William Milton      

Full name William Henry Milton

Born December 3, 1854, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England

Died March 6, 1930, Cannes, France (aged 75 years 93 days)

Major teams South Africa, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Education Marlborough College

Relation Son - JG Milton

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 0 68 21 11.33 0 0 0 2 0
First-class 6 11 0 152 47 13.81 0 0 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 3 79 48 2 1/5 1/5 24.00 3.64 39.5 0 0 0
First-class 6 112 63 4 1/5 15.75 3.37 28.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Mar 12-13, 1889 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 19-22, 1892 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1888-1892
Profile

Sir William Milton is one of the forgotten allrounders of Victorian times, but he managed to play international rugby for England and then, after emigrating to South Africa at the age of 24, to play for South Africa in what were the country's first three Tests in 1888-89 and 1891-92. He left for South Africa after joining the Cape Civil Service in 1878, rising to become Administrator of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) for 16 years until he retired on health grounds in 1914. While there he was instrumental in helping in the spread of sports, especially rugby. He subsequently returned to England before spending his last few years in Cannes. His son, Jumbo Milton, also played rugby for England, but while he played first-class cricket in South Africa, he never made it into the Test side.

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