Merritt Preston      

Full name Joseph Merritt Preston

Born August 23, 1864, Yeadon, Yorkshire

Died November 26, 1890, Windhill, Yorkshire (aged 26 years 95 days)

Major teams Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Joseph Merritt Preston
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 95 157 14 2131 93 14.90 0 43 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 95 3763 211 9/28 17.83 9 5
Career statistics
First-class span 1885 - 1889
Profile

Merritt Preston was a fast bowler and useful middle-order batsman who played as a professional for Yorkshire between 1885 and 1889. In 1887 he took 52 wickets at 18.73 which was enough to earn him a place in Arthur Shrewsbury's side to tour Australia, although he only played in seven games. He returned to enjoy his best season in 1888, taking 81 wickets at 13.50, including 9 for 28 in the end-of-season festival match against the MCC. He made only four appearances in 1889 and none in 1890. In November 1890 he caught a chill and died. He was 27. He was buried in Yeadon churchyard where, seven years earlier, Albert Ludy was laid to rest after being struck on the head in a club match by Preston nine days after getting married.
Martin Williamson

Latest Photos

Jul 24, 1888

Merritt Preston

Merritt Preston

© Martin Williamson

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 367 (86.4 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 364/0 (101.4 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 & 50/3 (12.4 ov) Glamorgan 237
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 113/5 (39.5 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 172/3 (37.2 ov) Leics 157
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 132/5 (48.4 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 107/1 (35.4 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 & 95/2 (37.2 ov) Warwickshire 321
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 516/7d Yorkshire 27/1 (10.5 ov)
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