Full name Reginald Edmund Compton Butterworth
Born August 16, 1906, Samarang, Java
Died May 21, 1940, St Martin-au-Laert, near St Omer, France (aged 33 years 279 days)
Major teams Middlesex, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Harrow School; Oxford University
Relation Brother - JC Butterworth
|First-class span||1926 - 1939|
Butterworth, Pilot Officer Reginald Edmund Compton, R.A.F.V.R., the Harrow, Oxford and Middlesex cricketer, was killed in action in May. An allrounder, he started the bowling against Eton at Lord's in 1924, and in the two innings took eight wickets for 107 runs. Although bowling well for the Freshmen and scoring 79 in early trial, his form when first at Oxford was unreliable, and not until 1927 did he receive his Blue from E. R. T. Holmes. That season he scored 110 at the Oval against Surrey and 101 against Free Foresters, but, though always likely to prove valuable with either bat or ball, he did little against Cambridge. A good stroke player, he seldom wasted opportunities of scoring; his medium-paced bowling was difficult when he made the ball swing late. In recent years he played many good innings for Middlesex, and in 1937 opened the batting in several matches with either Edrich or Price.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"