Alec Victor Bedser and Eric Arthur Bedser were born on 4 July 1918 in Reading. Their parents were lifelong Surrey residents and married in Woking. Their father encouraged them to play sport as he had been an amateur cricketer. 

They started work at 14, but were spotted at a cricket school in Woking. This led to them joining Surrey CCC in April 1938.  Both were fast-medium bowlers; this meant that both had a chance of reaching the county team, so on the toss of a coin, Eric turned to spin bowling. 

They served in the war from 1939 to 1946 and, during service, they occasionally played cricket. In 1946, Alec was named one of Wisden's 'Cricketers of the Year' and was selected for the first test match against India having played only 11 first class matches.  In 1953, Alec had a record-breaking summer and benefit year, taking 221 wickets and breaking the record for the number of wickets in test matches.

His playing career ended in 1960, and he subsequently became a test selector 1962-85 (Chairman from 1969 to 1981), England manager 1974-75, and President of Surrey CCC in 1987.  He was awarded the OBE in 1964, the CBE in 1982, and a knighthood in 1997. He died on 4 April 2010.

Eric was a capable all-rounder and might have done more had he moved counties: he was in the test trial of 1950.  He retired in 1962 having scored 14,716 runs and taken 833 wickets, and served as President of Surrey CCC in 1990. He died on 24 May 2006.

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