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Test legend Dolly dies.

Byline: Dean Rousewell

THE cricket world was in mourning yesterday after the death of England legend Basil D'Oliviera.

Test star "Dolly", 80, passed away peacefully after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Born in Cape Town, he moved to England in 1960 and played as an all-rounder for Worcestershire.

He became a symbol of the fight against apartheid when South Africa banned him from playing for the MCC squad in a 1968 tour because of his mixed race.

Worldwide protests led to a boycott of South African sport until the 1990s. D'Oliveira was awarded the CBE in 2005.

Son Damian, 50, also a former Worcestershire star, said yesterday: "It is a sad time for us as a family.

"Although it is difficult, we will celebrate a great life rather than mourn a death."


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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2011
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