List of Surrey cricket captains
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.
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
- 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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
- Prior to 1850, Surrey scorecards do not indicate who captained the side, but as club captain it was probably Charles Hoare.
- Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery, was known as Lord Dalmeny at the time of his captaincy.
- In the absence through injury of Mark Butcher for most of the 2005 season, Mark Ramprakash led the side.
- In the absence through injury of Mark Butcher for most of the 2009 season, Stewart Walters led the side.
- 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.
- Smith was absent through injury for most of both 2013 and 2014. In 2013 Gareth Batty deputised, and in 2014 Gary Wilson did so.
Surrey County Cricket Club Yearbook, 2005. (No ISBN given.)
- "Surrey Club Captains". CricketArchive. cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011.