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Fred Price


A sound right-handed middle order batsman and wicket keeper, Fred Price was born at Westminster, London in 1902. He represented Middlesex 382 times between 1926 and 1947. He accumulated 8,300 runs (av. 18.08) with three centuries, with a top score of 111 and he held 626 catches and took 301 stumpings behind the timbers. He hit 1,000 runs in a season once, 1,298 (av. 25.96) in 1934. He played one Test for England in 1938 against Australia when he scored just 6 runs and took 2 catches. He toured twice with M.C.C. to West Indies in 1929/30 and with Brinckman to Argentine in 1937/38. Between 1949 and 1967 he stood as a first-class umpire and he caused a sensation by no-balling Tony Lock for throwing. He umpired eight Tests between 1964 and 1967. He died at Hendon, Middlesex in 1969.