Bernie Constable      

Full name Bernard Constable

Born February 19, 1921, East Molesey, Surrey

Died May 14, 1997, Huntingdon (aged 76 years 84 days)

Major teams Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Relation Brother - D Constable

Bernard Constable
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 446 701 82 18849 205* 30.45 27 180 0
List A 2 2 0 4 4 2.00 0 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 446 5508 3017 64 5/131 47.14 3.28 86.0 1 0
List A 2 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1939-1964
List A span 1963-1964
Profile

Bernie Constable was one of the unsung heroes of the great Surrey side of the 1950s. He played 434 matches for the county, starting in 1939 and finishing in 1964, and indeed got better as he aged. His best season came in 1961, when he was 40 and had had a kneecap removed: he scored 1,799 runs that year. As a batsman, he was technically correct and outstanding against spin, a vital skill given the pitches Surrey prepared in that era. He was a brilliant cover point, and a first-rate student of cricket's intricacies. He knew the game inside out and every first-class player inside out. said Micky Stewart. I learned more about cricket from Bernie Constable than from anyone else. He will be remembered best as an Oval character. Though his family were boat builders, by the Thames at East Molesey, he was regarded as the epitome of the cock-sparrer Cockney, an image he played up to with his confident strut round the field and his willingness to argue with anyone, including his captain, Stuart Surridge. On your toes, Bernie, Surridge once shouted when Constable slipped on a sodden outfield at Leicester. On me toes? he roared back. I'm on me knees. He would complain just as loudly if he disagreed with Surridge's field placings. What do you need three of them over there for? Give'em a fourth and they can play cards. The highlight of his career might have been the unbeaten 205 - in under five hours - he made against Somerset at The Oval in 1952. But it was probably the moment he ran two against Glamorgan, while Wilf Wooller was debating with the umpire about whether a disputed catch was fair or not.
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Jul 20, 1956

Bernie Constable

Bernie Constable

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1955

Bernie Constable on the attack

Bernie Constable on the attack

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Jul 16, 1953

Peter Loader is congratulated by David Fletcher (standing) for his 8 for 21 as Bernie Constable, Arthur McIntyre, Ken Barrington and John McMahon look on, Surrey v Worcestershire, County Championship, 2nd day, The Oval, July 16, 1953

Peter Loader is congratulated by David Fletcher for his 8 for 21

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