Basil D’Oliveira

A short verse marking the death of Worcestershire’s Basil D’Oliveira, whose cricketing deeds had a wider beneficial impact in the land of his birth.

Basil D’Oliveira

Brought racial equality nearer

When his selection for the MCC cricket side

Was viewed as a threat to apartheid


About this site likes to mark significant moments in public life with a short verse - usually in Clerihew form. We've tightened our poetic belt and cut everything right back to the bare essentials. Every verse on this site takes up fewer than 140 characters, so feel free to tweet them to your friends.

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