Richard Young

YOUNG, RICHARD ALFRED, who died on July 1, aged 82, was one of the few spectacled players to represent England at both cricket and Association football. He established a high reputation as a wicket-keeper and batsman while in the XI at Repton from 1901 to 1904, heading the averages in 1902 when Wisden described him as out and away the best batsman at the school. He captained the side in the last two seasons. A consistent and reliable batsman, strong on the leg-side and in driving to the off, he gained a Blue as a Freshman at Cambridge in 1905 and also played in the University matches of the following three seasons. In 1906 he distinguished himself by hitting 150 against Oxford out of a total of 360, being first in and last out when, with wickets falling fast, he began to take risks.

In 1907 and again in 1908, when captain, he occupied first place in the University batting figures. He enjoyed the honour in 1907-08 of being chosen as a member of the M.C.C. team which toured Australia under A. O. Jones, taking part in two Test matches. From 1905 to 1925 he assisted Sussex as an amateur, his highest innings for the county being 220 in a total of 611 against Essex at Leyton in 1905. In all first-class cricket he scored 6,502 runs, including six centuries, for an average of 28.76 and he brought off 82 catches behind the wicket and 23 stumpings.

A clever and speedy outside-right, Young also represented Cambridge at Association football and was a noted player for the famous Corinthians. He earned an amateur cap against Hungary and also played for the Amateur F. A. against France. For over 30 years he was mathematics and cricket master at Eton till retiring in 1951.

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