Full name James Douglas
Born January 8, 1870, Norwood Green, Middlesex
Died February 8, 1958, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (aged 88 years 31 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Education Dulwich College; Cambridge University
|First-class span||1892 - 1913|
James Douglas played for Cambridge in the university matches of 1892 and the two following years. Al right-hand batsman and left-arm slow bowler, he was in the Dulwich XI for five years from 1885. In 1889, when captain, he hit 166 against Brighton College, finishing the season with a batting average of 58.66. He became a master at Dulwich College and later had his own school at Godalming, Surrey. From 1893 till 1913 he assisted Middlesex during the school summer holidays. As opening batsman he proved of immense value to the county, first as partner to AE Stoddart and later to PF Warner. In 1896 he and Stoddart shared in three three-figure opening stands in a fortnight -178 v Yorkshire at Bradford, 158 v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, and 166 v Kent at Lord's. His highest innings for Middlesex was 204 against Gloucestershire at Bristol in 1903. Four years later at Taunton, when scoring 180 from the Somerset bowling, he helped in three big partnerships -110 in 50 minutes with Warner for the first wicket, 103 in 55 minutes with HA Milton for the second, and 155 in 65 minutes with Frank Tarrant for the third. He was a member of the Gentlemen's team who beat the Players at Lord's by an innings and 39 runs in 1894, when FS Jackson and Sammy Woods, bowling unchanged in both innings, gained match-figures of 12 for 77 and 6 for 124 respectively. In all first-class cricket, Douglas scored 9,099 runs, average 29.67.
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