Alfred Morcom      

Full name Alfred Farr Morcom

Born February 16, 1885, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Died February 12, 1952, Westminster, London (aged 66 years 361 days)

Major teams Cambridge University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Education Repton; Cambridge University

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 23 36 14 257 29 11.68 0 0 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 23 4818 2322 97 7/76 23.93 2.89 49.6 5 1
Career statistics
First-class span 1905 - 1911

Alfred Morcom did great work for Cambridge University in the early part of the century. After three years in the Repton XI from 1901 to 1903, he gained a Blue in 1905 and helped in a remarkable win by 40 runs in the University match. Cambridge, 101 behind on the first innings, recovered after being seemingly set for defeat and left the Dark Blues to get 164. Then Morcom got to work with fast-medium right-arm bowling and, by taking 6 for 41, brought about the dismissal of Oxford for 123. Next season, when Cambridge again won, Morcom achieved little in the big game; but in 1907 he once more came into the limelight. He took 5 for 69 in the first innings and 4 for 29 in the second, and Cambridge, after getting the worst of the pitch in a match much interfered with by rain, won by five wickets. In three University matches he dismissed 21 batsmen at a cost of 14 runs apiece, a remarkable feat. His best performance for the University was in 1906 when at Fenner's he took 12 Northamptonshire wickets for 98 runs. Nearly always accurate in length, he brought the ball down from a good height, making it come quickly off the turf and introducing an occasional break-back or yorker. He later played for Bedfordshire, but the demands of his profession as a doctor limited his appearances.