Fred Bakewell      

Full name Alfred Harry Bakewell

Born November 2, 1908, Walsall, Staffordshire

Died January 23, 1983, Westbourne, Dorset (aged 74 years 82 days)

Major teams England, Northamptonshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Alfred Harry Bakewell
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 6 9 0 409 107 45.44 1 3 1 3 0
First-class 250 453 24 14570 257 33.96 31 74 225 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 6 1 18 8 0 - - - 2.66 - 0 0 0
First-class 250 1601 1271 22 2/17 57.77 4.76 72.7 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 27-30, 1931 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 17-20, 1935 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1928 - 1936

Alfred Harry "Fred" Bakewell, who died at Westbourne, Bournemouth, on January 23, 1983, aged 74, was, from the spectator's point of view, one of the most exciting batsmen of his generation and the car smash which ended his career was as disastrous as that which finished Milburn's years later. While, as the vicissitudes of some of our modern Test match batsmen demonstrate, it is impossible to exaggerate the importance of a sound orthodox method, it is salutary that just now and again a player emerges who can defy some of what are normally considered the cardinal principles and yet completely confound the critics. Bakewell's stance was one of the most two-eyed ever seen, with the right shoulder so far round that it seemed almost to be facing mid-on: it was not helped by a slight crouch and he gripped the bat throughout with one hand at the top and the other at the bottom of the handle. Seeing this for the first time, one would have diagnosed a dull and ugly player who would score, if at all, by nudges and deflections. Yet there was in him some natural genius which enabled him to be one of the most brilliant drivers and cutters in the world, nor did he have any difficulty in getting right down the pitch to hit the ball. Naturally he was also strong on the leg side and, if in his early years his defence was a trifle suspect, especially on his off stump, he soon improved it.

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