A.E. Relf


A.E. Relf 5-85. v AustraliaBack to boards

Albert Relf’s only five-wicket haul in Test cricket came against Australia at Lord’s in 1909.

In the report on the match in the Wisden Almanack, Relf ‘deserved far better support than he received, bowled untiringly, keeping his length in quite a wonderful way during long spells of work’.

The wickets he took were of Warren Bardsley, Warwick Armstrong, Victor Trumper, Syd Gregory and the captain Monty Noble.

He did take the wicket of Bardsley again in the second innings – this time for a duck – but was unable to prevent the visitors winning by nine wickets.

Relf went on to become a mainstay of the Sussex team for 21 years, and was also prolific in the slips, taking 493 catches in his career.