Dickie Burrough

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Dickie Burrough
Personal information
Full name Herbert Dickinson Burrough
Born (1909-02-06)6 February 1909
Wedmore, Somerset, England
Died 9 April 1994(1994-04-09) (aged 85)
Padstow, Cornwall, England
Nickname Dickie
Batting Right-handed batsman
Role Batsman
Relations Father, William, Somerset 1906
Domestic team information
Years Team
1927–1947 Somerset
First-class debut 27 August 1927 Somerset v Glamorgan
Last First-class 3 June 1947 Somerset v Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 171
Runs scored 5316
Batting average 20.92
100s/50s 4/23
Top score 135
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 83/–
Source: CricketArchive, 25 April 2010

Herbert Dickinson "Dickie" Burrough (6 February 1909 at Wedmore, Somerset – 9 April 1994 at Padstow, Cornwall), played 171 first-class cricket matches for Somerset in a career that last for 20 years from 1927.

An amateur right-handed batsman who sometimes opened the innings, Burrough played fairly regular first-class cricket for Somerset in the early 1930s, making useful runs and fielding athletically. He was, said his obituary in Wisden, "notably enthusiastic".[1] He had been at Cambridge University, but appeared there in only one trial match for "seniors", and never made the first-class cricket side. He was also passed over at Cambridge for hockey, failing to win his university Blue for the sport, though he later played three times for the England team.

In 1931, he played cricket regularly for Somerset, though his highest score was only 55 and he averaged just 16 runs per innings. The following year, 1932, he hit centuries against Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, the former – 135 in 180 minutes at Kettering – remaining the highest score of his career, and his average rose to 27. This record was "as good as that of any other member of the team," said Wisden.[2]

In 1933, though there were no further centuries, Burrough reached 1000 runs in a season for the only time in his career, finishing with 1007. This was his last season for full-time cricket, although he continued to play fairly regularly until 1939, with two further centuries in 1935 and 1937. After the Second World War, he played just three first-class matches, without success.

Like his county captains Reggie Ingle and Bunty Longrigg, Burrough was a solicitor in Bath. He also played for Bath Cricket Club.


  1. ^ "Obituaries, 1994". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1995 ed.). Wisden. p. 1380.
  2. ^ "Somerset Matches". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1933 ed.). Wisden. p. 230.
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