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Alexander Webbe


Born at Bethnal Green, London in 1855, brother of H.R. (Middlesex) and G.A. (M.C.C.), Alexander Webbe was a stylish right-handed opening batsman, right-arm fast medium bowler, specialist mid-wicket fieldsman and occasional wicket keeper. Schooled at Harrow, he went on to Oxford University attaining blues all four years between 1875 and 1878 and captained the side in 1877 and 1878. He represented the county 247 times between 1875 and 1900. During his career he scored 14,465 runs (av. 24.81) with 14 centuries including a top score of 243 n.o. versus Yorkshire at Huddersfield in 1897. He bagged 109 wickets (av. 25.21) with a best haul of 5 for 23 and he held 228 catches and took 10 stumpings. His best season was 1887 when he recorded 1,244 runs (av. 47.84). He captained Middlesex between 1885 and 1898, being joint leader with Andrew Stoddart in 1898. He acted as Middlesex Secretary between 1900 and 1922 and was club President during the period 1923 to 1936. A useful rackets and footballer he represented Oxford University in both sports. He died at Fulvens, Hoe, Abinger Hammer, Surrey in 1941.