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Alec Skelding      

Full name Alexander Skelding

Born September 5, 1886, Leicester

Died April 18, 1960, Westcoates, Leicester (aged 73 years 226 days)

Major teams Leicestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

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Alexander Skelding
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 177 257 92 1117 33 6.76 0 0 48 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 177 14630 593 8/44 24.67 35 4
Career statistics
First-class span 1912-1929
Profile

Alexander Skelding, the former Leicestershire bowler and one of the best-known umpires in first-class cricket over the past 30 years, died at his Leicester home, after a sudden illness, on April 18 at the age of 73. A genial, bespectacled figure, his ready wit on the field became almost proverbial, though his reputation as a humorist in no way diminished the high respect that all accorded his umpiring decisions. He was born in Leicester on September 5, 1886, and after playing for local clubs, joined the Leicestershire ground staff as a fast bowler. He made his debut in county cricket in 1912, and played fairly regularly in the two seasons before the first world war. It was in the middle and late 1920s, however, when he was around his 40th year, that he showed remarkable skill as agenuinely fast bowler; indeed, he was at times freely admitted to have been the fastest bowler in the country. His best season was 1927 - his benefit year - when he exceeded 100 wickets, and his most outstanding performance was to dismiss eight Nottinghamshire batsmen for 44 runs on a perfect pitch at Leicester in 1924. Altogether for the county he took 593 wickets at an average of 24.67 until he retired in 1929. He joined the list of first-class umpires in 1931 and soon established himself as one of cricket's characters as well as a fearless umpire. He umpired his last first-class game in 1959, and of modern umpires he was second only in length of service to the late Frank Chester.
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1956

Alec Skelding umpiring

Alec Skelding umpiring

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1956

Alec Skelding umpiring

Alec Skelding umpiring

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