ASHWORTH, MR. PERCY, who died in London on June 23, aged 69, was in the Harrow XI of 1887. He played rackets for Cambridge v. Oxford in both Singles and Doubles and was Amateur Champion in 1890.
ATTEWELL, THOMAS, younger brother of the famous William Attewell, died at Nottingham on July 6, aged 67. He played three times for his county in 1891, and was on the ground staff at Lord's from 1893 to 1925 when he received the customary gratuity of £500 in lieu of a benefit. From 1906 to 1907 he was a second-class county umpire.
BALFOUR-MELVILLE, MR. L. M., a remarkable all-round sportsman, died at North Berwick on July 16, aged 83. He was cricket captain at Edinburgh Academy when 15 and, playing for 22 of Edinburgh against George Parr's All-England eleven, he stayed in for an hour against J. C. Shaw and Tom Emmett, making 17, the top, score of the innings. When 18 he scored 150 at Raeburn Place in the first match between Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 1882 when W. L. Murdoch's Australian team were beaten by 45 runs in a one-day match, Balfour-Melville's share of Scotland's 167 for seven wickets was 73 against F. R. Spofforth, H. F. Boyle and G. E. Palmer. For Grange against M.C.C. at Lord's in 1894 he hit up 107 before lunch. Admirable in style he drove brilliantly, and maintained his form until 1913, when, nearly sixty, he scored 145 for Grange v. Peebles, 149 for I Zingari against Aldershot Command and 150 for I Zingari at Stirling. An excellent wicket-keeper or slip fieldsman, he was a sound captain. In fact, during some forty years he was the greatest cricketer in Scotland.
BARRIE, SIR JAMES MATTHEW, Bart., O.M., who died on June 19, constantly referred in his writings and speeches to cricket. He was in the Eleven of the Authors Club who met the Press Club at Lord's in September 1896. In the Press Club Eleven were H. Vincent Jones, Hubert Preston and S. J. Southerton, all associated for many years with the production of Wisden.
BAYLY, MR. STANLEY JAMES HENRY, died on June 16 in his seventieth year at East London, South Africa. He was one of Border's best batsmen for about twenty years from 1887, but could not give much time to important cricket.
BEADLE, LIEUT.-COMMANDER SYDNEY WILFORD, R.N. (Ret.), died suddenly at Reading Street, Kent, on July 24. He played for Kent against Sussex at Portsmouth in 1911 and next year for Navy against Army at Lord's.
BEALE, MR. E. C., who died on September 21, aged 73, was prominent in New Zealand cricket, especially around Aukland, as the organiser of tours, particularly for young players.
BELDAM, MR. GEORGE WILLIAM, who died on November 23, in his 69th year, first played for Middlesex in 1900 when 32 years of age. Experience in high-class club cricket enabled him to gain a place in a very powerful side and for eight seasons he did valuable work. In 1903 when Middlesex were Champions, Beldam closely followed P. F. Warner, their most consistent batsman, in aggregate and average. He maintained his form until 1907 when he dropped out of the side. Altogether for Middlesex he scored 4,796 runs, with an average of 30.16, and took seventy-six wickets at 27.14 runs apiece. His highest aggregate in first-class matches was 1,158 in 1901. He also played for London County with W. G. Grace.
G. W. Beldam was restricted in effective stroke-play, depending largely on the late cut for runs, but he watched the ball carefully with unruffled patience, bowlers experiencing much difficulty in getting a ball through his defence. He bowled right hand rather slow with carefully applied swerve and though never earning real fame with the ball often broke up a partnership. He appeared several times for the Gentlemen.
In the Oval match in 1903, Beldam, with innings of 80 and 54, took a large part in beating the Players by 54 runs, G. H. Simpson-Hayward finished the match by taking the last four wickets for five runs with his underhand bowling. Opening the innings with P. F. Warner at Lord's in 1905 he made 22 out of 53 and, going in later in the second innings, scored 23 not out during a collapse, the Players winning by 149 runs. At the Oval the same year, when highest scorer for the Gentlemen with 51 and 43, Beldam again was on the losing side.
He had a liking for Surrey bowlers. In 1902 he hit 155 not out off them at Lord's and the following year made 89 and 118 at Lord's. Middlesex, in their final match at the Oval, required to escape defeat to be certain of the Championship; they won by an innings and 94 runs. Beldam played a big part in the victory, staying four hours and forty minutes and scoring 112 after the opening pair had fallen for 4 runs. J. T. Hearne and Albert Trott, the only professionals in the eleven, dismissed Surrey for 57, and C. M. Wells finished the match by taking five wickets for 26 with his slows.
A pioneer in action photography, George Beldam produced, in conjunction with C. B. Fry, who wrote the descriptions, a remarkable book, Great Batsmen, Their Methods at a Glance. He wrote also on golf and tennis.
BOTTOM, DANIEL, who died on February 16, aged 73, played for Derbyshire, the county of his birth, against Nottinghamshire in 1891. Eight years later, when qualified by residence, he appeared in three matches for Nottinghamshire. His slow bowling showed promise, when he was unchanged with Wass in Derbyshire's first innings, but he failed in the last stage of the match and did so little against Middlesex at Lord's and Kent at Trent Bridge that he was not persevered with.
BREARLEY, MR. WALTER, died after an operation in Middlesex Hospital on January 30. During ten years from 1902 when he first played for Lancashire, he stood out as a conspicuous figure on the cricket field and until last season he kept up his enthusiastic love for the game, often going to the nets at Lord's for hearty practice and every April taking a prominent part in the instruction of young public schoolboys at headquarters. A fast right hand bowler of the highest class, Walter Brearley took a short run up to the crease, with a rolling gait and body swing for imparting pace. He delivered the ball in a manner not unlike that of Arthur Mold, his predecessor in the Lancashire eleven.
Born on March 11, 1876, he was highly successful with the Bolton and Manchester clubs before appearing in county cricket when 26 years of age. Altogether for Lancashire he took 690 wickets at a cost of 18 runs apiece, and in first-class cricket his record was 844 at 19.31. He met with special success in the great local struggles with Yorkshire and in the fourteen matches played between these counties from 1903 to 1911 he dismissed 125 batsmen at 16 runs each.
During his most effective year in 1908, 163 wickets fell to him, but he was never in better form than in 1905 when he played for England against Australia at Old Trafford and the Oval. He found special pleasure in making extra efforts to dismiss some batsmen, and, that season, when playing for England, the Gentlemen and Lancashire, he disposed of Victor Trumper no fewer than six times. Walter Brearley also played for England against Australia at Leeds in 1909 and once against South Africa during the Triangular Tournament in 1912.
At Lord's in 1905 for Gentlemen against Players on a slow pitch that seemed unsuited to him, he prevailed to such an extent by the exercise of sheer energy that in the first innings he took seven wickets for 104 runs, and followed this by bowling 24 overs for 51 runs and two wickets. Another notable achievement that year was his seventeen wickets for 137 runs against Somerset at Old Trafford--nine for 47 and eight for 90. He finished the first innings by bowling Cranfield and Bucknall with successive deliveries and when Somerset faced arrears of 77 his first two balls accounted for H. Martyn and Hardy--so in this match he was credited with four wickets in four balls. As on other occasions Brearley, by his great pace combined with excellent length, demoralised the batsmen.
Of many characteristics which delighted spectators, nothing attracted more attention or aroused more amusement than his hurried walk to the wicket when, as customary, he went in last to bat. Sometimes if, as at the Oval, he was not sure of the position of the gate on the field, he would vault the pavilion rails. It was said at Old Trafford that when Walter Brearley hurried to the wicket the horse walked between the shafts ready to drag the heavy roller for use at the end of the innings.
BUCKENHAM, CLAUDE PERCIVAL, died on February 23 after a short illness at his home in Dundee, aged 61. Born in Surrey on January 16, 1876, he went to Alleyn School, Dulwich, but became associated with cricket at Leyton and played first for Essex from 1899. Tall and rather sparely built, Buckenham bowled very fast with a good high delivery and might have made a greater name but for his constant misfortune in seeing slip catches missed. Because of weak support in the field Buckenham often proved expensive and, in 1905 his ninety wickets cost over 32 runs apiece. Then for six seasons he ranked as one of the deadliest pace bowlers in England. Most successful in 1911 when securing 134 wickets, he was perhaps at his best in 1910 when he dismissed 118 batsmen at an average cost of 17.66. From 1905 to 1911 he took 828 wickets at less than 23 runs each, and in the course of his county career, which closed in 1914, his record was 1,152, average 25.30.
Three times he appeared in the Gentlemen and Players' match at Lord's. In 1909, when on the ground staff, he was in the M.C.C. eleven which beat Noble's Australian team by three wickets and in a second engagement between these teams he took six wickets for 98 in an innings of 434. One of his most memorable performances was taking eleven wickets for 161 runs for South against North at the Oval in 1908 in the match played for the benefit of E. G. Hayes, the noted Surrey batsman. In the second innings he made the ball break back in such disconcerting fashion that six men, five bowled, fell to him for 68 runs.
Buckenham went to South Africa with Mr. H. D. G. Leveson Gower's team in the winter of 1909 and in four of the five Tests took twenty-one wickets for 28 runs apiece. A hard-hitting batsman Buckenham often played a useful innings when runs were wanted. He was professional to Forfarshire at the beginning of the War and after serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery he became coach at Repton.
BUNYAN, MICHAEL JOSEPH( JOE), who died on October 25, aged 57, had a varied cricket career chiefly as coach and professional to many clubs. When with North of Ireland club at Belfast, among his pupils were F. E. Covington ( Middlesex) and T. McMurray ( Surrey). Recommended to King's College School, Wimbledon by J. B. Hobbs as a particularly good coach for boys, Bunyan served in this final appointment for ten years. Under his care were D. E. Young and P. J. Dickinson who captained the Young Amateurs of Surrey in successive years and played in the Public Schools eleven at Lord's. Bunyan was in the same Oval trial match as Hobbs in 1902. He always insisted that fielding was the paramount branch of cricket.
BURN, MR. ALLEYN, died at Sunderland on January 14, aged 67. He played cricket for Durham from 1890 to 1906 and was a forward in the Durham Rugby fifteen.
CARKEEK, MR. W., died in Melbourne on February 21. Born on October 17, 1878, he was in his 59th year. When he came to England as deputy wicket-keeper to H. Carter in 1909, he did not take part in a Test match but full responsibility for this arduous task came to him in 1912 when England won the Triangular Tournament. Rather short and sturdily built, Carkeek was sound rather than brilliant. Certainly he did not approach the standard set by Blackham or Kelly; and Carter built up a much higher reputation. A moderate batsman, Carkeek averaged only 9 for 29 innings during the 1912 tour and his highest score in six Test matches was 6 not out. He first played for Victoria in 1904 and in representative cricket for the State he averaged 13.28, for an aggregate of 1,063, with a highest innings of 68.
CARLYON, MR. HAROLD BAIRD, died at Falmouth on July 22, aged 87. He was in the Marlborough XI in 1868 and 1869, and played in the first University Rugby match in 1871 for Oxford.
CHALLEN, MR. JOHN BONAMY died at Eastbourne on June 5, aged 74. In the Marlborough eleven of 1879, he played for Somerset from 1880 to 1909 but could not give much time to county cricket. He did best in 1893 when he made 108 against Sussex at Taunton in two hours by the free methods which he usually adopted; but in one of Somerset's sensational home matches which ended in the defeat of Surrey by 130 runs almost on the stroke of time he batted three hours and a quarter for 89. That was in 1891 when Somerset, quite on their merits, had reached first-class status by a diplomatic arrangement of fixtures. A clever Association forward Challen played several times for Wales and for Corinthians when the amateurs were at their best.
CHAYTOR, CAPTAIN JOSHUA DAVID GERALD, The 14th/20th Hussars, died at Meerut, India, on March 4, as the result of a Polo accident. A good all-round cricketer, he was in the Wellington eleven for four years (1918-21), being awarded the bowling prize in 1920, and heading the batting averages in 1921 when he played a fine innings of 151 against Westminster. At Cambridge he took part in the Freshmen's match in 1922 and the Seniors' matches in the two following years before entering the Army. A fast medium bowler, forcing bat and brilliant field, he was a member of M.C.C. and Free Foresters.
COOCH BEHAR, PRINCE VICTOR OF, died on October 30, aged 53. Educated at Eton, he captained the State team of Cooch Behar in 1910-11. He was well known at Lord's and for many years acted as intermediary for the cricket authorities in India especially regarding touring sides. He was keenly interested in Indian Gymkhana and arranged for several men to go out as coaches.
DENNETT, GEORGE, the Gloucestershire slow left-arm bowler, died at Cheltenham on September 14, aged 57. After an engagement with the Grange club, Edinburgh, he played regularly for the county from 1903 until 1925 and subsequently made occasional appearances.
G. L. Jessop discovered Dennett in Bristol club cricket, the scorer of a century and the taker of many wickets in one match. Tried at Lord's, Dennett began with a hard experience. Middlesex, who won the Championship that year, scored 502, P. F. Warner and L. J. Moon making 248 for the first wicket. Jessop in A Cricketer's Log wrote: Despite the rare pasting he received, Dennett lost neither his head nor his length; nor did he seem the slightest bit dismayed by our infernally bad fielding.
A consistently hard-working and earnest cricketer, Dennett had one particularly brilliant performance to his credit. In 1907 at Gloucester, Northamptonshire were put out for 12 runs--the lowest total in first-class cricket--and Dennett took eight wickets for 9 runs, including the hat-trick. His record in the match was fifteen wickets for 21 runs, a feat which he accomplished in the course of one day.
Dennett's bowling was an outstanding feature of Gloucestershire's cricket that season when, with practically everything depending upon him, he rarely failed his side; dismissing 184 batsmen for less than 16 runs each in County Championship matches he was the only cricketer to take 200 wickets in first-class matches. Dennett, like Parker, another slow left-hander, had the distinction of taking all ten wickets in an innings--against Essex at Bristol in 1906--a feat no other Gloucestershire player had achieved until Goddard, last season, dismissed the whole Worcestershire side at Cheltenham for 113 runs.
In an extraordinary day's cricket at Dover in 1912, when thirty wickets fell for 268 runs, Dennett in 20 balls dismissed the last six Kent batsmen without conceding a run.
Dennett served throughout the South African war with the Somerset Light Infantry, played cricket for The Army at Pretoria and kept goal for The Amy at Cape Town. In the Great War he rejoined the Colours, gained a commission and retired with the rank of Captain.
He was an all-round games man, having, in addition to cricket and football, distinguished himself at fives, billiards and shooting. On retiring from county cricket Dennett succeeded W. A. Woof, the former Gloucestershire slow left-hand bowler who died earlier in the year and whose biography also appears in this issue, as coach at Cheltenham College.
DRUMMOND, MR. VICTOR ALEXANDER, who died on April 29, aged 48, went to Harrow without getting into the eleven. He played in some first-class matches for M.C.C. and also for Buckinghamshire.
DUNNING, MR. E., a well-known Auckland cricketer, was drowned on February 21, when a dinghy capsized as he was returning from a farewell party to J. Cowie, the New Zealand fast bowler who soon was to start on the tour to England.
ELIGON, MR. DONALD, died at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on June 4, aged 28. After playing for Shannon Cricket Club he joined the Trinidad inter-colonial team in 1934 and quickly became one of the outstanding bowlers in West Indies. Last season he took seven wickets for 63 runs in the second innings against British Guiana, and five for 39 against Grenada. His death was due to blood poisoning caused by a nail in his cricket boot.
EVERSHED, SIR SYDNEY HERBERT, Kt., of high renown in Derbyshire cricket, died on March 7 at Burton-on-Trent, aged 76. A good, free batsman at Clifton College, S. H. Evershed played in the Derbyshire eleven when 19 years of age, became captain in 1889, helped the county to rise to first-class rank in 1895 and altogether led the side for ten years. Afterwards chairman of committee and President in 1908, he always kept up close interest in the county's doings.
Of middle height and very strongly built, S. H. Evershed crouched as he awaited the ball, which he met with all his weight behind powerful arms. He excelled in off-side hitting, but often pulled his drive and generally got himself out in the endeavour to score quickly. His last match for Derbyshire was his one appearance of the season in 1901, against Hampshire at Southampton, and he hit up 123 out of 170 for the first wicket.
His best year was in 1898, when he scored 729 runs, with an average of 33. That was the season when, at Chesterfield, J. T. Brown and John Tunnicliffe made 554 for Yorkshire's first wicket, a record which stood until Holmes and Sutcliffe went one run better against Essex at Leyton in 1932. Born on January 13, 1861, Sir Sydney was one of four brothers who played for Derbyshire.
Elected captain of the Burton club in 1880 he held the position until his death. In 1913, at the age of 52, he headed the batting averages with 59.
A very good Rugby Football half-back, he captained the Burton club and Midland Counties and twice played for North against South--1883 and 1884--besides being chosen as reserve half-back for England.
GAMLIN, H. T., most famous as a Rugby full back, who died at Cheam, Surrey, on July 12, aged 59, played a few times for Somerset as a professional. In 1895 A. C. MacLaren, after making 424, the highest score by an Englishman in first-class cricket, was caught off Gamlin, who, in Lancashire's innings of 801--then the highest total in county cricket and made in only eight hours--bowled 26 overs for 100 runs and two wickets.
GILL, G. C., a fast bowler and hard-hitting batsman, died at Leicester on August 21, aged 61. He played for Somerset from 1897 to 1902, for Leicestershire from 1903 to 1906, under birth qualification, and also for London County. In his last season with the western county he scored 804 runs, average 19.60, and took seventy-nine wickets at 18.60 each in all matches. Next year, when with Leicestershire, he averaged 21.36 for 641 runs and dismissed fifty-two batsmen at 23.78 apiece in all matches; he made 100 against Sussex at Leicester and a fortnight later took nine Surrey wickets, both matches having very close finishes.
GREW, MR. FRANK, died in September. A good opening batsman for St. Albans C.C. ( Canada), for some years up to 1907, he took part in one match for Canada against United States at Philadelphia.
HARRINGTON, DR. ANDREW J., who died on August 5, in his 76th year, played for St. Alban's Cricket Club, Toronto, for ten years, being captain in 1900 and 1904. He was President of the Club from 1906 to 1908. A very good batsman, he also excelled at Lacrosse.
HEDLEY, COLONEL SIR WALTER COOTE, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., who died on December 27, was a free batsman with good style, a fast right-handed bowler and smart fieldsman. He went to Marlborough and played for Kent in 1888, but when he took fourteen Middlesex wickets for 109 runs at Lord's doubts were expressed about his delivery. Naturally with Lord Harris striving to stamp out unfair bowling, Hedley did not get a regular place in the Kent eleven, but from 1890 he met with conspicuous success for Somerset. In 1895 at Leeds he took eight wickets for 18 runs in Yorkshire's first innings and six for 52 in the second. He was in the Gentlemen's eleven against Players at Lord's in 1890 and at the Oval in 1892. When the county captains held a special meeting in 1900 to discuss the growing evil of unfair bowling, Hedley came under their notice.
A splendid soldier, Major Hedley was then serving in the South African War and he played little more first-class cricket though occasionally appearing for Devon and Hampshire. As batsman he showed to most advantage in scoring 102 for Somerset against Yorkshire at Taunton in 1892 after L. C. H. Palairet and H. T. Hewett had made the then record first wicket stand for 346. His only other century was 101 against Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1898.
HENLEY, MR. HERBERT JAMES, for many years a sporting journalist in Fleet Street, died at his home at Streatham Hill on December 22 from heart failure, aged 55. Formerly on the staff of the Sporting Life and the Daily Mail, he was a contributor to the Daily Sketch and as Watchman in The Observer he showed his extensive knowledge of first-class cricket in delightfully-written, powerful articles which always upheld the highest traditions of the game with a sense of authority. Closely connected as a writer with Rugby football, he was also a dramatic critic. During the War he served with the East Surrey Regiment and was severely wounded.
HEYGATE, MR. HAROLD JOHN, who died at Guildford on June 27, aged 53, was in the Epsom College eleven and played occasionally for Sussex in 1903 and 1905. A sound stylish batsman he opened at Tonbridge against Kent in 1905 by scoring 80 and in the second innings made 68 not out.
HILARY, MR. ROBERT JEPHSON, died on March 15 of pneumonia, an illness due, probably, to the effect of a bullet through his lung during the war. He played in the Tonbridge School eleven three years, 1910-12, doing well both with bat and ball. Going up to St. John's College, Cambridge, he played in the Freshmen's match of 1913 but did not have a chance in the eleven. He became an assistant master at Westminster School in 1923, and was housemaster of Busby's at the time of his death--aged 44.
HOBSON, MR. JOSEPH IRVINE, who died on August 22, at Montreal, aged 65, was at one time a leading cricketer and footballer in Canada. From 1910 to 1912 he played for Hamilton Cricket Club in the Western Ontario League.
HOBSON, MR. THOMAS E. C., died on September 2, aged 56, at Hopetown, South Africa. He played for Western Province in the Currie Cup Tournament of 1906-7. A well-known Rugby football player, he appeared for South Africa against the British touring team of 1903.
HORNER, MR. MAURES, who died on January 17, aged 87, was in the Eton XI of 1867.
ILLINGWORTH, MR. CHARLES, died in Vancouver on May 2, aged 58. A Yorkshireman, he spent most of his life in Canada and for many years was a player and secretary of the Vancouver club. He played a big part in the advancement of cricket in Canada. His highest score was 101 not out against New Westminster.
LACY, MR. HOWARD, Manager of the Australian Imperial Forces team which carried out a long programme of first-class matches in England during the season of 1919, died on March 9. The headquarters of the team were at Mitcham, and some of their games of minor importance took place on The Green, so famous in cricket history. Among members of the side who rose to Test match rank were H. L. Collins, J. M. Gregory, J. M. Taylor, C. E. Pellew, W. A. Oldfield and C. E. Kelleway. Others who played for their States in Sheffield Shield matches were C. B. Willis, A. W. Lampard, J. T. Murray, E. A. Bull, E. J. Long and W. S. Stirling.
LAURIE, MR. AUGUSTINE GAVILLER, died on September 13, aged 52. He was a fine all-rounder in West Indies and American cricket and in 1912 headed the New York and New Jersey bowling averages. He afterwards went to South America where he was presented with a silver mounted ball for scoring 300 not out in an afternoon game. Standing 6 ft. 5½ ins., he was a powerful hitter and a good fast bowler.
LEESE, SIR WILLIAM HARGREAVES, Bart., who died on January 17, aged 68, played in the Winchester eleven, 1886 and 1887.
LUCKIN, MR. MAURICE WILLIAM, died at Johannesburg on March 8, aged 61. Born in Essex, he went to South Africa in 1895 and in 1910-11 played for Transvaal in the Currie Cup tournament. He was best known for compiling The History of South African Cricket (which covered the period 1876 to 1914) and South African Cricket, 1919-27. From 1914 to 1918 he was secretary of the South African Cricket Association.
MCDONALD, EDGAR ARTHUR, famous with Australia and Lancashire, was killed on the road near Bolton after being concerned in a motor car collision early in the morning of July 22.
Born in Tasmania on January 6, 1892, McDonald went to Melbourne in his youth and became a good fast bowler in Pennant matches. He played once for Victoria against the M.C.C. team captained by P. F. Warner in February 1912 but not until 1919 did he become prominent by taking eight wickets, six bowled, for 42 runs at Sydney under conditions favourable to batsmen, in the first innings of New South Wales.
McDonald did Australia splendid service in Test Matches. He played in three against the M.C.C. team that went to Australia in the winter of 1920 with J. W. H. T. Douglas as captain. Mailey, Gregory and Kelleway were the bowlers mainly responsible for the five defeats then inflicted on England. McDonald's six wickets cost 65 runs apiece, but he was picked for the ensuing visit to England and in the Tests he took twenty-seven wickets for 24 runs apiece.
In the Test at Nottingham McDonald took eight wickets for 74 and at Lord's and Leeds he was mainly responsible for the fall of England's first three wickets so cheaply that defeat became inevitable. The Australians thus won the rubber and so beat England eight times in consecutive engagements.
At the end of the tour McDonald decided to accept an engagement as professional with the Nelson club and in due course became qualified for Lancashire. Naturally enough, a bowler capable of such devastating work against the flower of England's batting accomplished remarkable things in county cricket and from 1924, when he was available only in mid-week matches, until 1931, when his ability suddenly declined, he took 1,040 wickets for Lancashire. In his best season, 1925, he dismissed in all matches 205 batsmen at an average cost of 18.67. During this period Lancashire won the County Championship four times. One of his best performances was at Dover in 1926 when Kent, wanting 426 to win, got within 65 of victory for the loss of five wickets. McDonald then performed the hat-trick and Lancashire triumphed by 33 runs. In the match he took twelve wickets for 187 runs.
Of good height and loosely built, McDonald ran with easy grace to the crease and his rhythmical action with accurate length and off-break surprised every batsman when first facing him and often afterwards. In these particulars he was very different from Gregory with a longer, faster run and leaping delivery; but in Australian cricket the names of these two fast bowlers must be coupled as the terrific force which humiliated England in the first years of Test cricket after the War. Ordinarily of small account as a batsman, McDonald hit up a not out century in a hundred minutes against Middlesex at Old Trafford in 1926. His benefit match with Middlesex at Old Trafford in 1929 brought him nearly £2,000.
After giving up County cricket, McDonald returned to the Lancashire League with the Bacup club as successor to Arthur Richardson, another Australian. McDonald played for Victoria at both Rugby and Association football.
MILLES-LADE, THE HON. H. A., died at Faversham, on July 30, in his 70th year. He went to Eton and Cambridge but did not get into either eleven; played twice for Kent and toured America with Lord Hawke's team in 1891.
MITCHELL, MR. CLEMENT, who died at Hove in October, aged 75, played occasionally for Kent, first appearing in 1890. A left-handed batsman, he scored many runs when at Felsted School, but did little in county cricket. He scored 246 for Calcutta against Ballygunge in 1887 and for Crystal Palace in 1892 he made 210 not out at Chiswick Park. He played centre-forward for England in several Association matches from 1881 to 1885 when his club, Upton Park, had one of the strongest sides in the South.
MONNINGTON, CANON THOMAS PATTESHALL, died at Penrith on March 19, aged 90. He was in the Marlborough XI 1863-66, and scored 274 not out in a House match.
MURRAY, DR. ALEXANDER, who died at St. Louis (America) on January 18, was President of the Missouri Cricket Association for fifty-two years. Born at Glasgow in 1852, he was educated at Edinburgh University and went to St. Louis in 1885. He organised cricket tours to Canada and Northern Eastern Cities.
MURRAY, MR. JOHN, C.M.G., died in Berlin on April 15, aged 53. He was in the Eton XI 1901 and 1902. British Minister in Mexico.
NOBLE, SIR JOHN HENRY BRUNEL, who died on January 8, aged 72, was a good cricketer at Eton without getting into the eleven. A member of M.C.C., he frequently watched the matches at Lord's. He played Rackets for Eton and Oxford, beating Ernest Crawley in 1887.
OLLIVIERRE, MR. RICHARD CORDICE, died in New York on June 5, aged 57. A good all-round cricketer for St. Vincent he was a member of the second West Indies team which visited England in 1906. In first-class matches he scored 480 runs, average 20, and took fifty-eight wickets, average 21.56. The best performance of the side was at Harrogate where West Indies dismissed a mixed Yorkshire eleven for 50 runs on a fast pitch, and, after a declaration with six wickets down, won the match by 262 runs. In Yorkshires's first innings Ollivierre took seven wickets for 23 and in the match his record was eleven for 125. Ollivierre bowled very fast right-hand and when accurate in length, as on this occasion, he fully tested the defence of the best batsmen. His father and three brothers were all good cricketers. Charles, who came to England in 1900 and afterwards played for Derbyshire, ranked among the finest batsmen of his time.
PREECE, MR. HENRY CHARLES, who died on September 17, aged 69, played for Cheshire in 1893 and in 1895 for Essex. He lost his sight when in the India Office and became lecturer in History at King's College, London, afterwards working assiduously on behalf of the blind.
PODMORE, MR. AUSTIN, who contributed the Public Schools article to Wisden from 1929 and was engaged on the work for the present issue when overtaken by illness, died in St. Bartholomew's Hospital on October 17, aged 76. Educated at Haileybury he was a better exponent of Rugby football than of cricket and played in the Westminster Bank fifteen before taking up journalism. Identified with the Sports Reporting and Public Schools agency, he was particularly interested in the Schools Week at Lord's and assisted with valuable advice in the choice of teams for Public Schools matches at headquarters. At the annual meeting of the County Secretaries shortly after his death, the Secretary of M.C.C. paid tribute to Mr. Podmore's services to Schools cricket.
PROTHERO, ROWLAND EDMUND, LORD ERNLE, P.C., M.V.O., who died at Wantage on July 1, aged 85, was in the Marlborough eleven 1870 and 1871.
PULLEN, MR. WILLIAM WADE FITZHERBERT, died at Southampton on August 9, aged 71. First playing for Gloucestershire in 1882 when 16 years of age he scored 71 at Cheltenham against Yorkshire. He made his highest county score, 161, two years later on the same ground when Middlesex were the visitors. His perfect innings, notable for admirable style and free, safe hitting, was the best score for Gloucestershire that season. Although continuing to show good form until 1891 Pullen never fulfilled his early promise. In 1881 he played for Somerset against Hampshire, neither county then being first-class, and, when a Professor of Engineering at Cardiff College. he assisted Glamorgan in 1895. In a match at Alveston in 1888 Pullen, 184, and Dr. E. M. Grace (160) made 311 for Thornbury's first wicket.
RASHLEIGH, CANON WILLIAM, died at Balcombe, Sussex, on February 13, when nearly seventy years of age. He played in the Tonbridge School eleven from 1882 to 1885. In 1884 he averaged 64, thanks mainly to innings of 160 against Lancing and 203 against Dulwich. Next year, when captain, he averaged 63. Going up to Oxford he distinguished himself as a Freshman by getting his Blue and joining with K. J. Key in a stand for 243 which remains a first wicket record for the University match. This happened in the second innings of Oxford who were all out for 304, no one else reaching double figures and nine wickets going down for 61--a curious coincidence in figures, as in the Cambridge first innings the last six wickets fell for 61 runs. So this splendid stand came between two collapses and it caused the greater enthusiasm at Lord's because both batsmen distinguished themselves in feats at that time unparalleled. Key's 143 was then the highest score hit in a University match and Rashleigh's 107, which ended with the total 257, was the first hundred by a Freshman for either University in the great match. Also it was the first time that two batsmen reached the hundred in one innings of a University match. The stand lasted no more than two hours fifty minutes and both batsmen were out when forcing the game. Oxford won by 133 runs, a success they followed with victory by seven wickets but when Rashleigh captained the eleven in 1888 the result was a draw, owing to bad weather, and the same thing occurred when Rashleigh played his fourth match under H. Philipson.
Born at Farningham on March 7, 1867, Rashleigh naturally was called upon for Kent, and from 1885 to 1901 he proved of great service to his county. Taking part in ninety-eight matches he scored 4,041 with an average of 24. Altogether in first-class cricket he played nine three-figure innings--two for Oxford, seven for Kent--the highest being for Kent against Middlesex at Tonbridge in 1896, when he scored 163 out of 201 in two hours and a half.
Because of his freedom Rashleigh seldom began well but otherwise he possessed all the essentials of a great batsman. Absolutely orthodox in style he scored readily by perfect timing of the off-side forward stroke made with such grace and ease at the full stretch of his reach that the pace at which the ball sped along the turf to the boundary astounded the fieldsmen. He hit the half-volley with tremendous power, and invariably with a straight bat. His cut was delightful, and he used his supple wrists in strong back play while on slow wickets he could pull and hit to leg besides jump in and drive. In fact, Rashleigh, as nearly as any one has done, deserved the description of the perfect batsman, because of admirable style and free use of all the strokes.
A capable Rugby footballer he played full back against Cambridge in 1887 and 1888, Oxford losing both matches. Of medium height he was sturdily built. After occupying posts at Uppingham and Tonbridge as assistant master, he took Holy Orders in 1892. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral from 1903 to 1912, rector of St. George's, Canterbury, from 1912 to 1916, and subsequently vicar of Horton Kirby, Kent, and Ridgmont, Bedfordshire.
RELF, ALBERT EDWARD, one of the best all-round cricketers of his time and extremely popular man, shot himself on March 26. The cause for such a sad act was attributed to poor health and depression due to the serious illness of his wife; he died a wealthy man.
After making a name with Norfolk, Albert Relf played first for Sussex, the county of his birth, in 1900, when in his 26th year, and he was one of the mainstays of his side twenty-one years later, when, at Horsham, he scored 153 against Leicestershire. After the War, owing to his coaching duties at Wellington, where he succeeded his father, he could not play regularly until the School holidays. In 1921 he came out second in the batting and first in the bowling averages; he took his benefit match and finished his county career.
In first-class matches for Sussex, Relf scored 18,089 runs with an average of 27.32 and took 1,584 wickets at 21.10 runs apiece. He was nearly forty when he was included in Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year, his figures for 1913 season, in which he earned the distinction, being 1,846 runs, average 32, and 141 wickets at 18 runs apiece.
In his first season for Sussex, Relf shone chiefly as a batsman, but his bowling gradually improved and in 1903 he headed the county averages. His work created such an impression that he was picked for the first team which toured Australia under the auspices of the M.C.C. The very powerful side captained by P. F. Warner won the rubber and Relf in the first Test helped R. E. Foster in a ninth wicket stand of 115.
On his return to England, Relf displayed his true form and from that time never looked back. He was very unfortunate in not being chosen more than once to play against Australia in England. On this occasion, at Lord's in 1909, he took five wickets for 85 runs in an innings of 350. In the ordinary course of events he would have been picked for England in the three subsequent matches, but S. F. Barnes stepped into the team at Leeds and another right-handed bowler of medium pace was not required. Relf went to South Africa in the winters of 1905 and 1913 and also appeared in Gentlemen and Players matches.
Few bowlers were so difficult to play on a wicket the least bit crumbled. Taking a short run with an easy, natural delivery, Relf possessed perfect command of length and could keep an end going all day without fatigue. He spun the ball very quickly off the pitch. Relf always looked first-rate as a bowler, but his style of batting gave rather a false idea of his powers. No one seeing him for the first time would think him capable of scoring hundreds in high class company for in defence he let the ball hit the bat in a way not impressive to the eye. Yet season after season he made as many runs as men who looked greatly his superior. Relf was a brilliant fieldsman in the slips, and so a great all-round cricketer.
ROE, MR. WILLIAM NICHOLS, died in a London nursing home after an operation on October 11. A very well-known figure in the world of cricket from the time that he played with great success for the Clergy Orphan School, Canterbury, until last summer, when at the age of 76 he regularly attended Lord's and the Oval, W. N. Roe maintained his close connexion with the game unbroken.
For his school in 1878 he scored 1,095 runs, including four 100's, with an average of 57. Next year he took all ten Chartham Asylum wickets for 16 runs, and in three seasons for the school 292 wickets fell to him at 8 runs each. Going to Magdalene College, Cambridge, he received his Blue in 1883 from C. T. Studd, but, though on the winning side, he did not get a run and the Oxford wickets were shared by his captain and C. Aubrey Smith. He was famous already for the highest score then on record, having made 415 not out when, on invitation, he completed the Emmanuel Long Vacation Club Eleven in a game against Caius Long Vacation Club in 1881.W.N. Roe got these runs out of 708 for four wickets in five hours. This was in reply to a score of 100 and Caius gave up the match rather than continue on the third day. So close was his concentration on the game that he counted all his runs and on this occasion he challenged the scorer with having given him one less than his total!
He played for Somerset in 1879 before leaving school, and his first experience of county cricket was being bowled by W. G. Grace, as he said, neck and crop. He followed E. Sainsbury as captain of Somerset in 1889 and played intermittently for the county of his birth until 1899, his highest score being 132 against Hampshire at Bath in 1884. He also made hundreds against Devon, Middlesex, Sussex, and Surrey, all at Taunton.
Always ready to talk cricket, W. N. Roe told how when playing for Cambridge at Old Trafford it was so cold that the fieldsmen could not hold catches. Nash, the Lancashire professional, was missed off every ball of an over from R. C. Ramsay. C. T. Studd bowled the next ball, and a catch came to me at mid-off, the crowd began to boo, and I felt certain I should not make the catch, but by great good fortune the ball stuck!
A stylish batsman with excellent defence, and a resolute hitter all round the wicket, he bowled medium pace and was a safe fieldsman, usually in the deep. W. N. Roe was a master at Elstree School from 1883 to 1900, and helped to make Elstree Masters famous in club cricket. These traditions were maintained when he went with the Rev. Vernon Royle to Stanmore Park School.
SCHULTZ, MR. SANDFORD SPENCE, who died on December 17, aged 80, was in the Uppingham eleven of 1873 and four years later was given his Cambridge Blue by W. S. Patterson. From 1877 to 1882 he appeared occasionally for Lancashire. He went to Australia in 1878-79 under Lord Harris for the tour which originated in an invitation from the Melbourne club to the Gentlemen of England. By arrangement, Tom Emmett and George Ulyett, the two Yorkshire fast bowlers, were included because suitable amateurs were not available, but the team lacked slow bowling. The one match played against Australia, represented by David Gregory's Eleven who were in England during the previous summer, was lost by ten wickets, F. R. Spofforth taking thirteen wickets for 110 runs. Schultz, scoring 20, helped to save the innings defeat.
A fast round-arm bowler, good bat and smart slip fieldsman, Schultz was very prominent in club cricket. He took nine wickets, one man being run out, in an innings for Orleans Club against Bexley in 1882 and for Uppingham Rovers against United Services at Portsmouth in 1887 he scored 286--a noteworthy performance fifty years ago. Mr. Schultz, who changed his name to Storey late in life, was concerned in one exceptional incident. Mr. Leveson Gower, in Recollections of Oxford Cricket in last year's Wisden, mentioned a match with Gentlemen of England in 1881 begun on the Christchurch ground, and, because of the bumpy state of the pitch, re-started a few hours later in The Parks. Mr. Edmund Peake, in a letter to The Times last July, explained: The fast bowler (I blush to say it) committed such havoc as would have made him famous in these days. The Gentlemen refused to continue and the match was begun all over again in The Parks. One batsman--S. S. Schultz--was out first ball each time. Twice first ball in one innings--a record. Mr. A. J. Webbe will remember the match.
SHACKLOCK, FRANK, who died at Christchurch, New Zealand, on May 3, aged 75, played for the very strong Nottinghamshire eleven from 1886 to 1893. Nearly six feet tall, he bowled fast right-hand, sometimes round the wicket, with a slinging action which made the ball swing away. He was considered particularly difficult because of this pronounced swerve from leg, varied with an off-break that came very quickly from the turf.
Shacklock belonged to an old Kirkby-in-Ashfield family, but was born in Derbyshire and played for both counties before receiving a professional engagement in Scotland where he did some remarkable performances. For Lasswade he took all eleven wickets in a twelve-a-side match against Edinburgh University and all ten against Loretto.
Frank Shacklock began first-class cricket by failing to score in either innings when making a solitary appearance for Nottinghamshire in 1883, but in the same match five M.C.C. wickets for 48 was a performance indicating bowling ability. During the next two seasons he appeared for Derbyshire with considerable success, particularly when he dismissed eight Yorkshire men for 45 runs at Derby in 1885--thirteen in the match for 132. On four other occasions he took eight wickets in an innings, his best analysis being at Lord's in 1887, when M.C.C. batsmen scored only 32 runs off him.
He became most prominent in 1889 when eighty wickets fell to him at 14 runs apiece. Nottinghamshire then tied with Surrey and Lancashire for the Championship. Shacklock was on the ground staff at Lord's for several seasons doing useful work for M.C.C. and he was in the Players eleven of 1889. In 1893 at Trent Bridge he took four Somerset wickets with successive balls and in the innings eight for 46.
Although unreliable with the bat, Shacklock played some valuable innings at a time when runs did not come easily. At Clifton in 1887 against Gloucestershire his 71 included three square-leg hits out of the ground and his partnership with Arthur Shrewsbury, not out 119, contributed largely to victory by an innings and 65 runs. In the follow-on, W. G. Grace carried his bat through the innings for 113. After losing his form, Shacklock emigrated to New Zealand, where he proved a valuable coach.
SHAW, THE RIGHT REV. EDWARD DOMETT, Bishop of Buckingham, died at Marlow on November 5, aged 77. From Forest School he went to Oriel College, Oxford, and got his Blue in 1882. Second in the averages to C. F. H. Leslie he made 63 and 4 at Lord's in the match which Cambridge, who included the three Studds, Lord Hawke, F. E. Lacey and C. Aubrey Smith, won by seven wickets. An opening batsman with sound defence and good style in stroke play, E. D. Shaw did a notable performance in the opening match of the Australians' tour in 1882. Oxford faced a total of 362, and they fared badly but Shaw carried his bat for 78 in a total of 189. The Australians won by nine wickets, H. H. Massie following his highest innings in England, 206, by making 46 not out. Shaw played for Essex, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. A fast medium paced bowler, he took nine wickets in an innings of 17 for which twelve of M.C.C. were dismissed by Wooburn House in 1886. Two of his sons were in the Marlborough eleven before joining The Army; both were killed in the war.
SHEEPSHANKS, MR. ERNEST RICHARD, was killed on December 31 while acting as special correspondent to Reuter's with the insurgent forces in Spain. Born on March 22, 1910, he met his tragic end when 27. Very prominent in every respect at Eton, he was President of Pop, captain of cricket, and a member of the Association Football and Fives teams.
A first-rate batsman, he was in the Eton eleven of 1927 before being captain. He used his feet cleverly and possessed excellent judgment in stroke-play and admirable defence. He saved Eton from the probability of a follow-on against Winchester in 1927 when, after the fall of nine wickets for 108, he and R. H. R. Buckston, the present Derbyshire captain, put on 144 for the last stand, exactly clearing off the arrears. Sheepshanks scored 116, hitting with remarkable freedom until the follow-on was saved; then he trod on his wicket.
In the following season, he helped Eton to victory by 28 runs over Harrow--a fine performance considering that Eton were 108 behind on the first innings. Sheepshanks and I. Akers-Douglas added 149 for the third wicket in the second innings, Sheepshanks, despite the handicap of a damaged hand, scoring 69.
At Cambridge he took part in the Freshmen's match in 1929 and the Seniors' matches of 1930 and 1931, but did not play for the University. In 1929 he appeared in the Yorkshire eleven.
SMITH, HARRY, the Gloucestershire professional, died on November 12, aged 46. He succeeded Jack Board as wicket-keeper in 1914, and did good service until illness checked his career in 1932. After an unexpected return to the side in 1935 he retired and was for a time coach to the county colts. Besides being a reliable wicket-keeper he was a sound batsman and in 1928 played for England against West Indies at Lord's. Against Hampshire at Southampton in 1919 he made 120 and 102 not out. A noteworthy incident occurred in that match. Pothecary, the last Hampshire batsman, played a ball from Parker into the top of his pad, shook it into Smith's hands, and was given out caught contrary to law 33 B which declares in such a case that the ball becomes dead.
SMITH-MASTERS, MR. WILLIAM ALLAN, who was at Marlborough and Oxford but not in either eleven, died at Meopham, Kent, on August 27, aged 87. He played once for Kent in 1875.
SNELL, MR. ARTHUR PATRICK, died at Brighton on July 26, aged 67. In the Haileybury eleven in 1888 and captain next year, he played in the Cambridge Freshmen's match 1890 and occasionally for Essex.
SOMERSET, MR. ARTHUR WILLIAM FITZROY, who died on January 8, at Castle Goring, near Worthing, was President of Sussex County Club in 1936. Born at Chatham on September 20, 1895, he was in the Wellington eleven in 1871 and captain in 1872. A useful fast bowler, besides a sound, hard-hitting batsman, he became a good wicket-keeper. After eight years in Australia he returned to England in 1881 and for about twenty years captained the Gentlemen of Sussex. He made infrequent appearances for Sussex between 1892 and 1905.
Three times he went to West Indies with touring sides, captaining the M.C.C. teams there in 1910-11 and 1912-13. During this last tour, when scoring 55 not out against Barbados at Bridgetown, he assisted W. C. Smith in a last-wicket stand of 167. Against West Indies at Lord's in 1900, he scored 118 for M.C.C. An excellent Rugby football forward, he played for Richmond and was a heavyweight boxer of some class.
STOCKS, MR. JOHN LEOFRIC, D.S.O., died at Swansea on June 13, aged 54. In the Rugby eleven of 1901. He was a noted hockey player in the Oxford eleven, 1904-5, and for England. Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University.
STOCKTON, MR. ALBERT FORSYTH, the Lancashire County Club Honorary Treasurer, died on September 23, aged 60. Brother of Sir Edwin Stockton, a past President of Lancashire, Mr. Stockton was Treasurer for five years after being a member of the committee since 1925. For many years he played for the Sale club.
STOREY, MR. SANDFORD SPENCE, see SCHULTZ.
SUTTHERY, MR. ARTHUR MELBOURNE, who played for Cambridge against Oxford in 1887, died on May 15, aged 73. Born on March 25, 1864, at Clifton Reynes, in Buckinghamshire, he was in the Uppingham second eleven before going to Oundle School. He played occasionally for Northamptonshire when at Oundle, and in later years for Devon and Shropshire. A free-hitting batsman, fast medium bowler and smart fieldsman he was a valuable all-round player. His best season was in 1887 when scores of 72 against Surrey and 72 against M.C.C. came before his 73 and 21 against Oxford. He played for the Gentlemen at the Oval and next year he appeared in several representative elevens against the Australians.
TALBOT, MR. JOHN EDWARD, who died at Chelsea, May 30, aged 67, was in the Eton eleven, 1889.
WADDY, CANON PERCIVAL STACY, Secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, died in a London hospital on February 8, from an illness contracted on a voyage home from South Africa.
Born in Australia on January 8, 1875, the son of an Army officer, he went to King's School, Parramatta and then to Balliol College, Oxford. Receiving his blue from H. D. G. Leveson Goweer in 1896 he was one of the not out batsmen when Oxford made 330 for six wickets and won a most sensational match. That was the game in which Cambridge, by giving away runs so that they should bat again, brought about a change in the laws, leaving the enforcement of the follow-on optional.
Oxford's feat of scoring so many runs in the last innings and gaining a victory far surpassed anything done previously in a University match at Lord's. P. S. Waddy, a medium paced bowler, took three wickets for 28 in the Cambridge second innings. A useful batsman, he scored 107 not out for Oxford against Surrey at the Oval a month earlier. He also played against Cambridge in 1897 when Oxford lost by 179 runs.
WALLER, GEORGE, who died on December 9, aged 73, in a Sheffield Nursing Home, played occasionally for Yorkshire from 1893 to 1896. At different times he was engaged by the Wrexham, Lowerhouse, Burnley, Middlesborough and Sheffield United Clubs. In 1896 in Yorkshire Council matches he scored 2,000 runs and took 198 wickets. A good Association football player he was in the Sheffield Wednesday eleven who lost the F.A. Cup final tie to Blackburn Rovers by the then record margin of 6 goals to 1. As player and trainer he was with Sheffield United forty years before retiring in 1930.
WATHEN, MR. ARTHUR CAVE, died on March 14 in his 96th year. Educated at Blackheath Proprietary School, he played for Kent a few times in 1863 and 1864.
WHITFIELD, MR. H. E. P., for some years a prominent player with South Australia, died from blood poisoning on January 14, aged 33, six days after he had captained East Torrens against Sturt. He played twice for South Australia against A. P. F. Chapman's team, but did little. In the following season he scored 68 and 20 for J. Ryder's team against W. M. Woodfull's eleven and his batting form gave promise of a visit to England, but his fast medium bowling, delivered from a good height, met with only moderate success. Business limited his appearances in first-class cricket and his highest score for his State was 91 in an aggregate of 977 runs spread over several seasons; average 24; his fifty-seven wickets cost 36 runs apiece.
WILSON, MR. HERBERT L., died suddenly on March 15, at his home near Eastbourne. Born on June 27, 1881, he played first for Sussex in 1913, when the fine form that made him the best Suffolk batsman during the previous season, with an average of 57.66, was revealed against the best county bowlers. With a highest innings 109 against Gloucestershire at Hove--one of four centuries in a remarkable match which Sussex won by 470 runs-- Wilson scored 1,341 runs, average 31.18, Albert Relf alone doing better. If not reproducing such consistent ability Wilson enjoyed a second good season and after the War he captained the county eleven for three years. During his term as leader Wilson raised the standard of Sussex fielding which A. E. R. Gilligan brought to a still higher pitch of excellence. Grace of style and free hitting in front of the wicket made Wilson very good to watch and it was regrettable that he did not start first-class cricket at an earlier age than nearly 32. A slow right-hand bowler he occasionally ended a stubborn stand. Altogether he played for Sussex during six seasons, scoring in first-class matches 5,752 runs, average 25.67, and taking twenty-three wickets at a cost of 50.86 runs apiece. He played in the 1920 Gentlemen and Players match at the Oval.
WINTER, THE REV. ARTHUR HENRY, died at Hemingford Abbots, near St. Ives, on December 31 in his 94th year--the same age as Mr. Tom Collins who, before his passing in 1934, was the oldest living cricket Blue. This distinction then belonged to Mr. Winter. In the Westminster School Eleven from 1859 to 1863, Arthur Winter finished as captain and, going up to Cambridge, got his Blue in 1865 and the two following years. Although he was an excellent opening batsman, his scores in the big matches at Lord's were 0 and 15; 23 and 16; 16 and 27. He played for the Gentlemen at Lord's in 1866 and appeared occasionally for Middlesex in 1866 and 1867. Mr. Winter could field well anywhere and became such an adept wicket-keeper that in the 1867 University match he surprised his captain, the Hon. F. G. Pelham, by dispensing with a long-stop. Without any suggestion of boasting, he used to say: I never missed a catch to which I could get a hand.
Mr. A. C. Bartholomew, Marlborough and Oxford, who was born on February 21, 1846, is now the oldest living cricket Blue. He played in the University match of 1868.
WOOF, WILLIAM ALBERT, the old Gloucestershire slow left-hand bowler, died at Cheltenham on April 4, aged 77. Born at Gloucester on July 9, 1859, he was educated at Bedford Grammar School with the intention of becoming an engineer. He played for the Gloucestershire colts in 1878 and took five wickets for 78 runs, among his victims being W. G. and G. F. Grace. When tried for the County, he failed and next year, accepting an engagement on the ground staff at Old Trafford, he decided to make cricket his career. Then A. N. Hornby persuaded him to change his pace from fast to slow with very beneficial effect. W. G. Grace, hearing of this, got him a post as bowler at Cheltenham College and in 1882 recommended him for the ground staff at Lord's where he made a name in M.C.C. matches and remained for four seasons. Appointed coach at Cheltenham in 1885 he retained the position until 1925 and on his retirement he received £1,200 as a testimonial from past and present Cheltonians.
Altogether in first-class cricket Woof took 752 wickets at less than 17 and a half runs apiece. His best seasons were 1884, when he dismissed 116 men for 18 runs each, and 1885 when 100 wickets fell to him at an average cost of less than 18 runs. After this, owing to his duties at Cheltenham, he could not give much time to help his county until the vacation, and he retired from first-class cricket in 1894, but four years later for East Gloucestershire he took seven M.C.C. wickets for 28 runs.
Very clever in keeping a length Woof got on a lot of spin for the break back, while, without change of action, he made the ball go with his arm quickly off the pitch; on drying turf he was deadly. Against the Australians in 1886 at Cheltenham he took nine wickets for 76 (seven for 32 in the second innings); but F. R. Spofforth, with ten for 106, helped the team captained by H. J. H. Scott to win by 26 runs.
Other notable performances were fourteen wickets for 97 against Nottinghamshire at Clifton in 1890, six wickets for 14 runs for M.C.C. against Kent at Lord's in 1882, and five for 13 for M.C.C. at Trent Bridge in 1883. In this match against Nottinghamshire Woof and Rylott at one period at the start of the county's first innings sent down 64 balls without a run being scored from the bat, while six wickets fell. Woof dismissed William Barnes, Flowers, both England players, and Shacklock in the course of five balls. After retiring as a player Woof for a time was on the first-class umpires list.
Among the many fine cricketers coached at Cheltenham by Woof were five brothers Champain, four of whom played for Gloucestershire E. I. M. Barrrett, Hampshire, A. H. Du Boulay, Kent and Gloucestershire, and, more recently, K. S. Duleepsinhji. Woof was buried at Cheltenham College Chapel, the Dean of Hereford conducting the service.
WORRALL, MR. JOHN, died in Melbourne on November 17, aged 74. An excellent batsman for Victoria, he came to England in 1888 with the team captained by P. S. McDonnell and failed to show his proper form, but on his second visit, eleven years later, he was Australia's regular opening partner for his captain, Joseph Darling. A damaged knee kept Worrall out of several matches but he averaged 45 in four tests and scored altogether 1,202 runs. His 76 against England at Leeds on a rain affected pitch was a forcing innings of special merit. He got the runs out of 95 in seventy-five minutes; his first three partners failed to score but he punished every loose ball and hit fourteen 4's. When Australia won at Lord's by ten wickets, the only match of the five Tests brought to a definite issue, he scored 18 and 11 not out. He made centuries at Bradford, Leicester and Hove and took a conspicuous part in winning a remarkable match at Cambridge. On the last morning the Australians exactly equalled the University's total of 436; then dismissed their opponents for 122 and Darling and Worrall hit off the runs against time, the last 74 coming in twenty-eight minutes. He was brilliant in the field.
For Victoria, Worrall played many fine innings and for Carlton against Melbourne University in 1896 he hit up 417 not out, the total, 922, then being the highest ever recorded officially in any match.
For many years Mr. Worrall wrote on cricket for Melbourne newspapers.
WRIGHT, MR. GEORGE, who died in Boston (America) on August 21, in his 91st year, was a versatile sportsman. In 1874 he toured England with a baseball team and played several cricket games. A good batsman, he made 120 not out in 1888, and did the hat trick for United States against Canada. He was known as the father of American Golf, having laid out the first course in New England.
BACKHOUSE, E. N., the Staffordshire professional, was killed in a motor car accident on November 1, 1936, at High Wycombe. When on the ground staff at Lord's in 1931, he came into the Yorkshire eleven playing the Rest at the Oval because Oldroyd was taken ill suddenly and the champion county were without a reserve man. He was born on May 13, 1901.
BATES, JOHN, who died in December, 1936, was groundman of the Warwickshire County Club at Edgbaston for twenty-one years. A Yorkshireman by birth he belonged to a cricketing family. His son, Harold, a left-handed bowler, was killed in the war; a third son, Leonard, played for Warwickshire for sixteen years with conspicuous success until 1935. John Bates was often called upon by county officials to give advice on the preparation of wickets.
BOUGHTON, MR. WILLIAM ALBERT, died at Cardiff on November 26, 1936, aged 81. He played occasionally for Gloucestershire, first appearing for the County against Middlesex at Lord's in 1879.
DOBSON, MR. BERNARD PATRICK, who died at Crowborough on May 17, 1936, aged 62, was a prominent batsman with Incogniti, Free Foresters and Cryptics. Born at Nottingham, he went to Stonyhurst and was in the School eleven from 1891 to 1895. In 1908, he scored over 1,500 runs for Incogniti, of which club he was assistant honorary secretary for about twenty years. He made several trips abroad, going to Egypt with the M.C.C. side under Captain A. C. G. Luther in 1909; to West Indies in 1912-13 with the M.C.C. team under A. F. Somerset, and also to America in 1913 with the Incogniti side led by Colonel Greenway.
FRANCIS, MR. HOWARD HENRY, died at Capetown on January 7, 1936, aged 65. Born at Bristol he played for Gloucestershire from 1890. His highest score was 55 against Middlesex at Clifton in Jack Painter's benefit match in 1894; he and Jack Board put on 137 for the ninth wicket. He then went to South Africa and from 1895 to 1902 often appeared for Western Province. In 1899 he played for South Africa in both Test matches against Lord Hawke's team.
GREGORY, MR. CHARLES S., died at Sydney on April 5, 1935, aged 88 years. One of the famous Gregory family of seven brothers, five of whom represented New South Wales, he played for his State against Victoria in 1871 and 1872 and figured with his brothers, David and Edward, in the historic single wicket match on the Albert Ground, Sydney, in April, 1871 when the three brothers defeated the Victorians, T. W. Wills, Sam Cosstick and John Conway, by 5 runs.
Father of J. M. Gregory, Australia's fast bowler.
NIEMEYER, MR. WALTER E., who died at Pretoria on November 27, 1936, aged 59, played for Transvaal between 1898 and 1907. He was a medium pace bowler.
SEARLE, MR. JAMES, died at Sydney on December 28, 1936, aged 75. He was a fine wicket-keeper for New South Wales just before the Sheffield Shield Competition was founded. While taking part in a trial match at Sydney he collided with a fence, fracturing his leg, but although giving up active cricket, he did valuable work as coach for public schools and New South Wales Cricket Association. In his early days he played for the Redfern club with F. R. Spofforth.
TAYLOR, MR. EDMUND JUSKIN, died on December 25, 1936, and was buried on the 82nd anniversary of his birthday, December 31. When playing for Rugby against Marlborough at Lord's in 1871 he was described as a capital batsman; an active and excellent fieldsman, generally taking cover point or long stop. In 1876 he averaged 16 for Gloucestershire and appeared occasionally in the very strong team of those days when W. G. Grace was in his prime.
THEOBALD, LT.-COL. COTTON EDWIN, who died at Bournemouth, November 29, 1936, in his 101st year, played in the Winchester eleven of 1854. He was the oldest living British Army officer, having been commissioned in 1855.
WELCH, MR. T. H. G, who captained the Trinity College, Dublin, eleven, and played for Northamptonshire, died in December, 1936, aged 77. A schoolmaster, he delighted in teaching his boys cricket. He was a good footballer, oarsman and runner.