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
Derbyshire v Essex at Chesterfield - Jul 7-10
Derbyshire 275 & 237/5 Essex 277
Hampshire v Gloucs at Southampton - Jul 7-10
Hampshire 297 Gloucs 446/5
Leics v Kent at Leicester - Jul 7-10
Leics 217 & 388 Kent 302 & 66/1
Middlesex v Somerset at Uxbridge - Jul 7-10
Middlesex 338 & 169/2 Somerset 264/9d
Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds - Jul 7-10
Yorkshire 426 Durham 231 & 59/1 (f/o)
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