The Hon. Charles Coventry      

Full name Charles John Coventry

Born February 26, 1867, Marylebone, London

Died June 2, 1929, Earl's Croome, Worcestershire (aged 62 years 96 days)

Major teams England

Also known as The Hon. Col. Charles John Coventry CB

Batting style Right-hand bat

Education Eton College

Relation Brother - HT Coventry, Nephew - JB Coventry

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 2 1 13 12 13.00 0 0 2 0 0 0
First-class 2 2 1 13 12 13.00 0 0 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
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 25-26, 1889 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1888/89 - 1888/89

The second son of the Earl of Coventry, Charles Coventry played his cricket for Worcestershire, at the time a Minor County, and in 1888-89 was invited to tour South Africa with Major Warton's side. Two of the games were considered Tests. In the first, Coventry, who was making his first-class debut, batted at No.10 and made 12; in the second, he again batted at No.10 and scored 1*. He returned to South Africa in 1896 and took part in the Jameson Raid where he was wrongly reported as having been killed. Arrangements were made for a memorial service back in England but news arrived that he was alive as the service was about to start and it instead became a celebration. He was sentenced to five months in prison for his part in the raid but was released after 24 days due to ill health. A career army man, he saw service in the 1893 Matabeleland campaign and in the Great War took part in the Dardanelles campaign and was later captured in Palestine. For many years he was official starter to the Jockey Club.
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Oct 1, 1888

The first MCC side to tour South Africa under the management of Major Wharton  1888-89. Standing: BAF Grieve, AC Skinner, AJ Fothergill, JM Read, R Abel. Sitting: CA Smith, Major Warton, The Hon. CJ Coventry, JEP McMaster, MP Bowden. Front:  JH Roberts, H Wood. Insets: J. Briggs, G Ulyett, F Hearne.

The first MCC side to tour South Africa 1888-89

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