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Full name Noel Benjamin Sherwell
Born March 16, 1904, Hendon, Middlesex
Died December 29, 1960, Flims, near Chur, Switzerland (aged 56 years 288 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Tonbridge; Caius College, Cambridge
Ben Sherwell, who was killed while skiing at Flims, Switzerland, on December 29, aged 56, was the finest amateur wicket-keeper of his day and the best ever produced by Tonbridge School. In the Tonbridge XI from 1920 to 1922, he was one of four brothers who got their colours for the school. As captain in his last year, he headed the batting figures with 745 runs, including three centuries, average 53.21, caught 15 batsmen and stumped 16. Wisden of the time described him as a fine cricketer, an excellent captain and a first-rate, sound and punishing batsman. Going up to Caius College, Cambridge, he received his Blue as a Freshman in 1923 and also played against Oxfordin the two following years. Though he did not meet with the same success as a batsman as during his school-days, he developed in wicket-keeping, standing right up when taking the bowling of G. O. Allen, who later played for England, at his fastest. In 1925 Sherwell was one of four members of that year's Cambridge team to play for Gentlemen against Players at Lord's. The others were K. S. Duleepsinhji, E. W. Dawson and H. J. Enthoven. In 1926 he took part in one game for Middlesex. He served with the R.A.F.V.R. during the Second World War and was awarded the O.B.E. in the 1946 New Year's Honours List. He was a solicitor.
C. T. Bennett, Cambridge captain of 1925, writes: The tragedy of Ben's untimely death is mourned by all, particularly by those who played in his company. As a wicket-keeper, like G. E. C. Wood, he never blinded his slip fieldsmen and gave the experienced and tactful advice that only the great can dispense. As a man and a friend, semper idem.
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