Bill Edrich was regarded, along with Denis Compton and Len Hutton, as one of the exciting cricket discoveries of his generation just before the Second World War. Playing for Middlesex at county level, Edrich surged onto the England scene in 1938 when he scored 1,000 runs before the beginning of June. Alan Hill relates the story behind this achievement and distils the measure of Edrich's exceptional courage both as a cricketer and in the RAF which he joined at the outbreak of the war. After the war Edrich played a major role in the winning back of the Ashes in 1953 and in their successful defence on his last tour of Australia in 1954-55. He captained Middlesex from 1953-57 and retired from the first-class game in 1958. From 1959 he captained Norfolk until 1971 - a long, happy Indian summer for a gallant cricketer and irrepressible partygoer.