known as 'Bearders' and also dubbed 'the Bearded Wonder' by commentator Brian Johnston, Frindall was the longest serving member of the TMS team.

He joined the BBC in 1966 and wrote several statistical cricket books, editing the Playfair annual since 1986.

Frindall was appointed an MBE in 2004 for his services to the sport.

"This is what Bill will always be remembered for. The weird world of cricket scoring to many people is incredibly dull but Bill made it interesting, he made it lively.

"He was immortalised by Brian Johnston, who called him "The Bearded Wonder" because you could throw any question at Bill, any fact or figure and with great relish he would know it, he would find the answer."

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