Throwback Thursday: Andy Caddick
This week’s Throwback Thursday features the exploits of Andy Caddick.
‘Caddy’ is one of Somerset’s most successful ever bowlers and claimed over 1100 wickets in all forms of cricket for the County during a playing career that spanned from 1991 until 2009.
The six foot five inch tall paceman produced numerous match winning performances for the Club but today we are going to look at one match in particular during which he bowled Somerset to an unlikely victory over a strong Lancashire side in 1993 with his career best 9 for 32.
Andy was in his third full season with Somerset and was yet to begin his impressive England career when Lancashire arrived to begin a Britannic Assurance County Championship match at the County Ground, Taunton. Marcus Trescothick was making his Somerset debut at the tender age of 17 and opened the innings with Mark Lathwell. Somerset also had another new recruit in Mushtaq Ahmed making his first appearance, but their presence was overshadowed by the feats of a certain fast bowler.
After opting to bat first Somerset were in deep trouble at 12 for 3 but then recovered to reach 195 all out thanks to 71 from Lathwell, 26 from Nick Folland, 24 from Mushtaq Ahmed and 22 by Caddick. Phil DeFreitas was the pick of the visiting bowlers and took 7 for 76.
In reply by the close of play on the opening day Lancashire had reached 142 for four.
On the second morning Lancashire took the lead with four wickets remaining but then lost their remaining wickets cheaply to end with a lead of 27 as they were all out for 222. Mushtaq Ahmed ended with 4 for 40, while Graham Rose took 3 for 60 and Caddick 3 for 88.
The start of Somerset’s second innings followed that of the first and they soon found themselves 16 for 3 as Wasim Akram and DeFreitas took charge. When Mushtaq was the ninth wicket to fall Somerset were 72 for 9 and led by just 45 runs, which hardly seemed a winning position. Last man Andre van Troost, a player not usually known for his batting prowess, strode to the wicket and immediately proceeded to hit the ball to all corners, including two straight sixes off Peter Martin before being out for 35 off 28 balls.
Somerset were all out for a second time for 114, DeFreitas ending with 5 for 55 and Wasim Akram 4 for 42.
Needing just 88 for victory, few of the Somerset faithful who were present gave their heroes much of a chance of winning. Skipper Chris Tavare threw the ball to Caddick to open the innings from one end with Mushtaq Ahmed taking the ball from the other. This proved to be a good decision as the Pakistani Test spinner accounted for opener Nick Speak lbw.
Caddick responded with the wickets of Mike Atheron and Warren Hegg in his second over and Lancashire found themselves on one for threes. Suddenly the County Ground came to life as the Somerset paceman kept on steaming in and claiming wickets and at 16 for six, they dared to dream that maybe Somerset could win.
Mike Watkinson and Wasim Akram then started to put up a fight and took the total onto 39 when Caddick held onto a sharp return catch off Wasim Akram and followed up with the wicket of DeFreitas next ball which saw Lancashire reduced to 39 for 8. With 49 runs needed and two wickets left, Watkinson continued to thrive and took Lancashire to within 23 runs of victory when the ‘big man’ claimed his eighth wicket.
The final wicket of Martin fell inevitably to Caddy as Lancashire were all out for 72 as Somerset pulled off a most remarkable victory by 15 runs.
The Somerset paceman ended with the remarkable second innings figures of 11.1 overs, two maidens, 32 runs and nine wickets. Caddick went on to make his England Test debut against Australia at Old Trafford just a few weeks later.
In all cricket for Somerset ‘Caddy’ played in 275 matches and took 1180 wickets at an average of 26.59 as well as 62 Test matches for England in which he took 234 wickets at 29.91 – a pretty impressive record!