Tom Shepherd

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Tom Shepherd
Personal information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 363
Runs scored 18715
Batting average 39.81
100s/50s 42/92
Top score 277*
Balls bowled 35523
Wickets 445
Bowling average 30.73
5 wickets in innings 12
10 wickets in match -
Best bowling 6-78
Catches/stumpings 275/-
Source: CricketArchive

Thomas Frederick 'Tom' Shepherd (born 5 December 1889 at Headington Quarry, Oxfordshire; died 13 February 1957 at Norbiton, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey) was an English cricketer. He was primarily a right-handed batsman, but was also a useful right-arm medium pace bowler and a slip fielder.

He played for Surrey from 1919 to 1932, being a regular in the first team from 1921 onwards following an outstanding season for the second eleven (i.e. the reserve side) in 1920 (scoring 709 runs at 101.28 and taking 38 wickets at 15.50). In all first-class cricket he scored 18,719 runs at an average of 39.82, including 42 centuries. His highest score was 277* against Gloucestershire at The Oval in 1927, made in just four and three-quarter hours, he and Andy Ducat adding 289 in two and three-quarter hours for the fourth wicket. That season he scored 2,145 runs at 55.00. He reached his thousand runs for the season in eleven successive years from 1921 to 1931. He had a fine temperament, and was capable of attacking or defending as the situation demanded. His pull and his offside shots were noted for their power.

He took 445 wickets at an average of 30.73, his best innings figures being 6/78. He held 275 catches.

He appeared in Test Trial matches and for the Players against the Gentlemen, but was never selected for a Test. After retiring from Surrey, he was head groundsman and coach for Wandgas Cricket Club until his death.

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