Harry Graham

Harry Graham, born at Carlton, Melbourne, November 29th, 1870, died at Dunedin, New Zealand, February 7th, 1911. Graham did many brilliant things as a batsman but scarcely gave himself a fair Chance. Had he ordered his life more carefully he might have had a much longer and more successful career in first-class cricket. His natural powers were great. He did not play with quite a straight bat but he was a splendid hitter with any amount of dash and vigour. When he came to England for the first time in 1893 he was at his best, playing the innings of his life against England at Lord's. No one who saw the match will forget the way in which he and Gregory knocked off the England bowling after Australia had lost five wickets for 75. Graham was very successful all through the tour and headed the averages in all matches, just beating Lyons. However, he was not the same man in 1896 and had to be left out of many matches. He recovered his batting form at home and for a couple of seasons was almost as good as ever, playing two innings of over a hundred for Victoria against South Australia. Taking his career as a whole he was a player of immense possibilities only half fulfilled.

Graham's performances in first-class cricket:--

Inns.Times not out.Most in an inns.Total runs.Average.
In Australia, 1892-3 72 86* 26252.40
In England, 1893 5332191,43528.70
In America, 1893 40 25 30 7.50
In Australia, 1893-4 to 1895-6 250105 69127.64
In England, 1896 322 96 54718.23
In America, 1896 30 5 5 1.66
In Australia, 1896-7 to 1899-1900 3811241,08129.21
In New Zealand, 1899-1900 60169 37362.16
In Australia, 1900-1 to 1902-3 231120 84238.27
In New Zealand, 1903-4 to 1906-7 290 86 68823.72
* Signifies not out.

Graham's hundreds in important cricket:--

219Eighth Australian Team v. Derbyshire, at Derby 1893
169Melbourne C.C. Team v. Canterbury, at Christchurch 1899-1900
124 Victoria v. New South Wales, at Sydney 1898-9
120 Victoria v. South Australia, at Melbourne 1900-1
118 Victoria v. South Australia, at Adelaide 1899-1900
107 Australia v. England, at Lord's 1893
105 Australia v. England, at Sydney 1894-5
103 Victoria v. New South Wales, at Melbourne 1895-6
101 Victoria v. Queensland, at Brisbane 1902-3

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