Decade Review 2009

Alex Kennedy      

Full name Alexander Stuart Kennedy

Born January 24, 1891, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Died November 15, 1959, Langdown, Hythe, Southampton, Hampshire (aged 68 years 295 days)

Major teams England, Hampshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Alexander Stuart Kennedy
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 5 8 2 93 41* 15.50 0 0 0 5 0
First-class 677 1025 130 16586 163* 18.53 10 64 531 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 5 9 1683 599 31 5/76 8/169 19.32 2.13 54.2 3 2 0
First-class 677 150851 61035 2874 10/37 21.23 2.42 52.4 225 45
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 23-28, 1922 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Feb 16-22, 1923 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1907 - 1936

Edinburgh-born Alex Kennedy was a well-built and durable allrounder who served Hampshire with distinction for almost three decades either side of the Great War. He bowled medium-pace in and outswingers - and could do so all day, such was his remarkable stamina - and was also able to cut the ball from leg. His batting was usually cautious, although he occasionally revealed the ability to hit out to great effect. He batted at every place from one to 11 - once carrying his bat for 152 - and often opened both batting and bowling. He took 100 wickets in a season on 15 occasions, doing the double five times, with a best of 205 wickets and 1129 runs in 1921. Surprisingly, he made only five Test appearances, all in South Africa in 1922-23 where he took 31 wickets at 19.32. He toured South Africa again in 1924-25 as part of Lord Tennyson's side and took another 21 wickets in the unofficial Tests, and also took all 10 wickets for 37 for the Players against Gentlemen at The Oval in 1927. After retiring he coached, initially at Cheltemham College and then from 1947 to 1954 in South Africa.

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Alex Kennedy 596 matches for his county, prolific allrounder

Alex Kennedy - Hampshire Cricketer 1907-1936

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1933

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