William Nicholson      

Full name William Nicholson

Born September 2, 1824, Upper Holloway, London

Died July 25, 1909, Westminster, London (aged 84 years 326 days)

Major teams Middlesex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Height 5 ft 10 in

Education Harrow School

Relation Brother - RC Nicholson, Brother - RP Nicholson, Brother - J Nicholson

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 148 261 11 3447 86 13.78 0 110 90
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 148 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class debut Gentlemen of England v Gentlemen of Kent at Lord's, Jun 30-Jul 2, 1845 scorecard
Last First-class 1869

William Nicholson, D.L., J.P., of Basing Park, Hants., a Trustee of Lord's Cricket Ground, and one of the oldest members of the M.C.C., died at 2, South Audley Street, London, on July 25th. He was born at Upper Holloway on September 2nd 1824, and was in the Harrow Eleven for three seasons, commencing in 1841, and captain in his last. Scores and Biographies (iii.-39) says of him:-- Height, 5ft. 10ins., and weight, 11st. 7lbs. Has been a most successful batsman for several years, getting his runs exceedingly fast and well in the best matches, especially about 1852, when he was not to be excelled. Is one of the best wicket-keepers in England, standing up pluckily to the fastest bowling, and has at that important post in the field received many a severe blow. Also an exceedingly fast runner between wickets, a capital judge of a short run, and is altogether an energetic cricketer. Was Captain of the Harrow Eleven in 1843, when, by his strict management and fine play, he helped much to win both against Winchester and Eton. ... His elder brother, Mr. John Nicholson, played for Harrow in 1840 and 1841, and for Cambridge in 1845. Among his contemporaries at Harrow were E. M. Dewing, Arthur Haygarth, and J. Marshall. In the matches with Eton he scored 4 and 9, 7 and 35, 11 and 0, while against Winchester his innings were 4, 1 and 52, 21 and 6. He became a member of the M.C.C. in 1845, and appeared for the Gentlemen against the Players from 1846 to 1858, and in the Canterbury Week from 1847 to 1869. For many years he played for the celebrated Clapton Club, of which Messrs. Craven, Gordon and Key, and the Walker brothers were great supporters. His most successful season was that of 1852 when he made the highest score (39 and 70) in each innings for England v. Kent at Lord's, and made 86 for Gentlemen of England v. Gentlemen of Kent at Canterbury. In the former match his side were set 156 to win and obtained them for three wickets, which was exceptional scoring for those times, especially against such bowlers as Mynn, Martingell and Willsher. Few men attended the Canterbury Week more regularly than did Mr. Nicholson, who was an enthusiastic Old Stager and one of the oldest members of I Zingari. As a curiosity it may be mentioned that, when keeping wicket for M.C.C and Ground v. Cambridge University at Fenner's in 1853, he stumped the first three men off Mr. F. Walker's bowling.

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