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Bearders made scoring an art form

Alison Mitchell Alison Mitchell | 10:55 UK time, Saturday, 31 January 2009

The vast number of tributes which have flooded into the BBC following the sad news of Bill's death is testament to the relationship he fostered with the listeners of Test Match Special.

There are in-depth tributes written elsewhere on this site, so I will keep this brief and say rest in peace Bill. You made scoring an art form, and will be remembered as a legend.

As the youngest member of the BBC cricket team, I listened to Bill on the radio for many more years than I worked with him, but I feel lucky to have overlapped at least a few years with the Bearded Wonder.

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Tribute to the Bearded Wonder

Adam Mountford | 17:07 UK time, Friday, 30 January 2009

Bill Frindall spent his working life chronicling the achievements of some of the greats of the cricketing world.

But although debates rage about whether Lara was a better batsman than Tendulkar or Warne a better bowler than Muralitharan, in the field of cricket scoring there is no doubt about who is the number one.

Dubbed "the Bearded Wonder" by Brian Johnston, Bill scored 377 Test Matches since making his Test Match Special debut in 1966 and was the longest serving member of the TMS team.

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Bill Frindall (1939-2009)

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Blog Editor | 16:05 UK time, Friday, 30 January 2009

BBC Test Match Special statistician and scorer Bill Frindall has died at the age of 69 after suffering from Legionnaire's disease.

Please leave your tributes to the man affectionately known as the Bearded Wonder below.

You can read his valued TMS blog contributions here.

TMS team heads for the sun

Adam Mountford | 12:53 UK time, Thursday, 29 January 2009

When Test Match Special was last broadcast just before Christmas, I doubt many of us thought England's series against the West Indies just over a month later would see a new captain leading the side and no full-time coach to help behind the scenes.

It's funny how the wheel of cricketing fortune turns. Just three months ago, the new England captain Andrew Strauss was sitting with us in the BBC commentary box in Antigua working on our coverage of the Stanford Super Series.

During the Twenty20 for $20m game in which England were humiliated by the Stanford Superstars, I remember Strauss telling us he was glad not to be in Kevin Pietersen's shoes that night. Well now he is!

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Ask Bearders #185

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Bill Frindall | 13:13 UK time, Monday, 12 January 2009

Welcome to Ask Bearders, where Test Match Special statistician Bill "The Bearded Wonder" Frindall answers your questions on all things cricket.

Below are Bill's responses to some of your questions posed at the end of his last column and if you have a question for Bill, leave it at the end of this blog entry. Please do include your country of residence - Bill loves to hear where all his correspondents are posting from.

Bill isn't able to answer all of your questions, however. BBC Sport staff will choose a selection of them and send them to Bearders for him to answer.

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