Denis Amiss - Basil D'Oliveira, A Fearless Competitor
Basil was very special to English cricket in the 60s and the 70s. Coming over as he did from South Africa and qualifying and then to have such an illustrious career with both Worcestershire and England starting at a much older age than any before him.
A fearless competitor who was a joy to watch with the bat and a bowler never to be under-rated; bowling both medium pace away swingers, and then later to come on with his off spinners with incredible accuracy in both departments.
He mainly fielded away from the bat at fine leg or third man and had a wonderful accurate arm. Returning to the keeper more often than not with a flat pacy trajectory which would smack into the gloves from wherever right over the top of the stumps to often thunderous applause from the crowd.
A wonderful all-round cricketer and competitor who was a player you definitely wanted in your team.
His batting was his main strength playing often off the back foot with very little foot movement at all-Powerful and wristy hitting the ball with great strength and his sixes clearing the boundaries by a very long way. He dealt with anything short and was never afraid to hook the greatest and fastest bowlers of the times. He would take them on which was a sight never to be missed.
I have marvellous memories of one of England's greats. We reckon he was playing international cricket for England at the end of his career at over the age of fifty.
Andrew please check these details with Damian especially his age at the end of his England career. I also think I played against Damian but not sure. Let me know if this is suitable.
Dennis Amiss played for Warwickshire County Cricket Club and England. A right handed batsmen with a first class average of 42.56, scoring 103 centuries during his long and exalted career, he went on after retirement to become Chief Executive of Warwickshire in 1994
He was selected as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1975
He was awarded and honorary doctorate by the University of Birmingham in 2007.