Jim Parks - Admiration for Basil's Talent

My first playing recollection of Basil was in 1966 against the West Indies at Lords when he made his debut, I was batting at the other end when he came to crease & we put on around 50 runs before Basil was run out in a bizarre incident.

I was facing Wes Hall and drove the ball back hard & straight at him, unfortunately it hit Basil who was backing up & dropped, Wes reacted quicker than Basil & threw down the stumps to run Basil out. I had the pleasure of touring the West Indies on the 1967-68 series where he established himself but unfortunately for myself it was my last test series, I continued to admire Basil’s talents for a number of years thereafter playing against him.

Jim Parks

Jim Parks - England Somerset & Sussex - was a multitalented cricketer, initially as a batsman and in latter years as an outstanding batsman-wicketkeeper. He captained Sussex in 1967 and 1968, making the third of his four Lord's final appearances in the second season, and at the end of 1972 he left Hove and joined Somerset on a three-year contract.

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