Robert Nelson      

Full name Robert Prynne Nelson

Born August 7, 1912, Fulham, London

Died October 29, 1940, Deal, Kent (aged 28 years 83 days)

Major teams Cambridge University, Middlesex, Northamptonshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Education St. George's School, Harpenden; Cambridge University

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 77 136 12 3394 123* 27.37 2 24 35 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 77 5367 2208 62 3/7 35.61 2.46 86.5 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1932 - 1939

Robert Nelson became a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Marines and was killed in October. His death at the age of 28 brought grief to his many cricket associates. A free left-handed batsman with good style, he made many runs when at St. George's School, Harpenden, where he became a master. He got his Cambridge Blue in 1936, and scoring 91 at Lord's, gave a delightful display. Controlling his lively strokes by clever placing, he cut and drove to the off in beautiful style. He was unfortunate, when so near a century, to fall to a remarkable catch at short leg. Walford knocked up the ball over his shoulder and, turning round, held the catch an inch from the ground as he fell full length. His stand of 133 with N. W. D. Yardley contributed largely to the Cambridge total of 432 and the eventual victory by eight wickets. He got only a single while the 17 runs wanted were knocked off, but his highest score of the season was the best in the match. After a few appearances for Middlesex, Nelson joined Northamptonshire, and captained the eleven with such good effect in the last two seasons of first-class cricket that in 1939 a decisive win at Cambridge was followed by victory in a county match after a prolonged spell of misfortune extending over three years. The success over Leicestershire enabled Northamptonshire to rise from the bottom of the Championship, a position which they had occupied in five consecutive seasons.

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