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Robert Balfour      

Full name Robert Drummond Balfour

Born March 1, 1844, Putney, Surrey

Died May 7, 1915, Sherrards, Welwyn, Hertfordshire (aged 71 years 67 days)

Major teams Cambridge University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Westminster; Cambridge University

Relation Brother - E Balfour, Brother - A Balfour

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 32 59 4 685 82 12.45 0 22 11
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 32 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1863 - 1873

MR. ROBERT DRUMMOND BALFOUR, who was born at Putney on March 1, 1844, died at Welwyn on May 7. After playing in the Westminster XI, he obtained his blue at Cambridge, appearing four times ( 1863-66) against Oxford at Lord's. Scores and Biographies said of him: Is a safe and steady batsman, possessing an excellent style, and has distinguished himself in various matches. He was also a very good wicket-keeper, and in the University's match with Surrey at the Oval in 1866 caught three and stumped two in an innings. In his eight innings against Oxford he scored 101 runs, and was always on the losing side. In 1866, his last season in the Eleven, he appeared for the Gentlemen at Lord's, making 23 and 4, and bringing off two catches in the second innings of the Players, who (owing chiefly to a very lucky innings of 122 not out by the late Tom Hearne) won by 38 runs. In important cricket his highest score was 82 for the M.C.C. against the University at Lord's in 1867, but a year earlier he had made 67 on the same ground off the bowling of Wooton and Grundy, and in 1863 had played an innings of 60 against Buttress and Tarrant at Cambridge. Mr. Balfour, who played for I. Zingari and had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1868, was a younger brother of Mr. E. Balfour of the Oxford Eleven of 1852 and two following years. He was one of the men who helped to bring about the rule which prevented a cricketer from representing his University more than four times in the great match at Lord's.
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Country Fixtures Country Results
Cambs MCCU v Notts at Cambridge - Mar 28-30
Notts 339 & 46/2 (19 ov) Cambs MCCU 123
Glamorgan v Cardiff MCCU at Cardiff - Mar 28-30
Glamorgan 342/7 (89.2 ov)
Gloucs v Durham MCCU at Bristol - Mar 28-30
Gloucs 405/7d Durham MCCU 78/2 (17 ov)
Kent v Lds-Brd MCCU at Canterbury - Mar 28-30
Kent 370/6d & 47/1 (12 ov) Lds-Brd MCCU 204
Leics v Lbroug MCCU at Leicester - Mar 28-30
Leics 194 Lbroug MCCU 175/4 (64 ov)
Oxford MCCU v Surrey at Oxford - Mar 28-30
Surrey 335/7d & 29/0 (8 ov) Oxford MCCU 172
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