Full name The Reverend Vernon Peter Fanshawe Archer Royle
Born January 29, 1854, Brooklands, Cheshire
Died May 21, 1929, Stanmore Park, Middlesex (aged 75 years 112 days)
Major teams England, Lancashire, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Only Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 2-4, 1879 scorecard|
|First-class span||1873 - 1891|
Vernon Royle was a capable middle-order batsman who was renowned for his excellent fielding in the covers. Fast over the ground, ambidextrous, and possessing a devastatingly accurate throw, he appeared for Lancashire before obtaining his Blue at Oxford. He toured Australia with Lord Harris's side - where again his fielding won considerable praise - but effectively retired from first-class cricket in 1879 when he started teaching. He was subsequently ordained.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?