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Full name Victor Alexander Barton
Born October 6, 1867, Hound, Netley, Hampshire
Died March 23, 1906, Belle Vue, Southampton, Hampshire (aged 38 years 168 days)
Major teams England, Hampshire, Kent
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Only Test||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 19-22, 1892 scorecard|
An attacking middle order batsman whose career was curtailed by ill-health - he was only 39 when he died - Victor Barton played in just a single Test. An Army man, he first played for Kent, producing a vital innings in the thrilling Kent victory over Nottinghamshire that produced a three-way Kent-Nottinghamshire-Lancashire tie for the Championship in 1889. But Barton failed to establish himself in the Kent side, and then like so many military men, played for Hampshire for a further 11 years. A powerful driver, he hit the ball so hard on the on-side that Wisden's obituary relates that "fieldsmen who stood at mid-on had a wholesome dread of him". Barton played his one Test in 1892, a season in which England had two simultaneous touring teams, the other side being in Australia. He was also a useful bowler, taking 141 first-class wickets (DL, 2000).
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