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Fred Titmus MBE


Born in Somerstown in 1932, a talented all-rounder, Fred Titmus made his Middlesex debut at 16 years in 1949 as a right-arm off-spin bowler and capable right-handed batsman. His career spanned five decades until 1982, during which time he played 792 first-class matches, scoring 21,558 runs, he took 2,830 wickets and he held 473 catches. He achieved the double on eight occasions and he bagged 100 wickets in a season sixteen times with a best of 191 wickets in 1955. His career best performances were 137 n.o. versus South Australia at Adelaide in 1962/63 and 9 for 52 versus Cambridge University at Fenner's in 1962. Playing 53 Tests for England between 1955 and 1974/75 he toured abroad nine times scoring 1,449 runs with a best of 84 n.o. versus India at Bombay in 1963/64 and he took 153 wickets with a best performance of 7 for 79 versus Australia at Sydney in 1962/63. He represented Orange Free State in 1975/76. During his tenure as Surrey Coach (1977-1978), he appeared once for Surrey in 1978. A Test selector from 1986 to 1988 he ran a sub Post-Office in Potten End, near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire for many years.

He died in March 2011 aged 78.