Eric and Alec Bedser were identical twins, born on 4 July 1918. Their family home was in Woking, where Alec lived until his death in 2010, at 91.
Self-taught on Horsell Common, the twins joined Surrey County Cricket Club aged 19.
After the Second World War, Alec became a hugely successful fast medium bowler for England, moving on to become chairman of the test selectors, England manager and President of Surrey County Cricket Club. In 1997 a knighthood followed an OBE and CBE. Eric, a fine all-rounder, helped Surrey to win seven successive County Championships during the 1950s and served as President of Surrey County Cricket Club in 1990. The Bedser twins had a strong affinity which they found hard to explain; they would wear identical clothes even when apart, could finish each other’s sentences and were never happy when separated.
Surrey History Centre is fortunate to have a unique inscribed copy of Our Cricket Story by Alec and Eric Bedser in the Library collection. This copy of the Bedser’s autobiography was originally given to Allan Peach, former Surrey County Cricket Club all-rounder and coach, by Alec and Eric Bedser. On page 18 the twins describe the help that Allan Peach gave them early in their cricketing careers “Allan Peach, the Surrey all-rounder, opened a cricket school at Woking, and soon we were spending every spare moment there. We owe more to Allan than to any other single person, except of course our parents, and he became like a second father to us.” Click here to view the book’s entry in the Surrey library catalogue.
Sir Alec Bedser (1918 – 2010) and Eric Bedser (1918 -2006)