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Pat Pocock      

Full name Patrick Ian Pocock

Born September 24, 1946, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales

Current age 70 years 218 days

Major teams England, Northern Transvaal, Surrey

Nickname Percy

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 6 ft 1 in

Education Merton C of E Secondary: Wimbledon Technical College

Patrick Ian Pocock
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 25 37 4 206 33 6.24 0 0 1 15 0
ODIs 1 1 0 4 4 4.00 9 44.44 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 554 585 156 4867 75* 11.34 0 3 186 0
List A 321 158 61 700 22 7.21 0 0 59 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 25 43 6650 2976 67 6/79 8/142 44.41 2.68 99.2 4 3 0
ODIs 1 1 60 20 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 554 100414 42648 1607 9/57 26.53 2.54 62.4 60 7
List A 321 15184 9135 327 4/11 4/11 27.93 3.60 46.4 7 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Feb 29-Mar 5, 1968 scorecard
Last Test India v England at Kanpur, Jan 31-Feb 5, 1985 scorecard
Test statistics
Only ODI England v Pakistan at Sharjah, Mar 26, 1985 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1964 - 1986
List A span 1966 - 1986
Profile

A low threshold of boredom, or perhaps because he played cricket as a game to be enjoyed rather than merely a job, might have been all that stood between Pat Pocock and a lengthy and successful Test career. As an offspinner, he had a model side-on action, nice drift from leg to off, good control of flight and sufficient powers of spin. But a desire to outwit his man, combined with The Oval's frustrating lack of bounce and pace in the 1970s, denied "Percy" a crucial weapon in the finger-spinner's armoury - willingness to bore a batsman out. For England, Pocock's overs cost half-a-run more each than John Emburey's; which probably accounted for Embers playing more than twice as many Tests. His 25 Test appearances were spread over 17 years, the last nine in consecutive matches after he was given a surprise recall in 1984 to end an eight-year hiatus from Test cricket. With 67 wickets at over 40 and a strike rate almost in three figures, the popular Pocock was typical of the increasing toothlessness of English finger-spinners at the very highest level, although he was highly successful with Surrey. He took 1607 first-class wickets and produced an amazing performance against Sussex in 1972, taking four wickets in four balls,five in six, six in nine and seven in eleven. Unsurprisingly, the last two are records.
John Thicknesse

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Jun 27, 2015

Pat Pocock sings for spectator's after the day's play at The Oval, Surrey v Gloucestershire, Championship Division Two, June 27, 2015

Pat Pocock sings for spectator's after the day's play at The Oval

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May 11, 2014

Pat Pocock the Surrey deputy club president, presents certificates to members who have been with the club for 60 years or more

Pat Pocock the Surrey deputy club president, presents certificates to members who have been with the club for 60 years or more

© PA Photos

Aug 27, 1984

An unusual celebration ... Pat Pocock is congratulated by Allan Lamb on his first international run of the summer in his fifth innings, England v Sri Lanka, Lord's, August 27, 1984

An unusual celebration ... Pat Pocock is congratulated on his first international run of the summer

© The Cricketer International

Country Fixtures Country Results
North Group: Derbyshire v Northants at Derby - Apr 30
Northants 307/7 Derbyshire 224/1 (37.2/50 ov, target 308)
South Group: Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford - Apr 30
Essex 304/7 Hampshire 195/5 (36/50 ov, target 305)
South Group: Glamorgan v Surrey at Cardiff - Apr 30
Glamorgan 239 Surrey 75/1 (11.5/29 ov, target 182)
North Group: Leics v Worcs at Leicester - Apr 30
Worcs 361/8 Leics 246/5 (37/50 ov, target 362)
South Group: Middlesex v Gloucs at Lord's - Apr 30
Middlesex 256/9 Gloucs 170/5 (41/50 ov, target 257)
South Group: Sussex v Somerset at Hove - Apr 30
Somerset 303/5 Sussex 60/2 (8/25 ov, target 198)
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