Alec Bedser

Born Jul 4, 1918

Sir Alec Victor Bedser CBE was a professional English cricketer. He was the chairman of selectors for the English national cricket team, and the president of Surrey County Cricket Club. He is widely regarded as one of the best English cricketers of the 20th century. He was an outstanding right-arm medium-fast bowler for Surrey and England in a first-class playing career that spanned twenty-one years. He took 1924 first-class wickets in 485 matches.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born on July 4, 1918.
1924 5 Years Old He took 1924 first-class wickets in 485 matches. … Read More


1938 20 Years Old After leaving school, Eric and Alec became clerks at the same firm of solicitors in Lincoln's Inn Fields. They were spotted practising in the nets for Woking Cricket Club by Surrey coach Alan Peach, and he recruited them to the staff at the Oval in 1938. … Read More
1946 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In his first full season for Surrey, in 1946, he passed 100 wickets before July and established himself as a bowler in the England Test team. … Read More


1950 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1950-51 Ashes series, Alec began his dominance of Australian batsmen, taking 30 wickets at an average of 16.06 and 10 for 105 in the Fifth Test when he ended Australia's unbeaten run of 26 Tests since 1938.
1953 35 Years Old In 1953 at 35, an age by which many fast bowlers have retired from first-class cricket, Bedser demonstrated his longevity by helping England regain the Ashes. … Read More
1954 36 Years Old Bedser was aged 36 by the first Test of the 1954 - 55 tour of Australia. … Read More
1955 37 Years Old He was recalled for one Test against South Africa in 1955.


1960 42 Years Old Bedser retired from cricket in 1960, and his brother Eric retired in 1962. … Read More
1962 44 Years Old Bedser served as a national team selector from 1962 to 1985, and was chairman of selectors from 1968 to 1981.
1964 46 Years Old He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1964, advanced to Commander (CBE) in 1982, and in 1996 he became the first (and still only) England bowler to be knighted for services to cricket. … Read More


1968 50 Years Old He was on the board of selectors who controversially left Basil d'Oliveira out of the England team for 1968's tour of South Africa. … Read More


1987 69 Years Old Bedser was made president of Surrey in 1987 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the county's cricketing fortunes over the previous five decades.
1997 79 Years Old He was knighted for his services to cricket in the 1997 New Year Honours.
2004 86 Years Old In October 2004 Bedser was selected in 'England's Greatest Post-War XI' by The Wisden Cricketer, an authoritative monthly cricket magazine.
2009 91 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2009, Christopher Martin-Jenkins ranked Bedser 29th in picking his 100 greatest cricketers of all time. … Read More
2010 92 Years Old Sir Alec Bedser died in hospital in Woking on 4 April 2010 after a short illness.
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