Brian Langford      

Full name Brian Anthony Langford

Born December 17, 1935, Birmingham, Warwickshire

Died February 12, 2013, Taunton (aged 77 years 57 days)

Major teams Somerset

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Brian Anthony Langford
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 510 720 162 7588 68* 13.59 0 229 0
List A 66 45 11 441 56 12.97 0 1 19 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 510 34964 1410 9/26 24.79 83 16
List A 66 2585 1576 65 4/73 4/73 24.24 3.65 39.7 1 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1953 - 1974
List A span 1963 - 1973
Profile

Birmingham born, offspinner Brian Langford was nevertheless a Somerset man through and through, having moved to Bridgewater at the age of four. He made his county debut as a 17-year-old in the famous Bertie Buse benefit match at Bath which ended in a day, but in the next fixture on the same ground he took 8 for 51 and 6 for 41 against Kent. His remarkable start was interrupted by National Service and, briefly, it seemed he would move elsewhere as cash-strapped Somerset offered him poor terms. He stayed, and developed into a more than useful offspinner with lovely flight and control - had England not had an abundance of the same kind of bowlers, and had he played for a more fashionable county, he might have had international recognition. As it was, he took 100 wickets in a season five times, and captained Somerset between 1968 and 1971 when he oversaw their climb from perennial whipping boys to a top ten side. In 1969 he carved out a place in the history books that is unlikely to matched when he returned figures of 8-8-0-0 in a Sunday League match at Yeovil. He retired at the end of 1974 and remained connected with the club, becoming chairman in the 1980s, although his tenure coincided with the bitter row which led to the departure of Ian Botham, Viv Richards and Joel Garner.
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Aug 14, 1970

Brian Langford

Brian Langford

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May 14, 1965

Brian Langford in action

Brian Langford in action

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Jun 25, 1961

The Somerset squad in 1961. Back: John Miles Lawrence, Brian Langford, Ken Palmer, T. Tout (scorer), Graham Atkinson, Ken Biddulph, Haydn Sully, Brian Roe. Front: Colin Atkinson, James Geoffrey Lomax, Harold Stephenson, Bill Alley, Peter Wight.

The Somerset squad in 1961

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street - Aug 23-26
Durham 207 Warwickshire 270/5 (91.4 ov)
Glamorgan v Sussex at Cardiff - Aug 23-26
Glamorgan 252 Sussex 283 (109.2 ov)
Gloucs v Kent at Bristol - Aug 23-26
Gloucs 221 Kent 335/4 (80 ov)
Leics v Essex at Leicester - Aug 23-26
Leics 238 Essex 278/6 (86.1 ov)
Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton - Aug 23-26
Hampshire 338 Somerset 244/4 (66.1 ov)
Surrey v Lancashire at The Oval - Aug 23-26
Lancashire 287 Surrey 321/5 (98 ov)
Worcs v Northants at Worcester - Aug 23-26
Northants 551 Worcs 102/1 (30.5 ov)
Yorkshire v Notts at Scarborough - Aug 23-26
Yorkshire 282 & 172/3 (50.5 ov) Notts 94
1st ODI: England v Pakistan at Southampton - Aug 24
Pakistan 227/6 (44.5/50 ov)
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