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Full name Benjamin Aislabie
Born January 14, 1774, Newington Green, London
Died June 2, 1842, Regent's Park, London (aged 68 years 139 days)
Major teams Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
|First-class debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v Middlesex XI at Lord's (Old), May 30-31, 1808 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Marylebone Cricket Club v Cambridge University at Lord's, Jul 1-2, 1841 scorecard|
Benjamin Aislabie was quite possibly one of the worst first-class cricketers of all time, although in fairness to him, many of the records from his career when a younger man are unaccounted for. Even so, an average of 3.15 from 100 innings does not suggest he was not good. His lack of skill was further hampered by his girth, and towards the end of his career he was so fat that he had a permanent runner who also used to field for him. A wine merchant by trade, he was MCC president in 1823 and secretary from 1822 until his death in 1842. Under his tenure the club lurched from crisis to crisis, and while not dishonest, he was certainly a dreadful financial controller. He was also, among other posts, Custodian of the MCC Snuffbox.
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