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Full name Neil Stafford Hotchkin
Born February 4, 1914, Woodhall Spa Manor, Lincolnshire
Died February 6, 2004, Woodhall Spa Manor, Lincolnshire (aged 90 years 2 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Europeans (India), Middlesex, Services
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Hotchkin, Neil Stafford, died on February 6, 2004, two days after his 90th birthday. He was the last survivor of the first team fielded by the Arabs, the wandering club side founded by EW Swanton in 1935. At a dinner to mark his own 90th birthday, in 1997, Swanton spoke of Hotchkin in an affectionate address: "The most extraordinary thing about him is that as a cricketer he got worse and worse. In the Eton and Harrow match he made 153 in the first year , 109 and 96 in the second year, and 88 and 12 in the third. So he obviously left school thinking he'd get a pair in the next year if he played on... 458 he made, and that's the most that have ever been made in the Eton and Harrow match." Hotchkin did play a little more first-class cricket than that suggests - he opened the batting for Cambridge in the 1935 Varsity match. But apart from three wartime games in India, and a handful of matches for Middlesex, the last of them in 1948, he concentrated on club cricket - and golf, in which he rose to become president of the European Golf Union. He owned the Woodhall Spa golf club in Lincolnshire, where the main course is now named after him.
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