George Dawkes      

Full name George Owen Dawkes

Born July 19, 1920, Aylestone Park, Leicester

Died August 10, 2006, Leicester (aged 86 years 22 days)

Major teams Commonwealth XI, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

George Owen Dawkes
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 482 736 105 11411 143 18.08 1 894 147
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 482 20 0 - - - - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1937 - 1961

In the days of greener pitches and meanly hostile Derbyshire seam bowlers George Dawkes was the perfect ally for Les Jackson. Dawkes, a consistent and reliable wicketkeeper, held 254 catches off Jackson, including all three in a hat-trick against Worcestershire at Kidderminster in 1958. They even shared second testimonials in 1962. Dawkes made his debut for Leicestershire against Nottinghamshire at Worksop in 1937 at 17 and was capped the following season. A long reign appeared likely but his career with his native county tailed away because, when cricket resumed in 1946 after the Second World War, Dawkes was still serving in the Royal Air Force and not due for demobilisation until December, 1947. Leicestershire recalled Paddy Corrall, who played until 1951, and Derbyshire engaged Dawkes on a special registration in 1947. He took leave from the RAF to make his debut against Yorkshire at Scarborough in August, then slotted into a great Derbyshire tradition that for 86 years made the post of reserve wicketkeeper one of the least rewarding in cricket as four men wore the gloves with domination: Joe Humphries from 1899 until the First World War, Harry Elliott from 1920 to 1939, Dawkes to 1961, Bob Taylor until retirement in 1984. Between 1950 and 1961 Dawkes played in 287 Championship games running until a knee injury ended the sequence. A cartilage operation followed by a car accident meant Dawkes did not play in 1962 and, seeing Taylor's potential, he retired. Dawkes was tall for a wicketkeeper but agile and had safe hands. He ended with 1,041 dismissals and the 147 stumpings suggested he was equally good standing up - not that there was much call for spin in those Derbyshire sides. He was also a powerful batsman, scoring 11,411 runs at an average of 18.08, including a rousing 143 against Hampshire at Burton in 1954. He always aimed for swift progress to allow the bowlers more time. Dawkes' only taste of international cricket was on a Commonwealth tour to India in 1949-50 but his contribution to Derbyshire was immense.
Gerald Mortimer September 2006

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