Frank Chester      

Full name Frank Chester

Born January 20, 1895, Bushey, Hertfordshire

Died April 8, 1957, Bushey, Hertfordshire (aged 62 years 78 days)

Major teams Worcestershire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Other Umpire

Frank Chester
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 55 92 18 1773 178* 23.95 4 4 25 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 55 5143 2561 81 6/43 31.61 2.98 63.4 2 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1912 - 1914
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Lord's, Jun 28-Jul 1, 1924 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 21-26, 1955 scorecard
Test matches 48
Test statistics

Frank Chester, who died at his home at Bushey, Hertfordshire, on April 8, aged 61, will be remembered as the man who raised umpiring to a higher level than had ever been known in the history of cricket. For some years he had suffered from stomach ulcers. Often he stood as umpire when in considerable pain, which unfortunately caused him to become somewhat irascible at times, and at the end of the 1955 season he retired, terminating a career in which he officiated in over 1,000 first-class fixtures, including 48 Test matches.

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Aug 15, 1952

Umpire Frank Chester looks on as Fred Trueman bowls, England v India, The Oval, 1952

Umpire Frank Chester looks on as Fred Trueman bowls

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Frank Chester

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