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Syd Brown


Born at Eltham, Kent in 1917, Syd Brown was a forceful right-handed opening batsman, good deep fieldsman and occasional wicket keeper. He represented Middlesex 313 times between 1937 and 1955 and he made his debut for the county against Oxford University at the Parks in 1937 when his opening partner was fellow debutante E.W. Swanton. He amassed 15,050 runs (av. 29.51) with twenty centuries and achieved a top score of 232 n.o. versus Somerset at Lord's in 1951. He hit 1,000 runs in a season nine, times, exceeding 2,000 runs in a season once, 2,078 runs (av. 37.78) in 1947. He also took 152 catches, 2 stumpings and 3 wickets (av. 26.66) with a best of 2 for 19. Syd Brown was one of the finest fieldsman and could get down, pick the ball up and throw it in, all in one movement, whilst running in at full speed. He died in 1987.