Frank Gillingham      

Full name The Reverend Frank Hay Gillingham

Born September 6, 1875, Tokyo, Japan

Died April 1, 1953, Monaco (aged 77 years 207 days)

Major teams Essex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Dulwich College; Durham University

The Reverend Frank Hay Gillingham
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 210 352 24 10050 201 30.64 19 111 1
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 210 8 13 0 - - - 9.75 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1903 - 1928
Profile

Frank Gillingham's other claim to fame, ignored in his Wisden obituary (below) is that he was the BBC's first ball-by-ball commentator. At Leyton on May 14, 1927 he broadcast four stints, totaling 25 minutes, on the Essex v New Zealanders match. Picked largely because he was a former county cricketer who was "a terrific preacher" according to TN Pearce, a former team-mate, he was not really suited to the confines of the BBC. The newspapers greeted the experiment with indifference. Gillingham continued to do the odd commentary until he infuriated Lord Reith, the BBC's overlord and a stickler for a complete absence of anything commercial, when he filled in time during a rain break at The Oval by reading the various advertisements round the ground.
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1927

Frank Gillingham (right) broadcasting for the BBC in 1927. Gillingham gave the BBC's first live commentary on cricket during the Essex v New Zealanders match at Leyton in May 1927

Frank Gillingham (right) broadcasting for the BBC in 1927

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1923

Revd Frank Gillingham

Revd Frank Gillingham

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1914

Frank Gillingham poses outside the Essex pavilion, 1914

Frank Gillingham poses outside the Essex pavilion

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Glamorgan at Chester-le-Street - Jun 19-22
Durham won by 9 wickets
Essex v Warwickshire at Chelmsford - Jun 19-22
Essex won by an innings and 164 runs
Lancashire v Hampshire at Manchester - Jun 19-22
Lancashire won by an innings and 30 runs
Worcs v Kent at Worcester - Jun 19-22
Worcs won by 4 wickets
Only unofficial Test: Eng Lions v Sth Africa A at Canterbury - Jun 21-24
Eng Lions 386 Sth Africa A 194/1 (46.4 ov)
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