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Elias 'Patsy' Hendren

Biography

The much-loved 'Patsy' Hendren was born at Turnham Green in 1889 and he joined the Lord's groundstaff in 1905 as a right-handed batsman. He represented Middlesex from 1907 to 1937 playing 833 first-class matches, scoring a mammoth 57,611 runs (av. 50.80) with 170 centuries. His top score was 301 n.o. versus Worcestershire at Dudley in 1933 and he also held 754 catches. He exceeded 1,000 runs in a season 21 times and holds the county record for the most runs in a season for the county 2,669 in 1923. The crowd at Lord's stood and sung he's a jolly good fellow on the occasion of his last innings for the county versus neighbours Surrey in 1937. A notable soccer wing forward he played for Brentford, Queen's Park Rangers, Manchester City and Coventry City. Playing 51 Tests for England between 1920/21 and 1934/35 he amassed 3,525 runs with a top score of 205 n.o. versus West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1929/30. He toured abroad six times and after retiring he coached at Harrow School and later for Sussex. He followed this by acting as Middlesex county scorer between 1952 and 1960. He died at Tooting Bec, London in 1962.

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