Bob Willis RIP
Posted by: adelaide (IP Logged)
Date: 04 December, 2019 16:55

Yet more sad news. Bob Willis may not have been everyone's cup of tea as a commentator but he was one heck of a bowler.

His Headingley spell is the one that will stick out for most. In those days, people at work could not hide a latest score window on their PC or phone and too many calls to the phone line that gave out the score could land you in trouble! I took an early lunch that day to confirm the last knockings of Australia's victory in a bar which had a TV. Then suddenly a wicket went down, then another and I was captivated for a very long lunch hour. Got back to the office and casually said "I see the test is over". My boss said "How many wickets did they win by?" "They didn't!" I replied. He was a true cricket fan (Lancashire) and if he had had a bone to pick about my long lunch, he didn't have one after that.

Robert George Dylan - start marking out your run up there.


Adelaide

Re: Bob Willis RIP
Posted by: Sussex Seaxe (IP Logged)
Date: 04 December, 2019 17:05

Very sad news and a nice tribute, Adelaide. I remember his 'curtain rail' batting too!

I once saw him on the bus from Victoria to Lord's and he was happy to chat to everyone. RIP

Re: Bob Willis RIP
Posted by: Bobstan (IP Logged)
Date: 04 December, 2019 17:44

Saw him a couple of times at 'classical' concerts at the Festival Hall. He loved Brahms and Dylan apparently. Not a bad combination.

Re: Bob Willis RIP
Posted by: freddie tittlemouse (IP Logged)
Date: 04 December, 2019 17:47

They call it the Botham miracle, but it was just as much the Willis miracle.

Re: Bob Willis RIP
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 04 December, 2019 19:10

This is very sad news.

Bob Willis possessed great knowledge of cricket and was a big part of Sky’s cricket coverage ever since they began covering the sport.

I am not sure why he was moved out of the commentary box and into the studio around the mid-00’s, but it at least enabled him to forge a regular role in Sky’s post-match analysis of each day’s play of England Test matches.

Re: Bob Willis RIP
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 04 December, 2019 20:38

Very sad news about Bob Willis,I remember the test with Botham.
Watched the end of game on Uxbridge High Street with many others looking through a television rentals shop window! (Was the only time I was unemployed!)

I must admit,he did,at times get me going with his commentary on games,but,he played the game and he knew best.
RIP Bob and..Well,Charles.

Re: Bob Willis RIP
Posted by: Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
Date: 06 December, 2019 10:21

RIP Bob. You always said what you thought.

Can remember when Bob played for Surrey in the late 60'early 70's, frustrating MX in a Gillette Cup match.

Back then, we were pretty good at one day cricket.

Also fortunate to watch his never to be forgotten 8 for 43.

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