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Henry Blofeld      

Full name Henry Calthorpe Blofeld

Born September 23, 1939, Hoveton Home Farm, Norfolk

Current age 77 years 247 days

Major teams Cambridge University, Norfolk

Nickname Blowers

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Commentator

Education Eton College; Cambridge University

Relation Uncle - Hon.FSG Calthorpe

Henry Calthorpe Blofeld
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 17 32 1 758 138 24.45 1 2 11 0
List A 1 1 0 60 60 60.00 0 1 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 17 18 15 0 - - - 5.00 - 0 0 0
List A 1 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1958 - 1960
List A span 1965 - 1965
Profile

Often assumed to be as dotty as his trademark bow-tie, Henry Blofeld's quaint obsession with London buses and pigeons has ensured him a place alongside John Arlott and Brian Johnston as the one of the legendary voices of BBC's Test Match Special. For many, especially those listeners who hailed his return to the airwaves in 1994 after a stint at Sky TV, Blofeld's burbling commentaries provide a pleasingly onamatapoeic backdrop to a day's cricket, and his frequent gaffes and misidentifications merely add to that charm. Like Johnston, "Blowers" was educated at Eton College and his old-school leanings are unmistakeable. Unlike Johnston, however, his bluff and hearty image is not entirely accurate, as anyone who has read his caustic columns in The Independent would testify. In part this might be attributed to frustration. As a schoolboy wicketkeeper and batsman, Blofeld was one of the finest cricketers ever to emerge from Eton, and seemed destined to play for England until he was knocked off his bike in his final year at school. Though he recovered to play for Cambridge and Norfolk, he soon turned to journalism, where he learned his trade under the watchful eye of EW Swanton. He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to broadcasting.
Andrew Miller

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May 2, 2012

Henry Blofeld with a portrait of himself at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London, May 2, 2012

Henry Blofeld with a portrait of himself

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May 17, 2007

The Test Match Special team celebrates its 50th anniversary, Lord's, May 17, 2007

The Test Match Special team celebrates its 50th anniversary

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Sep 20, 2004

Henry Blofeld

Henry Blofeld

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Notes

Awarded the OBE in 2002

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Leics at Derby - May 25-28
Leics 619 Derbyshire 532/8 (141 ov)
Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford - May 26-29
Surrey 369 Essex 215/3 (80 ov)
Glamorgan v Durham at Swansea - May 26-29
Durham 342 Glamorgan 225/6 (59 ov)
Kent v Sussex at Tunbridge Wells - May 26-29
Kent 369 & 116/0 (35 ov) Sussex 164
Northants v Worcs at Northampton - May 26-29
Northants 238 & 53/2 (18 ov) Worcs 434
Notts v Gloucs at Nottingham - May 26-29
Notts 430/9d Gloucs 149 & 37/1 (10.3 ov) (f/o)
Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton - May 26-29
Hampshire 162 & 293 Somerset 197 & 39/0 (10 ov, target 259)
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