Charles Francis      

Full name Charles King Francis

Born February 3, 1851, Ramsden Hall, Upminster, Essex

Died October 28, 1925, Crichel, Dorset (aged 74 years 267 days)

Major teams Middlesex, Oxford University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast (roundarm)

Education Rugby; Oxford University

Relation Brother - AS Francis

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 47 75 10 717 45 11.03 0 0 38 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 47 7277+ 2797+ 142 7/12 20.56* 2.30 53.5* 6 1
Career statistics
First-class span 1870 - 1879

Though his active days in first-class cricket dated back half a century, Charles King Francis retained to the end a keen interest in the game and was constantly at Lord's. Old cricketers will remember him as one of the best amateur fast bowlers of his day. It cannot be said, however, that he lived up to his early reputation. The work that made him famous was done before he was 20. At Rugby, when Pauncefote and Yardley had raised the school's cricket presige to the highest point, he was in the XI from 1867 to 1869. He wound up with a performance that has perhaps never been surpassed in a public school match, taking in 1869 17 wickets against Marlborough at Lord's--all ten (nine of them bowled) in the second innings.

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