The cricketing career of Herbert Strudwick

Doing research on the Strudwick side of the family (adopted side) found out that Herbert strudwick was a famous cricketer, played for Surrey and England, so did some more digging and found out the information about his cricketing career and what a career he had.

Full name: Herbert Strudwick
Born: 28th January 1880, Mitcham, Surrey, England
Died: 14th February 1970, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Teams: England (Test: 1909/10-1926); Surrey (Main FC: 1902-1927); Marylebone Cricket Club (Main FC: 1903/04-1924/25); Players (Other FC: 1903-1926); Rest of England(Other FC: 1903-1926); Lord Londesborough’s XI (Other FC: 1908); South of England (Other FC: 1908-1926); England (Other FC: 1909/10-1926); Marylebone Cricket Club South African Touring Team (Other FC: 1910); GL Jessop’s XI (Other FC: 1911); Marylebone Cricket Club Australian Touring Team (Other FC: 1911-1925); Surrey and Middlesex (Other FC: 1912); Players of the South (Other FC: 1920); LH Tennyson’s XI (Other FC: 1923); Capped (Other FC: 1923); Lord Cowdray’s XI (Other FC: 1924); AER Gilligan’s XI (Other FC: 1925); CI Thornton’s XI(Other FC: 1926); Surrey Second XI (Minor Counties Championship: 1899-1905); All teams
Surrey cap: 1903
Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 1912
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics
Pictures: The MCC Team
Last resting place of Bert Strudwick

Test Career Batting and Fielding (1909/10-1926)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
England 28 42 13 230 24 7.93 0 0 61 12

First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (1902-1927)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Overall 674 835 243 6445 93 10.88 0 9 1237 258
First-Class Career Bowling (1903/04-1925)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Overall 138 2 102 1 1-9 102.00 0 0 138.00 4.43


Wisden obituary 
Bert Strudwick, who died suddenly on February 14, a few days after his 90th birthday, held the world record for most dismissals in a career by a wicketkeeper. One of the greatest and assuredly one of the most popular players of his time, he helped to get rid of 1,493 batsmen, 71 of them in Test matches, and he established another world record which still stands by holding 1,235 catches. His stumpings numbered 258. He set up a third record in 1903 when taking 71 catches and bringing off 20 stumpings, but Fred Huish, of Kent, surpassed this eight years later.

Strudwick figured regularly behind the stumps for Surrey for 25 years and, becoming scorer afterwards, served the county altogether for 60 years. He played 28 times for England between 1911 and 1926 during the period when Australia and South Africa were their only Test match opponents and would doubtless have been chosen more often had he not been contemporary with A. A. Lilley, of Warwickshire, a better batsman. Four times he toured Australia, in 1903-04, 1911-12, 1920-21 and 1924-25 and visited South Africa with M.C.C. in 1909-10 and 1913-14. In addition, he was a frequent member of Players teams against Gentlemen. For England at Johannesburg in 1913-14, he dismissed seven South African batsmen in the match. His best performance in a single innings was six catches against Sussex at The Oval in 1904 and in a match eight victims (seven caught, one stumped) against Essex at Leyton in 1904.

No more genuine sportsman, in every sense of the word, than the teetotal, non-smoking Strudwick ever took the field for Surrey. An idol of the Surrey crowd, he was always ready to proffer helpful advice to young players. He never appealed unless sure in his own mind that a batsman was out, and such was his keenness to save runs that he was frequently known to chase a ball to the boundary. Sir H. D. G. Leveson Gower, the former Oxford, Surrey and England captain, once wrote: When you walk on to a certain cricket ground and you find Strudwick behind the wicket, you feel that you will not only get full value for your money, but you will participate in the cheerfulness that his presence always lends to the day.

In an article, From Dr. Grace to Peter May, in the 1959 Wisden, hailed by the critics as one of the best published by The Cricketers’ Bible for many years, Struddy, as he was affectionately known throughout the cricket world, described how hard was life as a professional cricketer in his young days. Then, one dare not stand down because of injury for fear of losing a place in the side and consequent loss of pay. Compared with that of today, the equipment of wicketkeepers was flimsy and the men behind the stumps took a lot of punishment, especially as, on the far from perfect pitches, it was difficult to gauge how the ball would come through. The article mentioned that F. Stedman, Strudwick’s predecessor in the Surrey side, habitually protected his chest with a South Western Railway time-table stuffed into his shirt, and on one occasion, after receiving a more than usually heavy blow, he remarked to a nearby team-mate: I shall have to catch a later train tonight. That one knocked off the 7-30!


Herbert Strudwick Wicket Keeper for surrey & England

Herbert Strudwick
Wicket Keeper for surrey & England

Herbert Strudwick, England & Surrey wicket keeper

Herbert Strudwick, England & Surrey wicket keeper


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