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Full name John Elicius Benedict Bernard Placid Quirk Carrington Dwyer
Born May 3, 1876, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died October 19, 1912, Crewe, Cheshire (aged 36 years 169 days)
Major teams Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
John Elicihs Benedict Bernard Placid Quirk Carrington Dwyer - always referred to as E. B. Dwyer - died on October 19th at Crewe, where he had been engaged during the season. He was born on May 3rd, 1876, at Sydney (N.S.W), where all his early cricket was played, first with the Redfern Wednesday C.C. and afterwards with Redfern. On P. F. Warner's suggestion he came to England in the spring of 1904, and early that year, whilst engaged temporarily at Lord's, came under the notice of C. B. Fry, who persuaded him to qualify for Sussex. His first match for the county was in 1906 and his last three seasons later, when, owing to Lack of form, he dropped out of the side. In 1906 he took 96 wickets for 26.80 runs each, and in the following year 58 at an average cost of 27.65. Although having good pace, he was an unequal howler, but deadly on his day. In 1906 he took 9 for 35 runs against Derbyshire, at Brighton, and 16 for 100 - the first time for 80 years so many had been obtained by a bowler for Sussex in a match vs Notts. on the same ground.
In 1907, by taking 6 for 25 against the South Africans, he had a great deal to do with the Colonials being dismissed for 49, their smallest total during their tour. At times he hit hard and well, and at Brighton in 1906 scored 63 out of 82 in fifty minutes against Surrey. Dwyer was a great-grandson of Michael Dwyer, the Wicklow chieftain, who was one of the boldest leaders in the Irish insurrection of 1798. He held out for five years in the Wicklow mountains and was exiled in 1804 to Australia, where he died in 1826.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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