List of Surrey cricket captains

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Surrey County Cricket Club is one of eighteen county teams in England that play first-class cricket. The club is based in Kennington (formerly part of the county of Surrey). It was founded in 1845 after securing a lease on The Oval for its use as a cricket field. Surrey played their first first-class cricket match in 1846 against Marylebone Cricket Club and have gone on to win the County Championship on nineteen occasions, a figure bettered only by Yorkshire. The club have played both List A cricket and Twenty20 cricket since their introductions into the English game in 1963 and 2003 respectively. The player appointed club captain leads the side in all their fixtures, except when unavailable through injury or some other reason. Players who captained the side as substitute for the official club captain are not included in the list below.

History[edit]

Since attaining first-class status, Surrey have named 38 official captains, including two who have been appointed twice: George Strachan in the late nineteenth century and Errol Holmes, who had spells either side of the Second World War.

List of club captains[edit]

  • Years denotes the years for which the player was named as official club captain for Surrey.
  • First denotes the date of the first match in which the player is recorded as captaining Surrey.
  • Last denotes the date of the last match in which the player is recorded as captaining Surrey.
  • FC denotes the number of first-class matches in which the player is recorded as captaining Surrey.
  • LA denotes the number of List A matches in which the player captained Surrey.
  • T20 denotes the number of Twenty20 matches in which the player captained Surrey.
  • Total denotes the total number of first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches in which the player is recorded as captaining Surrey.

Note: In the club's earliest years, match scorecards do not always identify which player captained the side.

No. Name Nationality Years[1] First Last FC LA T20 Total
1 Charles Hoare  England 1846–1850 20 May 1850[nb 1] 25 July 1850 5 5
2 Frederick Miller  England 1851–1857 28 September 1854 4 July 1867 54 54
3 Frederick Burbidge  England 1858–1865 30 July 1860 3 August 1865 17 17
4 Edward Dowson  England 1866 16 July 1863 30 July 1866 8 8
5 William Collyer  England 1867 30 May 1867 22 August 1867 10 10
6 Charles Calvert  England 1868 11 June 1868 27 August 1868 12 12
7 Swainson Akroyd  England 1869–1870 14 June 1869 20 June 1870 10 10
8 John Gregory  England 1871 25 August 1870 28 August 1871 18 18
9 George Strachan  England 1872–1875
1877–1878
13 May 1872 19 July 1880 54 54
10 Allen Chandler  England 1876 12 August 1875 21 August 1876 9 9
11 A. P. Lucas  England 1879 16 July 1874 27 July 1882 41 41
12 John Shuter  England 1880–1893 13 August 1877 21 June 1909 274 274
13 Kingsmill Key  England 1894–1899 31 July 1881 13 June 1904 288 288
14 Digby Jephson  England 1900–1902 10 May 1894 27 June 1904 165 165
15 Livingstone Walker  England 1903 23 August 1900 31 August 1903 57 57
In 1904, no club captain appointment was made.
16 Lord Dalmeny[nb 2]  England 1905–1907 6 August 1903 23 August 1908 94 94
17 H. D. G. Leveson-Gower  England 1908–1910 19 August 1895 23 June 1920 122 122
18 Morice Bird  England 1911–1913 21 June 1909 13 August 1921 127 127
19 Cyril Wilkinson  England 1914–1920 13 May 1909 25 May 1920 53 53
20 Percy Fender  England 1921–1931 1 May 1920 1 Jul 1936 343 343
21 Douglas Jardine  England 1932–1933 20 July 1921 29 July 1933 141 141
22 Errol Holmes  England 1934–1938
1947–1948
16 August 1924 22 June 1955 198 198
23 Monty Garland-Wells  England 1939 14 July 1928 30 August 1939 130 130
From 1940 to 1945, no club captain appointments were made due to the Second World War.
24 Nigel Harvie Bennett  England 1946 4 May 1946 4 September 1946 31 31
25 Michael Barton  England 1949–1951 5 May 1948 23 June 1954 110 110
26 Stuart Surridge  England 1952–1956 7 June 1947 10 October 1959 254 254
27 Peter May  England 1957–1962 19 July 1950 17 July 1963 208 208
28 Micky Stewart  England 1963–1972 14 July 1954 10 September 1972 498 75 573
29 John Edrich  England 1973–1977 3 September 1958 6 September 1978 410 149 559
30 Roger Knight  England 1978–1983 24 August 1968 2 September 1984 174 161 335
31 Geoff Howarth  New Zealand 1984–1985 5 June 1971 17 July 1985 188 170 358
32 Pat Pocock  England 1986 1 July 1964 13 September 1986 485 318 803
33 Ian Greig  England 1987–1991 25 April 1987 26 July 1992 157 118 275
34 Alec Stewart  England 1992–1996 8 August 1981 9 July 2003 266 321 587
35 Adam Hollioake  England 1997–2003 2 August 1992 31 August 2004 243 241 14 498
36 Jonathan Batty  England 2004 6 July 1997 23 September 2009 278 170 51 448
37 Mark Butcher[nb 3][nb 4]  England 2005–2009 28 July 1991 10 July 2009 182 188 13 383
38 Rory Hamilton-Brown[nb 5]  England 2010–2012 24 July 2005 17 June 2012
39 Graeme Smith[nb 6]  South Africa 2013–14 17 April 2013 18 May 2014 8 1 2 11
  1. ^ Prior to 1850, Surrey scorecards do not indicate who captained the side, but as club captain it was probably Charles Hoare.
  2. ^ Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery, was known as Lord Dalmeny at the time of his captaincy.
  3. ^ In the absence through injury of Mark Butcher for most of the 2005 season, Mark Ramprakash led the side.
  4. ^ In the absence through injury of Mark Butcher for most of the 2009 season, Stewart Walters led the side.
  5. ^ In his absence on compassionate leave for part of the 2012 season, Gareth Batty generally led the side. In August 2012 Hamilton-Brown announced that he was relinquishing the captaincy. Surrey said that Batty would continue as captain for the remainder of the season.[2]
  6. ^ Smith was absent through injury for most of both 2013 and 2014. In 2013 Gareth Batty deputised, and in 2014 Gary Wilson did so.

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Surrey County Cricket Club Yearbook, 2005. (No ISBN given.)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Surrey Club Captains". CricketArchive. cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2012/content/story/576888.html