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Full name Thomas Straw
Born September 1, 1870, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire
Died September 8, 1959, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire (aged 89 years 7 days)
Major teams Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Thomas Straw, who died at Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, where he was born, on September 8, 1959, aged 89, was the Worcestershire wicket-keeper and the only man in cricket history to have been dismissed twice for obstructing the field. Both dismissals occurred when he was playing against Warwickshire- The first time, at Worcester in 1899. Straw lofted a ball towards the middle of the pitch and began to run while a fielder. A. C. S. Glover, ran in to try and catch it. They collided and Straw was given out by umpire Mycroft, to the loud disgust of the home crowd who complained that it was accidental. Two years later, at Edgbaston, Straw barged into the wicket-keeper, "Dick" Lilley, as he emerged from behind the stumps to take a simple pop-up catch.
This appears to have been a far more flagrant piece of obstruction; it is possible that Straw, after his earlier dismissal, was taking the mickey. This was his last full season: a hand injury virtually finished his career after he had been Worcestershire's first-choice keeper since 1895, four years before they joined the Championship, though he did play four more games in 1907 before returning to Nottinghamshire and his old job as a miner.
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