Spencer Ponsonby-Fane      

Full name Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby

Born March 14, 1824, Mayfair, Westminster, London

Died December 1, 1915, Brympton D'Evercy, Yeovil, Somerset (aged 91 years 262 days)

Major teams Middlesex, Surrey

Also known as changed name to Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby-Fane in 1875

Batting style Right-hand bat

Relation Brother - JGB Ponsonby, Brother - FGB Ponsonby, Son - JH Ponsonby, Nephew - SW Gore, Grandson - RAB Ponsonby

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 62 117 3 1359 108 11.92 1 4 30 2
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 62 184+ 53+ 14 5/? 26.50* 1.72 92.0* 1 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Oxford University v Marylebone Cricket Club at Oxford, Jun 11-12, 1841 scorecard
Last First-class 1864

Ponsonby-Fane, Sir Spencer Cecil Brabazon, The Right Hon, PC, GCB, sixth son of the 4th Earl of Bessborough, was born in Cavendish Square on March 14th, 1824, and died at Brympton, Yeovil, on December 1st, in his 92nd year. He was a nephew by marriage of the famous Lord Frederick Beauclerk, and brother of the 6th Earl of Bessborough, who did so much for Harrow cricket, and assumed the additional name of Fane in 1875 upon inheriting Brympton from Lady Georgina Fane. He was by far the most interesting like with past cricket, seeing that he had visited Lord's for over 80 years (the last time being in 1913) and had always been in the closest touch with the game. As a boy of 15 he had played for the MCC in 1839, although it was not until May 14th, 1840, that he was elected a member of the club on the proposal of Mr. Aislabie, seconded by Lord Paget. His term of membership was without parallel in the history of the MCC, and during it he occupied almost every office possible, except the presidency, which he declined several times. He served on the Committee 1866-68, 1870-73, and 1875-78; was treasurer from 1879 until his death; and a trustee from 1900 until the end of his long life. It will, perhaps be owing to the fact that he was responsible for the unrivalled collection of paintings, engravings, prints, etc., being made at Lord's that he will be chiefly remembered. His experiences in this matter he related in a short contribution to the second edition of the MCC Catalogue, published in 1912. He did so much for the club as to merit fully the honour bestowed on him by the committee in 1896, when they asked him to sit to Ouless for his portrait, which now hangs in the long room of the Pavilion. In 1845, when his brother and Mr. J. Loraine Baldwin, he founded I Zingari, of which he was the hon secretary and deeply-loved, though autocratic, governor. For over 50 years he was a very familiar figure at Canterbury, either as a player or an Old Stager or both, and now that he is dead the Rev. Sir Emilius Laurie, Bart. -- the famous Emilius Bayley of other days -- is the only survivor of all the cricketers who took part in the first Festival, that of 1842. As a player Sir Spencer was very useful in his younger days. Scores and Biographies described him as "A free and lively hitter, forward and to leg. Also a good field, generally long-leg, middle wicket or point. Is remarkably quick between wickets, but has run himself and partner out very frequently." He was a member of the original committee of the Surrey CCC, and played for the county in 1844, 1848, and 1853. He assisted the Gentlemen against the Players from 1851 until 1858.

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