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Full name Richard Humphrey
Born December 12, 1848, Mitcham, Surrey
Died February 24, 1906, Westminster, London (aged 57 years 74 days)
Major teams Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Other Umpire, Coach
Relation Brother - T Humphrey
Richard Humphrey's career started promisingly after he turned to cricket from working as a plumber, and in 1872 he made a classy 96 for Players against Gentlemen and finished top of the Surrey averages. But his form never hit such heights again although he played for the county for several more seasons. He turned to coaching and umpiring.
Richard Humphrey was found drowned in the Thames, and was buried in St. Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, on February 28th. He had for a long time been in poor circumstances and no doubt his mind became unhinged. He was a batsman who did not accomplish half of what was expected from him. Gaining a high reputation very early in his career, he no sooner reached the top of the tree than he began to decline in power. Born on December 12th, 1848, he learnt his cricket at Mitcham-the training ground of many of Surrey's best players-and came out when his more famous brother, the late Tom Humphrey, was on the wane. He first found a place in the Surrey eleven in 1870, and with an innings of 82 against Cambridge University gave clear proof of his class. His record for the season was a modest one, but no doubt was felt that he would make a name. In the following year he improved enormously, his best scores being 116 not out against Kent, 80 against Yorkshire, and 70 against Gloucestershire, and in 1872 he reached his highest point, standing on a level that season with the best professional batsmen in England. Picked for Players against Gentlemen at Lord's and the Oval, he came off in both matches, his success being the more noteworthy from the fact that at Lord's the Gentlemen's bowling was exceptionally strong. At the Oval he scored 96 in his first innings, opening the batting with Jupp and being the ninth man out. A few weeks later, for Surrey against Yorkshire at the Oval, he made 70 in each innings, with Emmett and Alan Hill bowling at him, this being perhaps the best performance in his career. He headed the Surrey averages for the season, and a very bright future seemed in store for him. From this time, however, he steadily fell off. In 1873 he was nothing like the batsman he had been a twelve month before, and though he continued to do good work for Surrey, playing for the county till 1881, he never regained the position that had once been his. After his career as an active player was over, he did a good deal of coaching, being engaged at one time at Clifton College, and recently he had acted as umpire, giving great satisfaction in 1904 and 1905 in the matches played by the Minor Counties. Old cricketers will remember him as a batsman who was worth going a long way to see, his style being very finished and correct.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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