Ken Suttle

Ken Suttle Sussex and Brighton & Hove Albion
Ken Suttle

Ken Suttle was born in Hammersmith, London in 1928. Ken was educated at Worthing High. In the 1950s he played football as well as cricket for which he was best known for. He made three first-team appearances as a winger for Brighton & Hove Albion in 1949. He was player/manager of Arundel FC when they won consecutive Sussex County League Division One titles in the 1957/58 and 1958/59 seasons.

In cricket Ken was primarily a left-handed batsman but was also a useful slow left-arm bowler. His first-class career with Sussex lasted from 1949 to 1971. He played in 612 first-class matches. This included an unbroken sequence of 423 consecutive County Championship matches between 1954 and 1969, which is still the record number.

Ken was a quick-footed, unorthodox batsman, endlessly fidgeting at the crease between deliveries. He made 30225 first-class runs at an average of 31.09, with 49 centuries, reaching 1000 runs in 17 successive seasons from 1953 to 1969. In 1962 he scored more than 2000 runs in the County Championship, and made his highest score of 204 not out against Kent. He took 266 wickets at 32.80, with best innings figures of 6 for 64 against Worcestershire in 1970.

He played in 55 one-day matches, and was a member of the Sussex side which won the Gillette Cup in 1963 and 1964 (the first two years of the competition). He won the Man of the Match award in a quarter-final of the Gillette Cup in 1968, scoring 100 in a seven-run victory for Sussex over Northamptonshire.

He toured the West Indies with England in 1953-54 but never played in a Test. He stands equal third with Les Barry in the list of players with most first-class runs not to have played a Test.

After leaving Sussex he played for Suffolk for two seasons, ran an equipment shop, then coached at Christ’s Hospital. He umpired a handful of first-class university matches in 1983.

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