Octagenarian Alan Oakman, the former Sussex all-rounder, passed away on Thursday (September 6). He was the chief run-scorer for English County Club Sussex during his heydays. Oakman amassed over 20000 runs under his belt in the county circuit.
The flamboyant all-rounder has been a class apart who dealt with the game in a gentlemen way. He was later appointed as the head coach of the team and concluded his career after serving as an administrator for Warwickshire county.
Alan Oakman scored 21,800 first-class runs and claimed 736 wickets:
Though he played only for a brief period of time in the International cricket, he was a stalwart player in the County Cricket. He finished with as many as 21,800 runs for his side and bagged 736 wickets as well.
Oakman was the off-spinning all-rounder who used to be the deceptive bowler.
Meanwhile, He was also the part of the historic match when Jim Laker bagged 19 wickets in the single game with a 10-for and a 9-for.
Oakman, who was the close-in fielder during the match grabbed as many as five catches to his name.
However, he couldn’t enjoy much success in the International cricket thus limited himself to the county division.
In one of those Astonishing facts, Alan Oakman used to represent Warwickshire in the 50-over games at the age of late-60’s (Close to 70 years). He used to catch all the eye-balls with his masterful strokes and canny off-spinners.
Alan Oakman represented England in only two games and scored just 14 runs before excelling for Sussex in the county leg.
Coming to his county career, Oakman represented in as many as 538 First-class matches. He finished with the exact score of 21,800 runs at an average of 26.17. He will be remembered for rendering his services to the renowned club in the United Kingdom (UK).