Merritt Preston      

Full name Joseph Merritt Preston

Born August 23, 1864, Yeadon, Yorkshire

Died November 26, 1890, Windhill, Yorkshire (aged 26 years 95 days)

Major teams Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Joseph Merritt Preston
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 95 157 14 2131 93 14.90 0 43 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 95 3763 211 9/28 17.83 9 5
Career statistics
First-class span 1885 - 1889
Profile

Merritt Preston was a fast bowler and useful middle-order batsman who played as a professional for Yorkshire between 1885 and 1889. In 1887 he took 52 wickets at 18.73 which was enough to earn him a place in Arthur Shrewsbury's side to tour Australia, although he only played in seven games. He returned to enjoy his best season in 1888, taking 81 wickets at 13.50, including 9 for 28 in the end-of-season festival match against the MCC. He made only four appearances in 1889 and none in 1890. In November 1890 he caught a chill and died. He was 27. He was buried in Yeadon churchyard where, seven years earlier, Albert Ludy was laid to rest after being struck on the head in a club match by Preston nine days after getting married.
Martin Williamson

Latest Photos

Jul 24, 1888

Merritt Preston

Merritt Preston

© Martin Williamson

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Derbyshire v Leics at Derby - May 25-28
Leics 619 Derbyshire 532/8 (141 ov)
Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford - May 26-29
Surrey 369 Essex 215/3 (80 ov)
Glamorgan v Durham at Swansea - May 26-29
Durham 342 Glamorgan 225/6 (59 ov)
Kent v Sussex at Tunbridge Wells - May 26-29
Kent 369 & 116/0 (35 ov) Sussex 164
Northants v Worcs at Northampton - May 26-29
Northants 238 & 53/2 (18 ov) Worcs 434
Notts v Gloucs at Nottingham - May 26-29
Notts 430/9d Gloucs 149 & 37/1 (10.3 ov) (f/o)
Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton - May 26-29
Hampshire 162 & 293 Somerset 197 & 39/0 (10 ov, target 259)
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