Published: 11th November, 2019
After seven weeks of voting and input from some of the biggest names in the history of Surrey, it’s now time to reveal who you, our Members, have chosen as the Greatest XI in our 175 years.
To kick off celebrations for our 175th year as Surrey County Cricket Club in 2020, we asked you to select the best four batsmen, two all-rounders, four bowlers and wicket keeper to have represented us and you responded in your droves!
With 19 County Championship winning sides and a host of England legends, there were plenty of names to pick from but now we can exclusively reveal who made your team.
Opening the batting are Sir Jack Hobbs, the club’s record run scorer, and John Edrich, an icon of Surrey and England. Peter May, Alec Stewart, also the team’s wicket keeper, and Ken Barrington make up the rest of the top five batsmen.
Captain Adam Hollioake and Percy Fender were your chosen all-rounders. Sir Alec Bedser and Waqar Younis are your seaming options while spinning partners Jim Laker and Tony Lock – who spearheaded Surrey throughout the dominant 1950s – complete the bowling attack.
With 133 Test caps and 22 years as a professional with Surrey, Alec Stewart was your most selected player – claiming votes from 79% of participants. Hobbs and Laker, with 69% and 68%, were the second and third most popular selections.
The selected players will now become the inaugural members of the Club’s Hall of Fame. They and their relatives will be invited to a presentation early in the 2020 season to celebrate their induction and a range of merchandise will be available for purchase in due course.
YOUR GREATEST XI IN FULL
Sir Jack Hobbs (69%) – ‘The Master’ revolutionised batting early in the 20th century for both Surrey and England, his record of 199 first-class centuries will never be beaten.
John Edrich (51%) – Edrich’s bravery and brilliance at the top of the Surrey and England order were all the more remarkable for the way he adjusted to a fast-changing game.
Peter May (45%) – May was the outstanding player of the post-war generation for Surrey and England, leading the way for both county and country in sustained periods of dominance.
Alec Stewart† (79%) – Brought up at The Oval by his legendary father Micky, ‘The Gaffer’ has given his life to Surrey, also becoming one of the Club’s finest England players.
Ken Barrington (53%) – A gnarled, committed middle order batsman, Barrington’s wicket – never given away easily – was highly prized by bowlers the world over due to his rock-like consistency.
Percy Fender (30%) – A charismatic leader whose inventiveness and uncompromising aplomb characterised Surrey Cricket between the wars, Fender was worshipped by the players he led.
Adam Hollioake* (53%) – A natural and unselfish leader of men, pioneering Adam Hollioake was Surrey’s most successful modern captain and trail blazing tactical innovator.
Sir Alec Bedser (56%) – Bedser carried England’s bowling after the second World War, his command of seam and swing as invaluable as his dedication to Surrey was unparalleled.
Jim Laker (68%) – The leading off spinner in English Test history with the best match figures ever for his 19 wickets in an Ashes Test, the great Laker also played a key role during the most successful period in Surrey history.
Tony Lock (35%) – A fierce left-arm spinner who defeated batsmen around the world, his partnership with Jim Laker butchered batting orders and defined an era.
Waqar Younis (33%) – Younis exploded on to the scene with Pakistan and Surrey, his scintillating pace and swing earning him the new ball and a worldwide reputation.