John King      

Full name John Herbert King

Born April 16, 1871, Lutterworth, Leicestershire

Died November 18, 1946, Denbigh, Wales (aged 75 years 216 days)

Major teams England, Leicestershire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium

Other Umpire

Relation Brother - J King, Nephew - JW King

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 64 60 32.00 0 1 0 0 0
First-class 552 988 69 25122 227* 27.33 34 130 340 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 1 162 99 1 1/99 1/99 99.00 3.66 162.0 0 0 0
First-class 552 70187 30312 1204 8/17 25.17 2.59 58.2 69 11
Career statistics
Only Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 14-16, 1909 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1895-1909
Profile

John King's career extended more than 30 seasons, and even when he finally retire at the age of 54, he continued his association with the game as a first-class umpire for another 11 years. He was a good player of fast bowling, and one who improved with age. He scored two double hundreds - the first in 1914 when 43, the second in 1923 aged 52. He was also a canny legspinner (he took over 1200 wickets) who varied his pace from slow to brisk medium. In his one Test - against Australia in 1909 when 38 - he rather strangely opened the bowling, taking 1 for 99 but having Ransford and Trumper dropped in the same over. In that match he scored 60 in the first innings and was then was unceremoniously dumped after that one outing. In 1906 he was given out `hit the ball twice' against Surrey at The Oval when he stopped the ball rolling into his stumps, and then tried to run a single, the last such dismissal in England.
Martin Williamson (April 2004)

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