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Arthur Heath      

Full name Arthur Howard Heath

Born May 29, 1856, Titterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Died April 24, 1930, Marylebone, London (aged 73 years 330 days)

Major teams Gloucestershire, Middlesex, Oxford University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast (roundarm)

Education Clifton College; Oxford University

Relation Father-in-law - HR Peel, Brother - J Heath, Brother - J Heath, Brother-in-law - WT Toynbee, Brother-in-law - JH Savory, Brother-in-law - GPR Toynbee

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 44 77 4 969 71 13.27 0 26 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 44 639 381 26 6/11 14.65 3.57 24.5 1 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1875 - 1894

Colonel Arthur Howard Heath was summed-up as a free-hitting bat, strong on the off-side, fielded well at long-leg or cover-point, bowled fast-round and lobs. In 1873 and two next years he was in the Clifton Eleven, making 120 not out v. Sherborne in 1874and a faultless 164 v. Cheltenham in 1875--in each case on his opponents' ground. He also played for Gloucestershire in 1875. Going up to Oxford, he played in the XI. in 1876-7-8-9, but hardly did himself justice against Cambridge, though in 1878 he took two wickets for four runs with five deliveries and in 1879 played an innings of 45. Among his notable scores for Oxford were: 1876, 71 against Middlesex and 50 against M.C.C.; 1879, 61 against Middlesex. He played for Middlesex in 1878 against Yorkshire at Sheffield, and against Notts at Trent Bridge. Colonel Heath had a long active and official association with the Staffordshire Cricket Club. He played for the county from 1879 to 1898 and was captain from 1884 to 1893, hon. secretary from 1886 to 1888, and for many years hon. treasurer. He was chiefly a bat and a safe field but could bowl on occasion. His highest scores for the county were 217 v. Lincolnshire at Stoke in 1889--made in four hours--and 155 not out v. Cheshire in 1882. Whilst bowling for M.C.C. in Surrey's second innings at Lord's in 1876, he sent down a curious over. The first ball was a wide, the second jumped over long-stop's head and five byes resulted, the third knocked Elliott's middle stump out of the ground, the fourth nearly bowled R. Humphrey, the fifth was a wide for which two were run, and the sixth was played. Col. Heath was also well known as a Rugby footballer in the seventies. He was in the Oxford University XV. v. Cambridge in 1875, 1877, 1879, and 1880, and appeared for England against Scotland in 1876, the last occasion on which twenty-a-side was played in International games. He represented Hanley and, later, Leek in Parliament in the Conservative interest.
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Country Fixtures Country Results
Gloucs v Durham at Bristol - Apr 21-24
Gloucs 303 Durham 343/5 (107.1 ov)
Hampshire v Yorkshire at Southampton - Apr 21-24
Hampshire 455 Yorkshire 191/8 (63.2 ov)
Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury - Apr 21-24
Kent 259 & 246/8 (57.2 ov) Derbyshire 159
Lancashire v Somerset at Manchester - Apr 21-24
Lancashire 109 & 211/2 (72.2 ov) Somerset 278
Leics v Glamorgan at Leicester - Apr 21-24
Leics 420 Glamorgan 358/5 (91 ov)
Middlesex v Essex at Lord's - Apr 21-24
Middlesex 507/7d Essex 158/5 (56.2 ov)
Warwickshire v Surrey at Birmingham - Apr 21-24
Warwickshire 332 Surrey 367/5 (101 ov)
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