Ex-England player Mortimore dies

  • Last Updated: February 14 2014, 13:31 GMT

Former England all-rounder and Gloucestershire captain John Mortimore has died, aged 80.

John Mortimore (standing sixth from left) on tour with Gloucestershire
John Mortimore (standing sixth from left) on tour with Gloucestershire

Off-spinner Mortimore played nine Tests between 1959 and 1964.

He was the bowler when Lancashire's David Hughes hit 24 runs in an over in a memorable and thrilling Gillette Cup semi-final in 1971.

Bristol-born 'Morty' Mortimore will be remembered in his native county, however, for a 25-year career in which he played 640 matches.

He was captain between 1965 and 1967, scored almost 16,000 first-class runs and took more than 1800 wickets.

A Gloucestershire statement read: "It is with deep sadness that Gloucestershire Cricket announces the death of former Gloucestershire and England all-rounder John "Morty" Mortimore, who passed away yesterday at the age of 80."