Ludford Docker

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Ludford Docker
Personal information
Full name Ludford Charles Docker
Born (1860-11-26)26 November 1860
Smethwick, Staffordshire, England
Died 1 August 1940(1940-08-01) (aged 79)
Alveston Leys, Warwickshire, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium fast bowler
Role All-rounder
Derbyshire captain 1884
Relations Frank Dudley Docker
Ralph Docker
Domestic team information
Years Team
1881–1886 Derbyshire
1894–1895 Warwickshire
First-class debut 12 May 1881 Derbyshire v MCC
Last First-class 27 June 1895 Warwickshire v Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 77
Runs scored 2665
Batting average 20.82
100s/50s 1/14
Top score 107
Balls bowled 498
Wickets 9
Bowling average 31.11
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 3/38
Catches/stumpings 41/–
Source: [1], 1 February 2010

Ludford Charles Docker (26 November 1860 – 1 August 1940) was a businessman and an English cricketer. He played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1881 and 1886, captaining the side in 1884, and for Warwickshire in 1894 and 1895.

Early life[edit]

Docker was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire, the son of Ralph Docker and his wife Sarah Sankey. His father was a solicitor in practice at Birmingham and Smethwick who took on a large number of public appointments.[1] He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham.

Cricket career[edit]

Docker played cricket for Birmingham and Kidderminster in 1879 and also played for Derbyshire Colts in the 1879 season. His first-class debut was for Derbyshire in the 1881 season. He topped their batting averages that season. He played 48 first-class matches for Derbyshire and captained the team in the 1884 season. He played his club cricket with Handsworth Wood, in the Birmingham League and in 1886 presented the Docker Shield for competition between Birmingham Schools. In 1887 he moved to Warwickshire and in the winter of 1887/88 he played with Arthur Shrewsbury's XI in Australia. He played several non-class games and some first-class games for Warwickshire when they joined the league, his last match being in 1895.[2]

Business and public service[edit]

Docker had joined his brother Frank Dudley Docker in Docker Brothers in 1886 and in 1898 became a director of Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Company of Saltley Birmingham before the amalgamation of carriage companies by his brother in 1902. He was President of Warwickshire CCC from 1915 to 1930 and in 1923 was High Sheriff of Warwickshire. He was also a J. P..

Docker died in Alveston Leys, Warwickshire aged 80. Docker's brothers Ralph Docker and Frank also played cricket for Derbyshire and Warwickshire.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Robert Smith
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Edmund Maynard
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Herbert Hall Mullinger
High Sheriff of Warwickshire
Succeeded by
Robert Darley Guiness