Tom Sueter

Thomas (Tom) Sueter (born 17 April 1750 at Hambledon, Hampshire; died 17 February 1827 at Hambledon) was a famous English cricketer who played for the Hambledon Club.

Sueter was a left-handed batsman and, with William Yalden, one of the two most famous wicket-keepers of the 18th century. He played mainly for Hampshire but in his closing seasons he represented Surrey, probably because of temporary residence in the county, though he evidently returned to Hambledon after he finished playing [ From Lads to Lord's – biography of Tom Sueter] ] .

Sueter was a carpenter and builder by trade and Arthur Haygarth recorded that above the Hambledon church door in the 1860s was affixed a plaque saying: "Thomas Sueter and Richard Flood, builders, 1788" Arthur Haygarth, "Scores & Biographies", Volume 1 (1744-1826, Lillywhite, 1862] .

Sueter began playing in the 1760s and made 67 known first-class appearances from the 1772 season to the 1790 season. He is said "to have been the first (or one of the first) who departed from the custom of the old players, who deemed it a heresy to leave the crease for the ball; but he would get in at it, hit it straight off and straight on, and egad it went as if it had been fired" ("sic") Ashley Mote, "John Nyren's "The Cricketers of my Time", Robson, 1998] . Sueter was also reckoned an excellent judge of a short run .

Like George Leer, Sueter was a fine singer and he belonged to the choir at his parish church. When he died, according to Haygarth, he left behind him a sovereign in order that an anthem should be sung in the church over his coffin; and this was done. Haygarth records that Sueter’s tombstone was still standing in Hambledon churchyard in 1858 with the following inscription::::::"Sacred to the memory of THOMAS SUETER, ":::::"who departed this life the 17th day of February, 1827, aged 77 years"


External links

* [ CricketArchive record of Tom Sueter]

Further reading

* H S Altham, "A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914)", George Allen & Unwin, 1962
* Rowland Bowen, "Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development", Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
* Ashley Mote, "The Glory Days of Cricket", Robson, 1997
* David Underdown, "Start of Play", Allen Lane, 2000

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