Geoff Edrich

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Geoff Edrich
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Arthur Edrich
Born (1918-07-13)13 July 1918
Lingwood, Norfolk, England, UK
Died 2 January 2004(2004-01-02) (aged 85)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1937–1939 Norfolk
1946–1958 Lancashire
1960–1962 Cumberland
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 339
Runs scored 15,600
Batting average 34.82
100s/50s 26/80
Top score 167*
Balls bowled 786
Wickets 5
Bowling average 79.80
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/8
Catches/stumpings 332/–
Source: Cricinfo, 19 January 2014

Geoffrey Arthur Edrich was born in Lingwood, Norfolk, on 13 July 1918. He was an English cricketer who played 339 first-class matches for Lancashire between 1946 and 1958 as a right-handed batsman. Before his first-class career, he had played Minor Counties cricket for Norfolk (1937–1939), and after his first-class retirement he returned to the Minor Counties, this time playing for Cumberland (1960–1962). Whilst at Cumberland, he was also professional for Workington, the Cumbrian club appearing in the North Lancashire League.[1]

He captained Lancashire to a win over Leicestershire at Old Trafford in 1956 in a match in which his team did not lose a single wicket, the first time this had happened in a first-class match. Leicestershire were bowled out for 108 and 122, and Lancashire (166 for 0 declared and 66 for 0) won by ten wickets. Geoff Edrich was listed at no. 3 in the batting order so didn't get to bat.[2] His highest score was 167 not out (followed by 84 in the second innings) for Lancashire against Nottinghamshire in 1954.[3]

Geoff Edrich's three brothers, Brian, Eric and Bill and also his cousin, John Edrich, all played first-class cricket. Though, unlike his brother Bill and cousin John, Geoff Edrich never played for England, he toured India in 1953/54 with a Commonwealth XI, scoring 641 runs at an average of 40.06 and playing in three of the "Unofficial Tests".[4][5]

Sergeant Geoff Edrich survived three years' captivity in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, during the Second World War, including a stint on the infamous Burma Railway.[6] After his playing career he became the groundsman and coach at Cheltenham College.[7]

He died on 2 January 2004, aged 85.


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