Tuesday 10 July 2012 

Frank Foster

FR Foster, a dashing batsman and left arm paceman was just 25 when war ended his career in 1914. However with 6548 runs, and 718 wickets, two "doubles" of 100 runs and 100 wickets in a season, a then county record score of 305 not out in 1914 and leadership of Warwickshire's first title winning side in 1911, he had won a reputation which remains unchallenged.

He is still Warwickshire's finest all-rounder. There were fewer opportunities for Test cricket but 45 wickets in 11 Tests, mostly against Australia, suggests top class.

Foster's later years were clouded by domestic and health problems yet the boy from Deritend is still revered among those who talk Warwickshire cricket.