Miles Howell      

Full name Miles Howell

Born September 9, 1893, Thames Ditton, Surrey

Died February 23, 1976, Worplesdon, Surrey (aged 82 years 167 days)

Major teams Oxford University, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Education Repton; Oxford University

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 97 162 17 4670 170 32.20 8 32 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 97 26 26 1 1/5 26.00 6.00 26.0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1914 - 1939

Miles Howell went up to Oxford after having a fine record as Captain of Repton in 1913, and at once made his blue safe by scoring 121 in the Freshmen's match and following this with 123 against Kent in his second match for the University. After serving through the war and being wounded, he returned to Oxford in 1919 and captained them at both cricket and football. He headed their batting averages with fine figures and in the' Varsity match played a great innings of 170. Cambridge were strong favourites, but when Oxford won the toss on a sodden ground and batted, Howell and Donald Knight made 70 for the first wicket. From then on wickets fell steadily until Frank Gilligan contributed a cheerful 70 at No. 8. Everything depended on Howell; he was in no position to take risks and his innings lasted five hours and forty minutes. He scored largely on the leg, which was inadequately guarded, and the slowness of the outfield can be gauged from the fact that he hit only three fours as against fifteen threes and sixty-six singles. It was probably fatigue from the amount of running this involved that caused him to be stumped when three short of the record. As in the second innings he threw out Brooke-Taylor brilliantly just when he looked like winning the match for Cambridge, he was largely responsible for Oxford's victory by 45 runs.

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Miles Howell turned out for a combined Oxford and Cambridge side against Glamorgan at Cardiff Arms Park in August 1922 under the pseudonym WG Osbourne. The identity of Osbourne remained a mystery for many years, and it was never explained why he used the pseudonym.