Full name Edward Humphrey Dalrymple Sewell
Born September 30, 1872, Lingsugur, India
Died September 20, 1947, Westbourne Park, Paddington, London (aged 74 years 355 days)
Major teams All India XI, Essex, London County
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Education Bedford Grammar School
|First-class span||1892/93 - 1922|
SEWELL, MR. EDWARD HUMPHREY DALRYMPLE, well known for many years as a cricket and Rugby football journalistic reporter, died on September 21, aged nearly 75. Born in India, where his father was an Army officer, he was educated at Bedford Grammar School, captaining the cricket and Rugby teams and playing for Bedfordshire County. In a curiously varied life he returned to India as a civil servant, and his very powerful hitting enabled him to make many big scores at an exceptional rate of scoring. The first batsman in India to make three consecutive hundreds, he also twice exceeded 200. Sometimes he enjoyed the advantage of having Ranjitsinhji for captain. Coming back to England, he joined the Essex County Club as a professional, and met with considerable success, notably in 1904 at Edgbaston, where, with Bob Carpenter, he shared in an opening stand of 142. He used to relate that the partnership lasted only sixty-five minutes--he was first out for 107; but, as he added, They didn't give prizes for the fastest century in those days. The time was given officially as eighty minutes. In 1904, for London County, captained by W. G. Grace, he played his highest innings in first-class cricket, 181, against Surrey at Crystal Palace; one of his on-drives off Lockwood measured 140 yards. He punished moderate bowling in matches of minor class with merciless severity. Whitgift School suffered especially when, at Croydon for M.C.C., he hit up 142 out of 162 in fifty minutes, and again at The Oval, where for Wanderers he hit three 6's and nineteen 4's while scoring 108. After being a coach at The Oval, he became honorary secretary to the Buckinghamshire Club and played for the County as an amateur. He bowled medium pace with marked effect against any batsmen but the best, and fielded with dash and certainty. During recent years he attended every match of importance at Lord's, having a regular seat in the Long Room, where he was often the centre of discussions on the game he loved and knew so thoroughly. He gave practical evidence of this in several books - From a Window at Lord's, The Log of a Sportsman and Who Won the Toss being the best known. He played Rugby football for Blackheath and Harlequins; put the shot 37 feet and threw the cricket ball 117 yards at athletic sports meetings.
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