Alan Hurd

7th September 1937 – March 2016

Alan will be remembered with great affection by the club as captain of a strong 1st XI side until the league started, and before that for his spin bowling role on the Essex staff from 1958 – 1960 for whom he played 90 times taking 249 wickets, with a best of 6-15.  Alan was a very capable off spin bowler and, it is fair to say, not a fielder – once described by Trevor Bailey as “the worst fielder ever to have played cricket”.

A Cambridge Blue, after his First Class career Alan was persuaded to join the teaching staff of Sevenoaks School by L C Taylor to teach English and quickly assumed responsibility for cricket, overseeing the development of Chris Tavaré, Paul Downton, Guy Spelman & Will House amongst many others.

Alan was a regular visitor to The Vine on a Saturday afternoon and a great supporter of the club, always happy to while away a Saturday afternoon discussing the game, especially if it involved a glass of whiskey.

Alan Hurd Obituary from The Cricketer

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