Arthur Fagg

Arthur Edward Fagg (18 June 1915 – 13 September 1977) was an English cricketer who played for Kent County Cricket Club and the English cricket team.

Arthur Fagg
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Fagg in the 1930s
Personal information
Full nameArthur Edward Fagg
Born(1915-06-18)18 June 1915
Chartham, Kent
Died13 September 1977(1977-09-13) (aged 62)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleBatsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 291)25 July 1936 v India
Last Test22 July 1939 v West Indies
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1932–1957Kent
Umpiring information
Tests umpired18 (1967–1975)
ODIs umpired7 (1972–1976)
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 5 435
Runs scored 150 27,291
Batting average 18.75 36.05
100s/50s 0/0 58/128
Top score 39 269*
Balls bowled 72
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 5/– 425/7
Source: CricInfo, 10 March 2017

A right-handed opening batsman who first played for Kent at the age of 17, Fagg was a Test match player at 21 against India in 1936. He caught rheumatic fever on the tour of Australia the following winter, and missed the whole of the 1937 season.[1]

The evidence was strong in 1938 that Fagg was back to his best form. He set a first-class world record playing for Kent against Essex at Colchester, scoring 244 in the first innings and an undefeated 202 in the second innings in a drawn match, becoming the first batsman in first-class cricket history to score double centuries in both innings of a match.[1][2][3] This feat was not equalled until 2019, when it was achieved in Sri Lankan domestic cricket by Angelo Perera.[4] The 1938 season was a year of record-breaking, and the young Leonard Hutton cemented his place as England's first choice opener with his 364 against the Australians at The Oval.

Fagg played only one more Test, though he remained a consistent scorer in county cricket until the mid-1950s. In all, he scored 58 centuries and more than 25,000 runs.

After retirement, he became a cricket umpire, officiating in eighteen Test matches and seven One Day Internationals. In an incident at Edgbaston in 1973, he refused to take the field after the West Indies team disputed one of his decisions.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fagg's unique double-hundreds, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  2. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. pp. 159–160. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.
  3. ^ Abhishek Mukherjee (15 July 2013). "Arthur Fagg scores double hundred in each innings". CricketCountry. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Two double-tons in a first-class game - Angelo Perera achieves rare record". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ Cricinfo. "Officious officialdom". Retrieved 22 January 2008.

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