Surrey’s Youngest Capped Players

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Published: 16th May, 2018

When Sam Curran was awarded his county cap by club captain Rory Burns on Sunday, he became Surrey’s fourth youngest player to receive the honour.

Curran enjoyed a stellar match against Yorkshire, reaching his 100th first-class wicket on his way to his maiden 10 wicket haul.

The county cap, received during the third day of play in the emphatic victory, proved to be the icing on the cake for Curran.

At 19 years and 344 days, the all-rounder is older than just three other Surrey capped players but who are those three?

VFS Crawford (1898)

A right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm fast bowler, Crawford made his first-class debut for Surrey against Oxford University in June 1896.

Earning his Surrey cap in his 19th year in 1898 in a season including twelve appearances, Crawford’s best scores of 1898 were 73 against Gloucestershire and 83 against Oxford University, both at The Oval.

His first hundred for Surrey was 129 against Somerset at the Oval in 1899. In June that year he put his knee out at Chesterfield and could play no more for Surrey that season but did return to play until the end of the 1902 season.

He then moved to Leicestershire, where he remained until moving to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1910. He featured for a Ceylon team against both MCC and Australia teams before serving in the First World War. He died in 1922 at the age of just 43.

Donald Knight (1912)

Knight was barely 15 when he first appeared for Surrey and scored 53 in 1909, and two seasons later made his debut for Surrey in first-class cricket before receiving his cap in his 18th year.

It was the return to first-class cricket after the war in 1919 that saw Knight at his very best. In that golden summer, towards the end of which he became captain of Surrey, he shared many fine opening stands with Jack Hobbs, and scored as many as seven centuries.

He opened the batting for England in two of the Tests against Australia in 1921 but only managed 54 runs across four innings.

Altogether in first-class cricket he scored 6,231 runs, including 13 centuries, at an average of 30.84 after a return to the Surrey side in 1937. By profession he was a master at Westminster School.

Knight died in London on 5 January 1960 as a 65-year-old.

Waqar Younis (1990)

Famous for his devilish reverse swing, Younis received his Surrey cap in his his 19th year in 1990 during his first season in English county cricket.

Younis played 45 first-class matches for Surrey between 1990 and 1993 claiming an incredible 232 wickets at an average of 19.05 including four 10 wicket hauls.

The Sultan of Swing, as he came to be nicknamed, played in 87 Test matches and 262 ODIs for Pakistan, taking 789 wickets, before retiring from the game in 2004.

In 2013 he became the 70th male inductee into the ICC Hall of Fame, saying afterwards: “It’s a huge honour for me, I’m truly grateful to the people who’ve considered me worthy of such an honour.”

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