Full name Charles William Wright
Born May 27, 1863, Harewood, Yorkshire
Died January 10, 1936, Saxelby Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire (aged 72 years 228 days)
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Nottinghamshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 13-14, 1896 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 21-23, 1896 scorecard|
|First-class span||1882 - 1901|
Charterhouse-educated Charles Wright was a sound opening batsman and wicketkeeper whose cricket education came largely from time spent with Nottinghamshire professionals in the holidays. He was a Blue for all four years he spent at Cambridge, and then went on to play for Nottinghamshire with distinction. His three Test appearances all came on the MCC tour of South Africa in 1895-96. In 1890 he became the first captain to declare an innings closed (v Kent at Gravesend) and in 1893 only the second batsman to be given out handled the ball (it lodged in his pads and he picked it out and gave it to a fielder). He was forced to retire when he lost an eye in a shooting accident, but retained his links with Trent Bridge as a long-serving committee member.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"