Graham Derek Barlow was born in Folkestone, Kent in 1950 and educated at Ealing Grammar School and Loughborough University. An exciting left-handed batsman and cover point fielder, who represented Ealing and Middlesex Schools. He scored 11,640 runs for the county in 239 first-class matches and took 132 catches. In limited-over cricket, he scored 5,800 runs in 244 matches, at an average of 27.88, with a highest score of 158. He formed a successful opening partnership with the late Wilf Slack. They set a long-held record stand of 367 for the 1st wicket. He played in three Tests for England. An all round sportsman, he also played rugby union for Rosslyn Park. Since his injury-enforced retirement, he has coached in England and South Africa.