Paddy Bucklan

Joseph Edwin Bucklan, known as "Paddy Bucklan", (24 September 1916 – 18 February 1989) was an English cricketer.[1] He was a left-handed batsman and a left-arm medium-fast bowler who played for Somerset. He was born in Lingfield, Surrey. He died at Bridgwater, Somerset in February 1989.[2]

Paddy Bucklan
Personal information
Full name
Joseph Edwin Buckland
Born(1916-09-24)24 September 1916
Lingfield, Surrey, England
Died (aged 72)
Bridgwater, Somerset, England
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
Only FC5 May 1948 Somerset v Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 17
Batting average
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 17*
Balls bowled 102
Wickets 3
Bowling average 18.33
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/35
Catches/stumpings 2/–
Source: CricketArchive (subscription required), 29 December 2016


Bucklan was born as "Joseph Edwin Buckland" in 1916, but appears to have shed the final letter of his surname on joining the Merchant Navy in his early 20s; throughout his adult life, he was known as "Paddy", with "Joseph" used only on formal occasions, and his widow and children did not know his original surname until after his death.[2] On cricket scorecards and in press reports of club cricket, he was generally known as "P. Bucklan", although Wisden Cricketers' Almanack's 1949 record of his name in the Somerset scorecard of his only first-class match refers to him as "J. Bucklan".[3] Cricket database CricketArchive calls him "Joe Buckland".[1]

Cricket careerEdit

Bucklan was a regular all-round player for Bridgwater Cricket Club having moved to the town for war work after being invalided out of active service.[2] He made one first-class appearance during the 1948 season, playing in an early season friendly match at Rodney Parade, Newport, against Glamorgan in which both teams tried out new players. In his two innings, batting at No 11, he scored 17 runs, finishing not out on both occasions. Bucklan bowled 17 overs in the match, conceded 55 runs and taking three wickets. But he did not win a contract, and made no further first-class appearances, although he later played as an amateur for Somerset's second eleven.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Joe Buckland". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Stephen Hill; Barry Phillips (22 May 2018). Somerset Cricketers, 1946–1970 (2018 ed.). Halsgrove. pp. 67–69. ISBN 978-0-85704-325-2.
  3. ^ "Glamorgan in 1948". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1949 ed.). Wisden. p. 325.