New building to be named in honour of Tich Freeman

Thursday 22nd December 2016

The new McCarthy and Stone development at The Spitfire Ground will be named after Kent County Cricket Club's all-time record wicket-taker, following a survey of supporters.

The Retirement Living apartments on Old Dover Road will officially be named Freeman House to pay homage to former Kent and England bowler Alfred Percy Freeman.

The diminutive leg spinner, affectionally known as Tich, is the only man to take 300 wickets in an English season and is the second most prolific wicket taker in first class cricket history.

Kent Cricket CEO Jamie Clifford said: “It is long overdue recognition for one of the often-overlooked greats of county cricket.

“His record is a testament to a wonderful talent who deserves to be remembered alongside the likes of Ames, Cowdrey, Knott and Underwood.

“It is fitting to see the huge achievements of a small man marked.”

Julie Ward, Regional Sales and Marketing Director at McCarthy and Stone South East, said: “At McCarthy and Stone we are committed to engaging with the local communities in which we build and it’s hugely important to us that all our developments have a name that in some way links back to the heritage of the area.

“We have no doubt that our new Canterbury development will prove extremely popular, so we are encouraging anyone interested in securing one of these apartments to register their interest as soon as possible.”

Construction is already well underway on the 54 privately owned Retirement Living apartments, with properties available to purchase off-plan in spring 2017, and first occupants expected in summer 2017.

To find out more, please call the sales team on 0800 201 4743 or click here to find out more

Freeman holds many bowling records including:
  • taking 1673 wickets in six consecutive seasons from 1928 to 1933 – in each of these seasons he took over 250 wickets, something no other bowler has done even once since 1901
  • ten wickets in an inning on three occasions – in 1929, 1930, and 1931
  • seventeen wickets in a match twice – in 1922 and 1932
  • the three highest totals of balls bowled in a season in 1928, 1930 and 1933
  • ten or more wickets in a match on 140 occasions – more than 50% ahead of his nearest rival Charlie Parker
  • 48.6% of his 3776 first-class wickets were taken without assistance (either bowled, caught and bowled, leg before wicket, or hit wicket).
  • second only to Wilfred Rhodes in his aggregate of first-class wickets, Freeman accumulated his in little more than half as many matches.