John Langridge      

Full name John George Langridge

Born February 10, 1910, Chailey, Sussex

Died June 27, 1999, Eastbourne, Sussex (aged 89 years 137 days)

Major teams Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Umpire

Relation Brother - James Langridge, Nephew - RJ Langridge

John George Langridge
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 574 984 66 34378 250* 37.44 76 152 788 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 574 3390 1848 44 3/15 42.00 3.27 77.0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1928 - 1955
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 9-14, 1960 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 25-29, 1963 scorecard
Test matches 7
Test statistics
ODI debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 7, 1975 scorecard
Last ODI England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 20, 1979 scorecard
ODI matches 8
ODI statistics

LANGRIDGE, JOHN GEORGE, MBE, who died on June 27, aged 89, was one of the best English cricketers of the 20th century never to play a Test match. He turned out for Sussex from 1928 to 1955, and came into contention at the worst possible moment, earning selection for the 1939-40 tour of India which was cancelled by war. Langridge was an opening batsman with an unclassical, open stance that made him strongest on the leg side. His batting was as idiosyncratic as it was stoical, said The Times. He was not only one of the game's great accumulators, he was one of the great fidgeters, adjusting every part of his equipment before each ball, a ritual which could never be omitted. He was only ever seen without his Sussex cap when he took it off in acknowledgment of applause, a doffing which revealed a head bereft of hair above his small, round and rosy face. Langridge removed it on reaching a hundred 76 times, a figure unmatched by any other non-Test cricketer. Eight of these were double-hundreds. He remains 40th in the all-time run-scoring list; Alan Jones of Glamorgan is the only non-Test player above him. In 1933, he shared an opening stand of 490 in 350 minutes against Middlesex with Ted Bowley, which remains the fourth highest for the first wicket in first-class cricket. Langridge also took 784 catches, mainly in the slips, where his huge, disproportionate hands missed hardly anything; 69 of them came in his last season, 1955, when he was well into his forties. However, the figures understate his real standing in cricket. The Langridges - John, his elder brother James and James's son Richard - are one of the great locally rooted families who have characterised Sussex cricket. John was born in Chailey, lived in Brighton for 50 years and died in Eastbourne. After his playing career, he became a first-class umpire for 25 seasons; his concentration, his affability, and his quiet but old-fashioned insistence of standards made him universally respected. In this incarnation, he finally did make it on to the Test field: seven times. As he aged, his complexion grew more apple-red and he seemed, alongside Sam Cook, to represent everything that was best about county cricket. It was not an illusion.
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John Langridge

John Langridge

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Umpires Maurice Tate and John Langridge (right) walk out for a game in 1956

Umpires Maurice Tate and John Langridge (right) walk out for a game in 1956

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John Langridge

John Langridge

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Sussex 1928-1955
Scored more first-class runs and first-class centuries than

any other Sussex player
776 catches for Sussex is most for any county
Made four successive centuries in 1949
Selected for the cancelled 1939-40 MCC tour of India