Ollie - One of England's Finest Cricketers
Place of Origin: Made in England
Date of Manufacture: 1967
Method: Hand made
Condition: Excellent. Consistent with age and use
Manufacturer: Gray Nicolls of Robertsbridge England
Player Association: Colin Millburn England, Northamptonshire & WA
Ships From: Our facility located: Alabama, USA
Made in England, this 1965 vintage cricket bat was manufactured by one of our favorite companies, Grays Nicolls.
Colin Millburn's life is worthy of a movie. The big man, Millburn was larger-than-life in every sense. At the time he was the most exciting cricketer in England but his career was horribly cut short in 1969 when a car he was driving collided with another car and a van just outside of the English shoe town of Northampton.
This bat is extremely rare. Gray Nicolls signed a sponsorship agreement with Millburn in late 1967 and manufactured a small number of bats before the end of Millburn's career. Very few are available on the open market today.
World Racquets champion H.J. Gray founded the racket-making company H.J. Gray and Sons in Cambridge, England in 1855. Richard Gray, the company's CEO today, is a direct descendant and the fifth generation of his family to lead the business. Gray-Nicolls made bats for the world's finest players. W.G. Grace used a Nicolls bat when he scored his 100th century and made 1000 runs in May 1894. The company also made cricket bats for leading players such as Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja, and the then Prince of Wales, Ted Dexter, Richie Benaud and of course, Colin Millburn .
L.J. Nicolls started making bats in 1876 in a workshop next to the train station in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, where the company is still based today. The two companies merged in the 1940s to form Gray-Nicolls.
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