James Cranston      

Full name James Cranston

Born January 9, 1859, Bordesley, Birmingham, Warwickshire

Died December 10, 1904, Bristol (aged 45 years 336 days)

Major teams England, Gloucestershire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm bowler

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 31 16 15.50 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 118 195 20 3450 152 19.71 5 14 49 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 118 24 19 0 - - - 4.75 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 11-12, 1890 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1876-1899
Profile

There have been many one-Test wonders in the history of English cricket, and it would be pardonable to assume that James Cranston was discarded after his one appearance based on an unimpressive top score of 16. In fact, Cranston played a vital role in England winning the 1890 Test series against Australia. Brought into the team at the last minute for the final Test at The Oval, he played two important innings in a low-scoring match. Wisden said that "his defence under very trying conditions against the bowling of Turner and Ferris was masterly". England needed just 95 to win in the final innings, but the scoreboard read 34 for 4 when Cranston came in to accompany Read. When he was dismissed, England needed just 12, which they made with the loss of four more wickets.

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