Full name Richard Haynes Twining
Born November 3, 1889, St Pancras, London
Died January 3, 1979, Kensington, London (aged 89 years 61 days)
Major teams Middlesex, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Eton College; Oxford University
|First-class span||1910 - 1928|
Richard Twining, CBE, who died on January 3, aged 89, had had close associations with Lord's for over 70 years. Three years in the Eton XI and captain in 1909, he then played four years for Oxford, captaining them in 1912. Between 1910 and 1914 he made a few appearances for Middlesex, but was so severely wounded in the Great War that for a long time he was on crutches and it seemed that his serious cricket must be over. By 1919, however, though handicapped still by lameness, he had recovered sufficiently to reappear for the county and to make a hundred for the Free Foresters against Cambridge. He continued to play for Middlesex, when business permitted, until 1928, and in his last season made 121 against Sussex at Lord's. The innings of his life was in the Surrey match at Lord's in 1921. If Surrey won, they became champions; otherwise, Middlesex retained the title. When Surrey led by 137 on the first innings, the odds were definitely on them, and they were still favourites when Middlesex went in to make 322 to win. But a second wicket stand of 277 in four hours ten minutes between Twining who scored 135 and Jack Hearne settled the issue and Middlesex won by six wickets. Off the field he did great work for cricket. First serving on the MCC committee in 1933, he was President in 1964, a trustee from 1952 to 1969, and on retiring from this became the second Life Vice-President in the history of the club, the first having been Sir Pelham Warner. From 1950 to 1957 he was President of Middlesex.
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