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Arthur Shrewsbury      

Full name Arthur Shrewsbury

Born April 11, 1856, New Lenton, Nottinghamshire

Died May 19, 1903, Gedling, Nottinghamshire (aged 47 years 38 days)

Major teams England, Nottinghamshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Relation Brother - W Shrewsbury, Nephew - A Shrewsbury jnr

Arthur Shrewsbury
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 23 40 4 1277 164 35.47 3 4 0 29 0
First-class 498 813 90 26505 267 36.65 59 114 377 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 23 1 12 2 0 - - - 1.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 498 16 2 0 - - - 0.75 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1881 - Jan 4, 1882 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24-26, 1893 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1875-1902
Profile

For almost a decade starting in the late 1880s Arthur Shrewsbury was arguably the finest batsman in the world. WG Grace, his main rival for that accolade, was once asked who he'd most like to have in his side, and said simply: "Give me Arthur." With a game built around an impregnable defence based on his pads, Shrewsbury was a magnificent runmaker especially on bad or so-called sticky wickets, scoring many of his greatest hundreds on pitches his partners found impossible to master. The best-known of these knocks came against Australia at Lord's in 1886, when he scored a masterly 164 against the might of Fred Spofforth, on a pitch deemed "impossible" by his peers. Seven years later he repeated the feat, with a well-made 106 - again at Lord's against Australia - in equally trying conditions, on a sticky wicket against Charles "The Terror" Turner. Even in 1902, his final season, by which time he was 47, Shrewsbury managed to top the first-class averages (1250 runs at 50), as he had done half-a-dozen times in his heyday. Sadly, though, he shot himself the following year after a bout of depression. A quiet, humble man, his passing was mourned all over the cricket-playing world - but especially in Nottinghamshire, the county which he served grandly for nearly three decades.

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1890

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Worcs at Derby - Aug 31-Sep 3
Derbyshire 356 & 145/2 Worcs 385
Durham v Notts at Chester-le-Street - Aug 31-Sep 3
Durham 253 & 309 Notts 188 & 197/4
Hampshire v Leics at Southampton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Leics 303 Hampshire 497/8
Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury - Aug 31-Sep 3
Glamorgan 329 & 150/3 Kent 387
Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester - Aug 31-Sep 3
Lancashire 278 & 144/2 Yorkshire 610/6d
Middlesex v Warwickshire at Lord's - Aug 31-Sep 3
Warwickshire 362/8d Middlesex 310/6
Somerset v Northants at Taunton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Somerset 314 & 38/0 Northants 448/9d
Surrey v NZ A at The Oval - Aug 31-Sep 2
Match drawn
4th ODI: England v India at Birmingham - Sep 2
India won by 9 wickets (with 117 balls remaining)
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