29 Oct 2009

Personality cricket umpire dies of cancer

7:47 am on 29 October 2009

The former Test umpire and Gloucestershire cricketer David Shepherd has died of cancer at the age of 68.

Widely regarded as one of the best umpires of his generation, Shepherd stood in 92 Tests and 172 one-day internationals, including three World Cup finals, between 1983-2005.

He'd been promoted to international duties after only two seasons as a first class umpire.

He was perhaps best known to cricket fans around the world for his superstitious habit of standing on one leg when the score reached 'Nelson', England's supposedly 'unlucky' number of 111.