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Bill Frindall has died. He was 69.

Eddie Mair | 15:49 UK time, Friday, 30 January 2009

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The cricket scorer and statistician, Bill Frindall, has died . A stalwart of the Test Match Special team, he also wrote books on cricket records and contributed to Wisden. Our Sport Correspondent, Kevin Gearey, looks back at his unique contribution to the sport he loved:

"He was known to cricket fans around the world as "The Bearded Wonder. " It was the nickname bestowed on him by his fellow Test Match Special commentator, Brian Johnson, for his extraordinary ability to answer obscure statistical questions while constantly updating his immaculate scorecard of the game in progress. Bill Frindall had been the scorer for BBC Radio's Test match commentary team since 1966, starting in the month that the England football team won the World Cup. But he was much more than a mere statistician. His wry humour added to the legendary "banter" of the TMS box with his pithy interjections often the source of mirth or the pinprick that burst occasional bubbles of pomposity. His scoring system, which he developed himself, was almost a work of art in itself-- drawn up in multiple colours for clarity of referral. No matter how arcane the inquiry from his fellow broadcasters, "The Bearded Wonder" always seemed to have the answer at his fingertips. No longer can they "ask Bearders" and the art of cricket broadcasting will be stumped by his loss."

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