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
1st Investec Test: England v New Zealand at Lord's - May 21-25
England 389 & 478 New Zealand 523 & 179/7
Kent v Surrey at Beckenham - May 24-27
Kent 282 Surrey 245/8
Lancashire v Derbyshire at Southport - May 24-27
Derbyshire 370 Lancashire 290/3
Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton - May 24-27
Yorkshire 438 Somerset 228/3
Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove - May 24-27
Warwickshire 180 & 180/7 Sussex 191
Worcs v Durham at Worcester - May 24-27
Worcs 323 & 25/0 Durham 198
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