Obituary

Arthur Hill

HILL, MR. ARTHUR JAMES LEDGER, a fine all-round cricketer who played for Marlborough College, Wiltshire, Cambridge University and Hampshire, died on September 6, aged 79. Born at Bassett, near Southampton, he was by profession a banker, and excelled at most games. Tall and stylish, Hill was a splendid batsman with a free, natural approach to the game. He was also a useful fast bowler before taking to lobs, and in addition he was a reliable field, notably at short slip. In first-class cricket Hill hit 20 hundreds, scoring altogether 9,995 runs, averaging 27.91, and he took 278 wickets, average 29.60. He went with Lord Hawke's team to India in 1892-93, America 1894, and South Africa 1895-96, and with M.C.C. to Argentine 1911-12. He played in three Tests in South Africa, scoring 124 at Cape Town.

Hill made his first appearance as a player at Lord's in 1887, a day after completing his sixteenth year, for he was in the Marlborough XI three seasons, during which time he also turned out for Wiltshire (1888). Going to Cambridge, he played four times against Oxford, 1890-93, and in May 1891 he performed the hat-trick for the University against Next Sixteen -- a feat he also achieved the following year for Lord Hawke's team against Madras Presidency at Madras. Altogether his cricket career covered thirty years and finished with him appearing with his son in the Hampshire side.

His best score for the county was 199 against Surrey at The Oval in 1898. In 1904, at Worcester, for Hampshire Hill made 98 not out and 117, and in 1905 at Southampton, in the match between Hampshire and Somerset, he hit 124 and 118 not out. In the second innings he was engaged in a remarkable stand of 150 with Major E. G. Wynyard. Hill was lame and, owing to a damaged thumb, Wynyard could bat with only one hand. Yet Hill made his runs in two hours, hitting one 6, one 5 and twenty-two 4's. He scored 80 while his partner made 7; in fact Major Wynyard spent over an hour getting his first two runs. Hill captained Hampshire teams at Rugby football and hockey, and he was also good at racquets and boxing.

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