Arthur Coningham      

Full name Arthur Coningham

Born July 14, 1863, Emerald Hill, South Melbourne, Victoria

Died June 13, 1939, Gladesville, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 75 years 334 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales, Queensland

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium

Arthur Coningham
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 13 10 6.50 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 35 59 2 896 151 15.71 1 2 28 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 2 186 76 2 2/17 2/76 38.00 2.45 93.0 0 0 0
First-class 35 2603 112 6/38 23.24 7 0
Career statistics
Only Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 29, 1894 - Jan 3, 1895 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1892/93 - 1898/99

Arthur Coningham was a dependable allrounder - a left-hand batsman and fast bowler - who played only once for Australia, against England at Melbourne in 1894-95, although he also toured England in 1893. But he was undoubtedly one of the game's more colourful figures and was once described as having "the audacity and cunning of an ape and the modesty of a phallic symbol." His sole Test was memorable as he was no-balled, and in anger he deliberately hurled the next ball at AE Stoddart, England's captain. On his tour to England, during which he was awarded a medal after saving a boy from drowning in the Thames, he reportedly started a fire in the outfield during one match "to keep warm". A chemist by profession, he was made bankrupt, but once discharged became a bookmaker, carrying a satchel embossed with "Coningham the Cricketer".

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The Australian team in England, 1893. Back row (left to right): Carpenter (umpire), V Cohen (manager), Affie Jarvis, Walter Giffen, William Bruce, Alec Bannerman and umpire Thoms. Middle row: Harry Trott, Hugh Trumble, George Giffen, Jack Blackham (captain), JJ Lyons, Bob McLeod and Charlie Turner. Front row: Harry Graham, Arthur Coningham and Syd Gregory

The Australian team in England, 1893

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