Charles Thornton      

Full name Charles Inglis Thornton

Born March 20, 1850, Llanwarne, Herefordshire

Died December 10, 1929, Marylebone, London (aged 79 years 265 days)

Major teams Cambridge University, Kent, Middlesex

Nickname Buns

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast (underarm)

Education Eton College; Cambridge University

Relation Cousin - PM Thornton

Charles Inglis Thornton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 216 374 16 6928 124 19.35 5 119 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 216 2423 945 47 4/19 20.10 2.34 51.5 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1866 - 1897

With his death there passed a great personality in the history of cricket. He had long given up active participation in the game, but in his day he was one of the biggest - if not actually the mightiest of all time - of hitters. To the present generation he was only a name, but in the memories of those who, like Lord Harris and Mr. A. J. Webbe, were his contemporaries, his famous deeds must remain firmly implanted. He went to Eton in 1861, to the Rev. G. R. Dupuis's house, and was in the Eleven in 1866, 1867, and 1868, being captain in his last year. He also played in Oppidan and Mixed Wall and Field Xl's, won the School Fives and was Keeper in 1867 and 1868, and won the Double Rackets and Putting the Weight in 1863, and Throwing the Cricket Ball in 1867. Going up to Trinity College, Cambridge, he played in the Eleven four times from I869, being captain in 1872, the year that Cambridge, thanks to a fine innings of 130 by W. Yardley and some effective bowling of W. N. Powys, beat Oxford in an innings. Thornton was on the winning side for Cambridge three times out of four. The year that Oxford won was in 1871, when S. E. Butler took all ten wickets in the first innings of Cambridge. Thornton also played from 1867 onwards for Kent, and a little for Middlesex in the middle seventies. To him more than to anybody else was due the success of the annual Scarborough Festival, He was largely instrumental in starting it, and although he had long given up cricket he never lost his interest in the famous Week, even until last season. To mark the esteem in which he was held and to recognise his services to the Scarborough Festival, which had then been in existence a quarter of a century, he was, in 1894, presented with a silver loving-cup subscribed for by the members of the Scarborough Cricket Club. He received another presentation in 1921 and was also given the freedom of the borough.

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Sep 30, 2004

Cambridge University XI in 1870. From left to right, top row: F.C. Cobden, E.E.H. Ward, C.I. Thornton, W. Yardley.Middle row: F.A. Mackinnon, W.B. Money (captain), F. Tobin. Front  row: A.A. Bourne, A.T. Scott, F.E.R. Fryer, J.W. Dale. Cambridge beat Oxford by 2 runs at Lord's on 27 and 28 June. It was known as 'Cobden's match' because of F.C. Cobden, who won the match for Cambridge in the last over of the game. Cambridge recorded 147 and 206 (W. Yardley 100) with Oxford scoring 175 and 176 in reply

Cambridge University XI in 1870

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Charles Thornton

Charles Thornton

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Jun 17, 1866

The Eton XI in 1866. Back: THW Pelham, H Gilliat, William Walrond. Middle: William Higgins, RNR Ferguson, Charles Thornton, Edgar Lubbock, Hon WB Barrington, JW Foley. Front:  HM Walter, JC Reiby, June 1866

The Eton XI in 1866

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