Full name Geoffrey William Vanderbyl Hopley
Born September 9, 1891, Kimberley, Cape Province, South Africa
Died May 12, 1915, Wimereux, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France (aged 23 years 245 days)
Major teams Cambridge University
Batting style Right-hand bat
|First-class span||1911 - 1914|
Second Lieut. Geoffrey William Vanderbyl Hopley (2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards) died at the age of 23 on May 12 in the Military Hospital at Boulogne-sur-Mer, having been severely wounded in Flanders on February 3. He was in the Harrow Eleven in 1909 and 1910, in the latter season being second in the batting averages with 27.18. In his two matches against Eton he scored 1 and 23, 35 and 8. Proceeding to Cambridge, he obtained his Blue in 1912, making 14 and 6 not out v Oxford, but was unable to keep his place in either of the two following years. In 1914 he gave every promise of regaining a position in the side, scoring 29 and 120 in the Seniors' Match and 86 and 68 in a Trial game, but later he was quite out of form. In 1912 he won the heavyweight boxing for Cambridge. He was brother of Mr. FJV Hopley, and had been a member of the MCC since 1911.
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Is the Universe Boss ready to hang up his boots? Not quite - poor year or not
Also, what is the record for the number of sixes hit in a T20 match?