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Michael Barton      

Full name Michael Richard Barton

Born October 14, 1914, East Dereham, Norfolk

Died July 1, 2006 (aged 91 years 260 days)

Major teams Free Foresters, I Zingari, Norfolk, Oxford University, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Education Winchester College; Oxford University

Michael Richard Barton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 147 247 16 5965 192 25.82 7 25 117 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 147 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1935-1955
Profile

Michael Barton's career can be divided into distinct halves, bisected neatly by the war. Between 1935 and 1937 he appeared 28 times for Oxford University, winning Blues in 1936 and 1937. When he left university his first-class career appeared over - he joined Dunlop and played his cricket for Norfolk. But in the post-war years Surrey were struggling for a captain and Errol Holmes, who led them in 1947, approached Barton and asked him to share the role with him. "It was extraordinary really," Barton reflected. "I was only playing occasional club cricket and I'd never captained a side in my life." A sceptical dressing room was won over by his quiet charm and three hundreds in his first four matches, and Surrey ended one victory short of winning the title. Barton took over in sole charge in 1949, and in 1950 they won their first Championship since 1914. Stuart Surridge took over the captaincy in 1952 as Surrey began their extraordinary run of titles while Barton slipped quietly back into the shadows. He played one final time for Surrey, against his old university in 1954, scoring an unbeaten 58 from No. 9. He became a commodity trader in the City, retaining his links with Surrey and becoming their president in 1983.

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Aug 4, 1951

Michael Barton drives on the on side, Surrey v Nottinghamshire, County Championship, 1st day, The Oval, August 4, 2008

Michael Barton drives on the on side

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1948

Michael Barton

Michael Barton

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