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George Parr      

Full name George Parr

Born May 22, 1826, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

Died June 23, 1891, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire (aged 65 years 32 days)

Major teams Kent, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Relation Brother - S Parr

George Parr
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 207 358 30 6626 130 20.20 1 31 126 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 207 694 445 29 6/42 15.34 3.84 23.9 1 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Gentlemen of Nottinghamshire v Players of Nottinghamshire at Nottingham, Sep 9-11, 1844 scorecard
Last First-class 1870
Profile

George Parr who was born at Radcliffe-on-Trent, in Nottinghamshire, May 22, 1826, made his first-class debut in 1844. Within a few seasons he developed into the finest batsman in England-taking the title from the ageing Fuller Pilch - and he held that proud position for several years. Parr was a great scientific batsman with a splendid defence, being extremely strong on the leg-side. He was an excellent runner between the wickets and a good judge of a short single, rarely running himself or his partner out. He was also a very fine fielder with a long throw, and once in a contest with a soldier at Lord's sent the ball about 109 yards. He joined Clarke's All-England XI soon after its formation in 1846 making many big scores-100 at Leicester, 78 not out at York and 64 at Manchester, each against teams of eighteen or more. His scoring feats soon earned him the title of `Lion of the North'. Upon the death of Clarke in 1856, Parr took control of the XI and soon excelled himself as captain, being popular both with his team and the spectators. In 1846 Parr also appeared for the first of his twenty-two Gentlemen v. Players matches. He obtained an average of over 22 runs per innings in these matches, which was one of the highest obtained by the early cricketers. In 1859 he, with the assistance of John Wisden, led the first touring team abroad. The team, which comprised of six of the All-England XI and six of the United England XI, was victorious in every match. Four years later, in 1863, George Parr captained the second touring team from England to venture to Australia also returning unbeaten. He died in 1891, at the age of sixty-five, in his native village where he had lived all his life. His elder brother, Samuel, also played for Nottinghamshire for some years.
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George Parr

George Parr

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1963

George Parr

George Parr

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Oct 1863

The England cricket team assembled at Lord's in London before leaving for the 1863 tour of Australia. Julius Caesar, Alfred Clarke, George Tarrant, George Parr, E M Grace, Robert Carpenter, George Anderson, William Caffyn; (bottom row) Robert C Tinley, Thomas Lockyer, Thomas Hayward, John Jackson, October 1, 1863

The England cricket team assembled at Lord's in London before leaving for the 1863 tour of Australia

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