Full name Alfred Jeacocke
Born December 1, 1892, Islington, London
Died September 26, 1961, Ladywell, Lewisham, London (aged 68 years 299 days)
Major teams Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class span||1920 - 1934|
Alfred Jeacocke, the former Surrey amateur batsman, died at Lewisham on September 26 at the age of 68, having been born in London on December 1, 1892.
He made his debut in first-class cricket for Surrey in 1920, gaining his place in the county side straight from club cricket, and his vigorous, aggressive play brought him over 1,000 runs the following year at an average of 42.24-an average exceeded by only two other amateurs in the country. That season he shared an
opening stand with Sandham of 266 in only 2 hours against Northamptonshire at the Oval, and in 1922 made his highest score on the same ground by hitting 201 not out against Sussex, again adding over 200 with Sandham. He was a tall and stylish batsman and a superb driver, and in 1925 at Blackheath, in an innings of 80 against Kent, he scored his last 52 in 20 minutes, including 30 off two successive overs. A year later he hit 62 in only 23 minutes against Leicestershire at the Oval, while he and Fender once shared an unbroken stand of 56 in 15 minutes. He continued to play for Surrey right through the 1920s, but thereafter was not often available, appearing only in the matches against the Universities in 1933 and 1934. However, in club cricket, both as a batsman and
bowler, he performed outstanding feats, especially for Forest Hill, of which he had been a member since 1919. In 1939, when nearing the age of 50, he scored a century while batting at No. 9, and in another match took all 10 wickets in an innings in the course of 10 overs. He assisted the club until only three years ago, and at the time of his death was its president. In his first-class
career he scored 6,161 runs at an average of just under 30 and hit 8 centuries. He appeared six times for the Gentlemen against the Players between 1921 and 1933.
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