Ted Dexter

Edward R. Dexter CBE has honoured FineGolf  by accepting an invitation to be a member of its Advisory Panel.


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Ted with the Duke of Edinburgh at Lords

‘Lord Ted’ was a man for the big stage throughout his diverse life, he is arguably the leading cricketer-golfer Britain has ever produced.

Known best for his cricketing prowess as a cavalier batsman, swing bowler and captain of England in the 1960s, his iconic 70 off  73 balls at Lords in 1963 that savaged the West Indian fast bowlers Hall and Griffiths in their pomp, is often cited as the greatest ever innings.

Sussex win the first ever one-day Gillette tournament under Ted’s captaincy in 1963. Lenham,Parks,Oakman,Cooper,Dexter, Langridge,Suttle.Buss,Thomson,Bates,Snow.

John Arlott, commentating on his nickname, purred “ When ‘Lord Ted’ faced fast bowling a sort of air of command seems to lift him above ordinary players. He retains dignity, sometimes near majesty.”

He was always influential in changing cricket structures. He wrote the rules for the first 40 overs game, the grandfather of Twenty20. He developed the player  rankings that are now the ‘ICC Players Rankings’. Four-day county  cricket, England player contracts, taking ‘The Spirit of Cricket’ overseas, were all his and perhaps he has been the biggest influence in the development of the modern game.

Ted in front of Fenners pavilion.

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, seeing his amazing power, tried to persuade him into the professional golf ranks. His as usual truthful and deprecating comment was:
“People said I should have played golf and I’d have made a lot of money. I’d say that would have been unlikely. Temperamentally I was a bit flaky, even in my cricket game. Cricket’s kinder on the nerves. OK, it’s hard when you first go in, but once you’re in it’s lovely, isn’t it? Batting becomes an absolute pleasure. Whereas in golf you’re cruising along, then suddenly something happens and the nerves come rushing in. You’ve got to find a way of getting through those difficult phases.”

Being always interested in new theories, he developed new ‘speedier’ golf rules,  testing them at Sunningdale and posting them on FineGolf  in 2010. These were used at FineGolf’s inaugural Golf Day in 2013 and the latest version was used at the ‘Running-Golf Day’ at Hollinwell in 2017.

More importantly The R&A and USGA have incorporated most of his ‘speedier’ ideas into their recent new rules consultation.


CLICK HERE to read about how the authorities are listening to Ted Dexter on how to help speed up the game.

FineGolf is indeed blessed to have Lord Ted’s support.

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