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MCC pays tribute to Sir Alec Bedser

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has paid tribute to the former England bowler Sir Alec Bedser, who died on 4 April aged 91.

Bedser was elected an Honorary Life Member of the Club in 1961 and appears three times on the Lord’s Honours Boards for his achievements at the Home of Cricket.

He took 7-49 (with a match total of 11-145) on his debut against India in 1946, and also 5-105 against Australia in 1953. In total he took a remarkable 39 wickets in the series, as England reclaimed the Ashes.

Bedser became just the 24th Honorary Life Vice-President of MCC in 1999 and also sat on the MCC Committee from 1981 to 1984 and the MCC Cricket committee from 1963 to 1990.

He was a regular visitor to the Committee Room during major matches at Lord’s and the Club hosted a 90th birthday party lunch for him in 2009.

Keith Bradshaw, Secretary & Chief Executive of MCC, said: "Sir Alec was a close personal friend to me but he was also cherished by the whole Club.

"Both as a player and an administrator he gave so much to the game, and we will miss him dearly."

"He was an iconic figure in the post-war era, and one that the cricketing world will be all the poorer without."

Bedser was knighted in 1997 and also was awarded a CBE in 1982 and an OBE in 1964.

MCC’s flag is flying at half-mast.

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