ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

15 May 2007

Recalling Surrey Cricket's Golden Age

Sir Alec Bedser
Sir Alec Bedser

The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the AirCrew Association was Sir Alec Bedser, the hero of Surrey and England cricket in the 1940s and 1950s.

Sir Alec, who has lived in Woking for most of his life, told of his Second World War service in the RAF alongside his late twin brother and fellow Surrey bowler, Eric, and of his meteoric rise to test cricket in 1946. Whilst characteristically modest on his own achievements of 236 test wickets, including that of Don Bradman on five occasions, in 51 matches, and his vital part in Surrey's record seven consecutive county championship victories, Sir Alec was less than impressed with the current crop of international players. He kept his audience highly amused with a series of anecdotes about his experiences as a cricketer and later as a tour manager and England selector.

During the previous week a party of ACA members and guests had attended the Veterans' Open Day at the RAF Museum, Hendon, and received warm hospitality from the museum staff and service organisations.


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