Block it out." Woken to take his turn, "Bluey" went in swinging the bat, to the consternation of his partner, who thought he was saving the game."Coom on, run, run, RUN," yelled Bairstow while his partner, astonished, was shouting back, "Nay, wait on, wait on." When he became the county captain his leadership was remembered, as I wrote at the time, "as a series of uphill cavalry charges".To do so he had to take his A level examinations at Hanson Grammar at 6am, thus starting a career that, in cricketing terms, had much more sunshine than gloom.He may well have been Yorkshire's best but the title will be denied him because his career and the advent of covered pitches coincided and he was rarely given the chance to prove how good he could be when taking top-class spinners on a turning surface.
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David Leslie Bairstow, cricketer: born Horton, West Yorkshire 1 September 1951; twice married (two sons, one daughter); died Marton- cum-Grafton, North Yorkshire 5 January 1998.
David Bairstow was possibly a born victim who spent most of his 46 years fighting to prove otherwise.
He played football - trials with Bradford City - and his life with much the same zest.
He was 17, a stocky schoolboy, when Yorkshire first called him to play against Gloucestershire at his home ground at Park Avenue.
He could hit and he could defend and his ability was worth far more than the four Test matches granted him.