Percy Fender (1892–1985) was an English cricketer who played 13 Tests
and captained Surrey between 1921 and 1931. An all-rounder, he was a
belligerent middle-order batsman who bowled mainly leg spin and
completed the cricketer's double seven times. In 1914, he was named one
of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year, and in 1920 hit the fastest recorded
first-class century, reaching three figures in 35 minutes (which remains
a record in 2013). In county cricket, he was an effective performer with
bat and ball, and a forceful though occasionally controversial leader;
contemporaries judged him the best captain in England. From 1921, he
played occasionally in Tests for England but was never particularly
successful. Despite press promptings, he was never appointed Test
captain, and his England career was effectively ended by a clash with
the influential Lord Harris in 1924. Further disagreements with the
Surrey committee over his approach and tactics led to his replacement as
county captain in 1932 and the end of his career in 1935. Cartoonists
enjoyed caricaturing his distinctive appearance, but he was also well
known outside cricket for his presence in society.
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