Challen Skeet      

Full name Challen Hasler Lufkin Skeet

Born August 17, 1895, Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand

Died April 20, 1978, West Tytherley, Hampshire (aged 82 years 246 days)

Major teams Middlesex, Oxford University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Education St Paul's School; Oxford University

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 33 55 10 945 106 21 1 3 19 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 33 36 27 0 - - - 4.50 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1919 - 1922

Challen Skeet, who died after a long illness on April 20, aged 82, will be remembered as one of the great fieldsmen of his time and also for one notable innings which helped to decide the county championship. Four years in the XI at St Paul's, he headed the batting averages in his last two years and in his last, 1914, the bowling averages as well. A fastish slinger, he never bowled seriously later. A solid bat rather than a stroke player, after a good trial for Oxford in 1919, he got his blue in 1920 in a particularly strong side, partly as the reward of some consistent scoring, but even more so for his superlative fielding, especially at cover or in the outfield. As R. C. Robertson-Glasgow said, he had a throw that would have satisfied Sydney.

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