EASTERBROOK, BASIL VIVIAN, who died on 15 December 1995, aged 75, was cricket and football writer for Kemsley Newspapers from 1950 to 1983. Easterbrook was a much-loved member of the press corps with a puckish humour. He claimed that while covering a match from the old Lord's press box, he leaned out of the window to throw away his pencil shavings and the Nottinghamshire batsmen walked in, thinking it was the signal to declare. Once he phoned his office to dictate his copy, announced his name to the telephonist - Basil V Easterbrook - to be greeted by the response "What league is that in?" When he retired he wrote: "The craft and practice of cricket writing was my personal window to the sky."
Alas, Basil was premature in predicting Argyle's relegation. It wasn't to happen until 1950 and we didn't become Devon's top dogs for the first time until 1957.