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George Beldam


Born at New Cross, Kent on 1st May 1868, George William Beldam was the brother of C.A. and cousin of E.A. Beldam, who also both represented Middlesex. A sound right-handed middle-order batsman and right-arm medium slow bowler he represented the county in 102 first-class between 1900 and 1907. Scoring 6,562 first-class runs (av. 30.23) with 9 centuries, his top score was 155 n.o. He bagged 107 wickets (av. 30.63) with a best performance of 5 for 28 and he held 83 catches. He scored 1,000 runs in a season on three occasions with a best of 1,158 (av.38.60) in 1901. The pioneer in action photography, he produced the plate photographs for the remarkable 'Great Batsmen, Their Methods at a Glance' book published in 1907. He also wrote books on golf and tennis. He died on 23rd November 1937 aged 69 at Lower Bourne, Surrey.