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Tom Dickinson RIP
Wickham (IP Logged)
01 July, 2018 19:04
Tom Dickinson, who played for Somerset a few times in the 1950s, passed away on Monday. Tom opened the bowling for Lancashire, while still at Manchester University, in partnership with the great fast bowler, Brian Statham. On moving to the West Country, Tom played occasionally for Somerset (taking 5 for 36 on his debut against Glamorgan), but prioritised his career as a school-teacher. Cricket's loss was his pupils' gain – as I can testify, being one of them. Tom was an excellent maths teacher – and, more generally, was firm, but fair, with a wry sense of humour.

While Tom was principally a right-handed fast bowler, he would sometimes switch to bowling slow left-arm in net practice. He could also bat with either hand and wasn't beyond exploiting this in a match, long before Pietersen came up with the switch-hit: Bill Andrews relates in his autobiography that Tom once came to the wicket in a Somerset Seconds match with four runs needed and two balls left – having taken up his stance as a right-hander, he switched to a left-hander's stance just before the bowler delivered the ball and pulled the resultant delivery for four.

Tom was a lovely man - he will be missed.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/07/2018 18:02 by Grockle.

Tom Seymour
Re: Tom Dickinson RIP
Tom Seymour (IP Logged)
01 July, 2018 20:37
I too remember Tom Dickinson, who taught at Queen's College, Taunton for several decades.

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Loyal of Lhasa
Re: Tom Dickinson RIP
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
01 July, 2018 21:00
I recall that my family and I thought of Tom D as some kind of miracle man. He didn't play very often but always seem to produce something spectacular when he did. We just wished he could have played more often.


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Clarence Parker
Re: Tom Dickinson RIP
Clarence Parker (IP Logged)
02 July, 2018 08:43
I saw Tom Dickinson play only once, in what I believe was his debut for Somerset at Weston - super - Mare in about 1957.

He and Bryan Lobb bowled virtually unchanged and took 5 wickets apiece v. Glamorgan.

Happy days!

Loyal of Lhasa
Re: Tom Dickinson RIP
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
02 July, 2018 10:48
I bet it wasn't a happy day for a certain Mr W.


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Re: Tom Dickinson RIP
MisterMurph (IP Logged)
05 July, 2018 05:51
RIP Mr Dickinson. A great Maths teacher, and I couldn’t agree more with Wickham’s words about having a dry sense of humour.

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