Full name Charles Ernest Green
Born August 26, 1846, Walthamstow, Essex
Died December 4, 1916, Theydon Grove, Epping, Essex (aged 70 years 100 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Middlesex, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast (roundarm)
Education Uppingham; Cambridge University
|First-class span||1865 - 1879|
Charles Ernest Green died at his home near Epping on December 4. To the present generation Mr. Green was chiefly known as the leading spirit of the Essex County Club, but lovers of cricket whose memories go back to the seventies will remember him as one of the most brilliant batsmen of his day. He learnt the game at Uppingham, being, indeed, one of the first men who earned for that school any cricket reputation. In later years he rendered the school an incalculable service by inducing the late H. H. Stephenson to take up the duties of cricket coach. That step, as everyone knows, produced astounding results, Uppingham during Stephenson's reign turning out a succession of remarkable players. On leaving Uppingham Mr. Green went to Cambridge, and was in the University eleven from 1865 to 1868 inclusive, captaining the team in his last year. Of the four matches in which he took part against Oxford, Cambridge lost those of 1865 and 1866, but won the other two. It was Mr. Green's good fortune to have an exceptionally strong side under his command in 1868, the eleven including W. B. Money, H. A. Richardson, J. W. Dale, C. A. Absolom, George Savile, J. M. Richardson (afterwards so famous as a gentleman rider), and W. S. O. Warner. Of those seven players only Money and H. A. Richardson are now alive. Cambridge gained an easy victory over Oxford by 168 runs, Mr. Green, with 44 and 59, heading the score in each innings. Three years later, in the Gentlemen and Players' match at the Oval, he played the innings of his life. His score was only 57 not out, but the way in which he won the game against time will never be forgotten by those who were so fortunate as to be present. He made his last 27 runs in seven hits, and at the finish he had just three minutes to spare. As different statements have appeared in print it is only right to state that the Gentlemen in that memorable match were left to get 144 runs in an hour and three-quarters. Their victory has been made to appear even more remarkable than it was.
At Lord's, in 1870, for the M. C. C. and Ground against Yorkshire, Mr. Green played a great innings of a different kind, he and W. G. Grace standing up to Freeman and Emmett on a wicket so rough as to be quite unfit for a first-class match. Mr. Grace made 66 and Mr. Green 51, but they paid a high price for their runs, being covered with bruises from ankle to shoulder. The late Mr. Henry Perkins said, after the lapse of over thirty years, that the batting that day was the pluckiest he ever saw., and Freeman and Emmett used, in talking about the match, to wonder how the batsmen escaped serious injury, so dangerously did the ball fly about on the rough ground. Mr. Green played in his young days for both Middlesex and Sussex, and became identified with Essex long before that county took a prominent place in the cricket world. He was fond of recalling the fact that two Cambridge cricketers who threw in their fortunes with Essex-- A. P. Lucas and the late C. D. Buxton--followed him at the University at intervals of ten and twenty years respectively, and, like himself, played four times against Oxford. Lucas was in the Cambridge eleven from 1875 to 1878, and Buxton from 1885 to 1888. Mr. Green was a partner in the firm of F. Green and Co. and a director of the Orient Steamship Company. He was President of the M.C.C. in 1905. Master for a long time of the Essex Hunt, he was even more devoted to hunting than to cricket, being out four days a week every season for years.--S.H.P.
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