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Full name Guy Greville Napier
Born January 26, 1884, City of London
Died September 25, 1915, Loos, France (aged 31 years 242 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Europeans (India), Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Education Marlborough College; Cambridge University
Lieut. Guy Greville Napier (35th Sikhs) born on the 26th of January, 1884, died in France on September 25, of wounds received earlier that day. Mr. Napier will live in cricket history as one of the best medium pace bowlers seen in the University match in his own generation. Playing four times for Cambridge -1904 to 1907 - he took 31 wickets for 544 runs. Considering the excellent condition of the ground in the first three of these matches his figures will bear comparison with the finest records of old days when scores were far smaller than they are now. He was nearly always seen to great advantage at Lord's, the slope of the ground no doubt helping him. At Lord's for the Gentlemen in 1907 he took six wickets for 39 runs in the Players' second innings, this, having regard to the class of the batsmen opposed to him, being the best performance of his life. It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that he did not bowl a bad ball in the innings. He fully retained his skill after his Cambridge days were over. When home from India, where he held a Government appointment at Quetta, he bowled with marked success for the M.C.C. against Yorkshire at Scarborough in 1913 taking eight Yorkshire wickets in one innings for 44 runs. Bowling with a fairly high and very easy action he had great command of length and made the ball go with his arm. Quick off the ground he nearly always looked hard to play. He was in the Marlborough eleven for three years - 1899, 1900 and 1901 - taking nine wickets in his last match against Rugby. For Cambridge in first-class matches he took sixty-seven wickets in 1904, sixty-four in 1905, seventy-seven in 1906, and seventy-five in 1907. He was thus consistently successful for four seasons, but most of his best work was done at Lord's. In 1904 he played for the Gentlemen for the first time and made his first appearance for Middlesex. He was on the winning side three times, the match in 1904 being drawn. In 1905 he helped A. F. Morcom to get Oxford out in the last innings for 123, Cambridge gaining a sensational victory by 40 runs.
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