Tony Sutton: Somerset’s Oldest Surviving Cricketer
The oldest surviving Somerset player is M.A. (Tony ) Sutton who played one First Class match for the county against Oxford University at The Rec in Bath back in June 1948.
Tony, who was born in Weymouth on March 21st 1921, was an off break bowler and enjoyed a successful playing career whilst he was at Oxford University where he studied the law and played alongside New Zealander Martin Donnelly.
During that match Tony was part of an attack that included Arthur Wellard, Bertie Buse, Johnny Lawrence, Horace Hazell and Maurice Tremlett and bowled 17 overs in the two innings four of which were maidens and took one wicket for 44. After failing to trouble the scorers in the first innings he remained 13 not out in the second as Somerset were dismissed for 112, losing by 125 runs.
His one appearance for the County came whilst he was working for a Bath based solicitor a career he followed and practiced for many years in Teignmouth where he is still living.
Recently we were lucky enough to travel down to meet Tony who fascinated us with a variety of anecdotes and stories from his cricketing career and his life in general looking back over 95 years.