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THE REV. G. P. BAINBRIDGE, Vicar of Ganton, near Scarborough, died July 2nd. He was Vice-President of the Scarborough C.C. and a member of the Committee of the Yorkshire County C.C.
MR. CLAUDE M. BAKER, of the Uppingham XI. of 1893, died from heart failure at Beckenham, on December the 7th, at the early age of 28. He was a member of the well-known Kent family, which has given more than one player to the County XI.
A. V. BARNEY,who accompanied Mr. R. S. Lucas"s team to the West Indies in the capacity of umpire, died of rapid consumption at Richmond (Surrey) on July 29th, at the early age of 35. He had been groundsman to the Hampton Wick C. C. for eight years.
HARRY BASS, who had been groundsman at Canterbury for 25 years, died suddenly from heart-failure on January 24th, at the age of 51. He played for Kent on a few occasions in the seventies. He was buried in the Canterbury Cemetery on January 27th.
MR. B. T. A. BELL, who played for Canada v. United States, at Seabright, in 1886, died at Ottawa, on March 1st. He was one of the very few men who have made over 1,000 runs in a single season in Canadian cricket, his aggregate during 1886 being 1,036 for 29 completed innings, average 35.21. He was invited to form one of the Canadian team which visited England in 1887, but was unable to make the journey. He was over 6ft. in height, and was a fine forward player. He was also a splendid field at cover-point.
THOMAS BLAIKIE, for many years associated with cricket in Glasgow, died in July. He was, at various times, engaged by the Brunswick and Caledonian Clubs, as well as at Merchiston, and (for one season) Old Trafford. Whilst coaching at Merchiston he sent out several good players, including Harry and Tom Anderson, Malcolm Cross, and Dickens.
JOHN THOMAS BROWN died at Dr. Kingscote"s Medical Home in London, on the night of November 4th, of congestion of the brain and heart failure. A statement appeared a few days before his death that there were hopes of his recovery from the heart trouble which in May terminated his cricket career, but other complications set in, and despite all that medical skill could do for him, the Yorkshire batsman passed away. As he was only in his thirty-sixth year-he was born at Driffield, on August 20th, 1869-he might, under happier circumstances, have gone on playing for a good many seasons to come. Still, during the time he was before the public he did enough to earn a place among the best cricketers Yorkshire has ever produced. He came out in 1889, and from the first showed such promise that no doubt was felt as to his ultimate success. Bad health checked him for a time, but in 1893 he firmly established his position, and henceforward, allowing for the variations of form to which all batsmen are subject, he was, till his health broke down, one of the mainstays of the Yorkshire eleven. Even so recently as 1903 he stood second to Geroge Hirst in the Yorkshire averages in county matches. Short in stature, but very strongly built, he was a batsman who could get runs under all conditions of weather and wicket. He was an all-round hitter, but his best stroke was his late cut. Few batsmen since Tom Humphrey"s time have been able to score with greater certainty from the short ball pitched on, or just outside, the off-stump. About half-way through his career he developed a wonderful faculty for pulling,but this so often cost him his wicket that he to a large extent gave it up and returned to the ways of orthodoxy. Neat and finished in style, he was, whether he scored fast or slowly, an excellent bat to look at. Of his performances for Yorkshire and other teams it would be easy to write at great length. Having regard to the surrounding circumstances, his greatest day in the cricket-field was, beyond all question, March 6th, 1895, when, at Melbourne, he and Albert Ward won the fifth and conquering Test Match for the first of the two elevens that Mr. Stoddart captained in Australia. The Englishmen had 297 to get in the last innings, and after the second wicket had fallen for 28, Stoddart himself being out from the first ball bowled on the final morning, Ward and Brown put on 210 runs together. Their partnership settled the matter, and in the end England won by six wickets. Brown made 140, and all the reports of the match agreed in stating that his innings was absolutely free from fault. Only those who have seen the Australians fight out a Test game can fully realise the merit of such a display. If he had done nothing else, that one innings would have been sufficient to give Brown a place in cricket history. All through the tour he was a great success in Australia, and Mr. Stoddart certainly made a mistake in not taking him out with his second team in 1897. One of the best innings Brown, ever played at home was his 163 in the Gentlemenand Players" match at Lord"s in 1900, when the Players, though they had to make 501 runs, won by two wickets. Brown was batting for four hours and three-quarters, and only gave one chance. His innings remains the highest ever obtained for the Players against the Gentlemen at Lord"s. For Yorkshire against the Australians, at Bradford, in 1899, he made 84 and 167. His biggest scores were 311 for Yorkshire against Sussex at Sheffield, in 1897, and 300 for Yorkshire against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, in 1898. On the latter occasion he and Tunnicliffe scored 554 together for the first wicket-a record partnership in first-class cricket. At Lord"s in 1896 for Yorkshire against Middlesex, he and Tunnicliffe did an extraordinary thing, making 139 for the first wicket in the first innings, and afterwards winning the game by scoring 147 together without being separated. Brown only played twice for England against Australia in this Country-at Lord"s and Manchester, in 1896. At Lord"s he had a considerable share in winning the match for England, batting with great skill for 36 in the last innings, after a heavy shower in the morning had spoilt the wicket. Personally, Brown was a quiet, pleasant-mannered man, and did not lack the sense of humour proverbially characteristic of Yorkshire cricketers. His benefit match at Leeds, in 1901, was the biggest thing of the kind ever known prior to George Hirst"s benefit at the same ground last year.
The following list of Brown"s best performances in company with Tunnicliffe for the first wicket will be read with interest. It will be seen that the two batsmen scored a hundred or more runs together on nineteen occasions for Yorkshire.
MR. E. BROWNE, for many years Secretary of the Notts County Club, died at Nottingham on December 16th. Mr. Browne was also associated in its early days with the Notts County Football Club.
MR. WILLIAM HENRY BULLOCK-HALL died at Valescure, on the Riviera, after a few days" illness from paralysis, on April 21st. He was a good wicket-keeper, and a batsman of more than average ability. He played for Rugby in 1853 and 1854, and was a member of the Oxford Elevens of 1857, 1858, and 1860. He was contemporary at Rugby with W. J. Kempson and T. W. Wills. In June, 1855, in a match at Rugby between the First XI. and Next XII. (with John Lillywhite and Grundy), he made a score of 72 against good professional bowling, being then but eighteen years of age. In the University match of 1858 he played an innings of 78, which was up to that time the highest score that had been obtained in the whole series of games, he hit five 5"s during his stay at the wickets. While at Oxford he kept wicket very seldom, as B. W. Waud was in residence. He was born April 5th, 1837.
HARRY BUTLER, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, died at his residence on March 20th, at the age of 48. He was in turn professional at Sutton, Sandhurst, Nottingham (with the Notts Commercial C.C.), Preston North End, East Lancashire, and Burnley. He was afterwards with the West of Scotland C.C. for eight or nine seasons, and his career as a professional, which commenced in May, 1877, ended at Scarborough in 1893. He was for many years a very effective bowler.
MR. G. H. CAMMELL, who twice appeared for Eton against Harrow, scoring 5 and 0 in 1870 and 46 not out in 1871, died in Derbyshire, December 18th, 1903. He was a partner in the great Sheffield firm bearing his name. Among his contemporaries were G. H. Longman, A. S. Tabor, Lord Harris, A. W. Ridley, A. T. Lyttelton, and F. M. Buckland. In 1870 the following was said of him:- A very useful man to the eleven, being a steady bat, fair slow bowler, and first-rate point; if he can get out of his present cramped style he will do well with the willow.
THE REV. S. C. CAMPBELL, the last survivor of the Cambridge XI. of 1845, died at Weasenham, Swaffham, Norfolk- where he had been rector since 1878-on March 14th. He was born at Little Dunham, Norfolk, August 26th, 1823, and was educated at Bury St. Edmunds and Corpus, Cambridge.
COL. SIR DAVID CARRICK ROBERT CARRICK-BUCHANAN, of Drumpellier (Lanarkshire), Finlaystone (Renfrewshire), and Glen Carradale (Argyleshire), who was born on September 16th, 1825, died at his residence, Drumpellier House, Coatbridge, on February 8th. He was one of the most liberal supporters the game in Scotland has ever had, and will be chiefly remembered as the founder of the famous Drumpellier Club. Sir David"s first appearance at Lord"s was on July 17th, 1865, when he played for the Gentlemen of Scotland against the M. C. C.. Going in first in each innings he proved the highest scorer in the match for his side, obtaining in the first innings more than twice as many runs as all the rest of the eleven put together. As several good batsmen were included in the Scottish team this was no mean feat for a man almost forty years of age at Lord"s in those days, especially as the runs were made against the bowling of Messrs. E. T. Drake and H. Arkwright. Sir David possessed a very good defence, and hit chiefly forward and to leg. He continued playing until late in life, and his interest in the game never waned.
MR. ERNEST JOHN PLANTAGENET CASSAN died by his own hand on December 24th. A capital bowler in his day, he played for Oxford against Cambridge in 1859, taking nine wickets. He was in his 70th year.
MR. SIDNEY COHEN, who issued the New South Wales Guide and Annual in 1877-78, died at Randwick, Sydney, on April 20th. He was one of the original promoters of the old Albert Ground, Sydney, and in recent years kept the score for New South Wales.
WILLIAM EUSTACE COLLETT, who was born in Lambeth, September 23rd, 1841, died at Kennington on May 2nd. He was a good average batsmen, could bowl fast round-armed, and in the field was generally long-stop or mid-off. He appeared for Surrey three times in 1869, and once in 1874.
MR. JAMES CRANSTON, so well known years ago as a member of the Gloucestershire Eleven, died at Bristol on December 10th. Though his career in first-class matches had for some time been over, Mr. Cranston was a comparatively young man-not quite forty-six. He was born on January 9th, 1859, and played first for Gloucestershire in 1876. In his early days he was an extremely fine field, as well as a good bat. After the season of 1883 he left Bristol, and except for a few appearances for Warwickshire- the county of his birth-nothing more was seen of him till 1889, when he returned to his old place in the Gloucestershire team. Owing to greatly increased weight, his old brilliancy in the field had quite left him, but he was a better bat than ever. Indeed, in 1889 and 1890 he was one of the best left-handed players before the public. Unfortunately, however, his renewed connection with Gloucestershire soon ended. He was seized with a fit during a match in 1891, and although he recovered, he did not after that year take part in county cricket again till 1899 when he played four times, these being his last appearances. His greatest distinction in the cricket field came to him in 1890, when, owing to some difficulties in making up the side, the Surrey committee offered him a place in the England Eleven against Australia at the Oval. The match-played from first to last on a pitch ruined by rain-was a memorable one, England winning, after a tremendous finish, by two wickets. As a batsman, Mr. Cranston proved quite worthy of the honour conferred on him. He only made 16 and 15, but his defence under very trying conditions against the bowling of Turner and Ferris, was masterly. In the last innings, in which England went in to get 95, he and Maurice turned the fortunes of the game after the four best wickets had fallen for 32 runs. Mr. Cranston played a very stubborn game, while Read hit, Turner"s break-coming, of course, the reverse way-seeming to cause far less trouble to him than it did to any of the right-handed batsmen. He and Maurice Read took the score to 83, and looked like finishing the match, but four more wickets were lost before the end was reached. In 1890 Mr. Cranston had a brilliant season for Gloucestershire, being very close to Mr. W. G. Grace, both in aggregate of runs and average. The two batsmen were mainly instrumental in winning a wonderful match against Yorkshire at Dewsbury. Gloucestershire were 137 behind on the first innings, and when they went in for the second time three wickets were lost for 19. At this point Mr. Cranston joined his captain, and by flawless cricket 188 runs were added to the score in two hours and twenty minutes. Mr. Cranston made in all 152-the highest innings he ever played in a big match. Gloucestershire won the game by 84 runs. Earlier in the same season he scored 101 against Yorkshire at Bristol, but in that match Gloucestershire suffered defeat by eight wickets. Strong defence and powerful driving were the chief characteristics of Mr. Cranston"s batting. Few left-handed men have ever played with such uniformly straight bat.
THE REV. EDWARD TYRWHITT DRAKE, who was born at Bucknall, Bicester, in Oxfordshire, on May 15th, 1832, died on June 20th, in his seventy-third year. In Scores and Biographies (Vol. iv., p. 380) he is described as follows:- Is a very fine, energetic, and most active field anywhere, generally, however, taking long-leg and middle-wicket. Bowls slow underhand lobs, twisting in from the leg to the off. At times they are very telling, but the analysis shows that they receive a good deal of punishment. As a batsman (using a bat of great weight) he is one of the most slashing that has yet appeared, hitting at almost everything, and generally sending the ball all over the ground. He was educated at Westminster, and in 1852, 1853, and 1854 assisted Cambridge against Oxford. He appeared for the Gentlemen against the Players on eight occasions, his first match being in 1854 and his last in 1864. In the match at Lord"s in 1857-rendered memorable by Reginald Hankey"s superb innings of 70-Mr. Drake made a great and most praiseworthy effort to win the game for his side. The Gentlemen were set 128 runs to win, but only Drake and Hankey (13) reached double figures, the former scoring 58 against the bowling of Wisden, Willsher, Jackson, Caffyn, and Parr. The Players won by 13 runs, Willsher obtaining five wickets for 26 runs. Like many contemporaries of his he retired from first-class cricket on taking Holy Orders, many bishops considering it improper for their clergy to take part in games on the result of which there was heavy betting. His fame as a cricketer was chiefly due to his skill as a lob bowler, he being ranked as second only to V. E. Walker-longo intervallo, however. Still, a careful perusal of scores leads one to believe that he was of more assistance to a side as a batsman than as a bowler.
MR. G. C. EBSWORTH died at Clifton, Bristol, on November 21st. He was captain of the Rossall Eleven in 1863 and 1864, preceding Mr. G. Savile, whose name also appears in this year"s obituary. Mr. Ebsworth afterwards went to Clare, Cambridge. He was a steady bat and a good wicket-keeper.
MR. LIONEL H. ELFORD, a well-known umpire in the Hastings district of Sussex, was killed on August 17th through being thrown out of a brake (the horses, frightened by a traction-engine, having bolted) near Cranbrook, in Kent, whilst on tour with the Hastings Rovers. He was in his sixty-fifth year.
TOM EMMETT died suddenly on June 30th, in his 63rd year. He had long ago dropped out of the public gaze, his connection with the Yorkshire eleven ending in 1888, but he had assuredly not been forgotten. There was never a more popular professional, his cheery nature, and the inexhaustible energy with which he played the game, making him a prime favourite wherever he went. His closing days were, unhappily, rather clouded, but on this point there is no need to dwell. He was, perhaps, the only instance of a great fast bowler who was skilful enough to remain effective after he had lost his pace. Those who only saw him bowl in the latter part of his career, when his main object was to get catches on the off side, can have no idea of what he was like when he first won fame in the cricket field. His speed for five or six years was tremendous, and every now and then he would send down an unplayable ball that pitched on the leg stump and broke back nearly the width of the wicket. Born in September, 1841, he was rather late in coming forward, being a man of nearly twenty-five when he first found a place in the Yorkshire team. Once discovered, however, he jumped almost immediately to the top of the tree, playing for England against Surrey and Sussex in Tom Lockyer"s benefit match at the Oval, in 1867-his second season. A still greater bowler-the late George Freeman-was getting to his best at the same time, and from 1867 to 1871 inclusive, the two men did wonderful things together. How they would have fared on the more carefully prepared wickets of these days is a question difficult to answer. The important point is that under the conditions prevailing in their own time they were irresistible. It is quite safe to say that a more deadly pair of purely fast bowlers never played on the same side. After 1871 business took Freeman away from first-class cricket, but Emmett found another excellent Colleague in Allen Hill, and in later years he shared Yorkshire"s bowling with Ulyett, Bates, Peate, and Peel. As time went on his pace left him, and he became the clever, dodgy bowler-full of devices and untiring in effort-whom men still young well remember. The charm of Emmett as a cricketer lay in his keen and obvious enjoyment of the game. No day was too long for him, and up to the end he played with the eagerness of a schoolboy. He was full of humour, and numberless good stories are told about him. He went to Australia three times, and was the mainstay in bowling for Lord Harris"s team in 1878-79. During the first of his three visits he took part at Melbourne, in March, 1877, in the first match in which theAustralians ever met an English eleven on even terms. Charles Bannerman scored 165, and the Australians won by 45 runs. No one in this country had any idea in those days of what Australian cricket would become, but Emmett, on his return home, spoke very highly of the Colonial bowling. In the match between Yorkshire and Surrey, at the Oval, in 1881, Emmett, at one time in the second innings of Surrey, took five wickets in three overs without a run being made from him.
In July, 1868, Emmett and the late George Freeman, playing for Yorkshire, at Holbeck, dismissed Lancashire for totals of 30 and 34. Emmett"s analyses were 2 for 11 and 6 for 13; Freeman"s 8 for 11 and 4 for 12.
Emmett bowled in 22 matches for the Players against the Gentlemen, delivering 2,399 balls for 1,128 runs and 38 wickets, average 29.68.
In all matches for Yorkshire he obtained 1,269 wickets at a cost of 12.68 runs apiece.
MR. WILLIAM JUSTICE FORD, the eldest and probably the best-known of the famous brothers, died in London on April 3rd. He was in Repton XI. in 1870, 1871 and 1872, and in the following year assisted Cambridge against Oxford, being put into the team at the last moment, and scoring 51 not out and 11. He was a tremendous hitter, a good field at point, a useful wicket-keeper, and a slow round-arm bowler. Height 6ft. 3in., and weight (in 1871) 15st. 41bs., which by 1886 had increased to 17st. 41bs. He occasionally appeared for Middlesex, and it was when assisting that side against Kent, at Maidstone, in 1885, that he made 44 in 17 minutes and 75 out of 90 in three-quarters of an hour. His longest measured hit was 143 yards 2 feet. He hit out of almost all the grounds upon which he played, including Lord"s and the Aigburth ground at Liverpool. Playing once for M. C. C. and Ground v. Eastbourne, at the Saffrons, he hit J. Bray over the trees, the ball pitching 60 yards beyond them. On another occasion, when playing at Torquay, he hit a ball out of the ground (above the ordinary size), across a road, and so far into another field that it put up a brace of partridges. He made many large scores for the M. C. C., Nondescripts, and Incogniti, his most productive innings being 250 for M.C.C. v. Uxbridge in 1881. At various times he was a master at Marlborough, Principal of Nelson College, N.Z., and head master of Leamington College. Once, in a match at Marlborough, he had made 92 when the last man came in, and, wishing to make sure of his hundred, hit the very next ball with such hearty good will that he and his partner ran ten for the stroke! Of recent years he had been a prolific writer on the game, his best-known books being the histories of the Middlesex County and Cambridge University Clubs, the latter of which will probably become a classic. His article on Public School Cricket had for some years been a feature of Wisden"s Almanack. Mr. Ford must be regarded as one of the greatest hitters the world has ever seen, having been equalled by few and surpassed only by Mr. Thornton. He was born in London November 7th, 1853.
EDWARD FOSTER, who was born at Hastings on July 9th, 1825, and was at one time one of the best-known professional cricketers in Sussex, died at Hastings on May 17th, at the age of 78. He frequently played with success against the All-England Eleven and other well-known touring teams. He never appeared for Sussex, but in 1865 was asked to do so, his place being filled at the last moment by the Hon.F. G. Pelham, now Earl of Chichester. He was a right-hand, round-armed fast bowler.
MR. FREDERICK GALE-well known to thousands of cricketers under his nom de plume of The Old Buffer-died on April 24th in the Charterhouse. Born in 1823, he had lived to a ripe old age. He was in the Winchester eleven in 1841, and appeared at Lord"s that year against both Harrow and Eton. Winchester suffered a single-innings" defeat at the hands of Harrow, but beat Eton by 109 runs. The victory was one to be proud of, as the Eton team included Emilius Bayley, Walter Marcon, George Yonge, and Harvey Fellows. Mr.Gale did not win fame as a player, but no one loved cricket more than he did, or supported it more keenly. He kept up his enthusiasm to the end, and even so recently as the season of 1903 he was to be seen at the Oval-bent in figure, but still full of vivacity. As a writer on the game he was prolific, several books and numberless magazine and newspaper articles coming from his pen. He lived for a good many years at Mitcham, and in those days took the liveliest interest in young Surrey players, delighting in the triumphs of Jupp, Tom Humphrey, and, a little later, Richard Humphrey. A special protegé of his was George Jones, who bowled for Surrey more than twenty years ago, when the county"s fortunes were at a low ebb. Mr. Gale had a high ideal of the way in which cricket should be played, and in his various writings always insisted on the necessity of good fielding. His particular aversion was the batsman who played for his average rather than for his side. Like many old men, he had an abiding regard for the heroes of his youth, and nothing pleased him better, when he found a congenial listener, than to talk about Filler Pilch, Hillyer, and Felix. Still, he could be just as enthusiastic when discussing the batting of W. G. Grace and the bowling of Alfred Shaw. He enjoyed the friendship of John Ruskin, and took the famous writer to the Oval in 1882 to see the Australians.
HIS BEST KNOWN BOOKS WERE:-
MR. EDWARD MILNER HALL, a well-known Derbyshire cricketer, died in June from cancer on the jaw. At one time he was captain of the Staveley Club.
WILLIAM HEARN, the well-known cricketer and umpire, died at Barnet, after a short illness, on January 30th. As he was born at Essendon, in Hertfordshire, on November 30th, 1849, he was in his fifty-fifth year at the time of his death. In Scores and Biographies (Vol. xi, page 278) he is described as An excellent batsman, a middle-paced, round-armed bowler, and fields generally at cover-point, being extremely good in the latter department of the game, and a dead shot at the wicket. In 1878, on the suggestion of Mr. V. E. Walker, he was engaged on the M.C.C. staff at Lord"s, in 1887, while for M. C. C. and Ground he made scores of 177 not out against Notts Castle, 160 against Uppingham Rovers (including Hugh Rotherham and Stanley Christopherson), and 149 against Sufffolk. In August, 1893, the match at Watford, between Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, was played for his benefit, and four years later the M. C. C. showed their appreciation of his services by handing him the proceeds of the match between Middlesex and Somerset, at Lord"s. Hearn was an enthusiastic cricketer, as well as a genial man, and his death at a comparatively early age, was regretted by all with whom he had come in contact. He was buried in the Christ Church Cemetery, High Barnet, on February 4th, several prominent cricketers, including. Mr. Henry Perkins, George Burton, J. T., G. F., and G. G. Hearne being present. At the conclusion of the burial service, Canon Trotter, an Old Harrovian, and a keen devotee of the game, referred to the prestige deceased had gained as a cricketer and umpire, and spoke in laudatory terms of cricket as a game.
George Hearne, the veteran cricketer, who passed away on Friday, December 9, at the age of 75, will be remembered far less for what he did in the field himself than for the fact that he had three sons in the Kent eleven-George, Frank, and Alec. A younger brother of the famous Tom Hearne, who died four years ago, he was associated with Middlesex in the earliest days of the club, playing in several matches on the old Cattle Market ground, Islington-long since built over. When the Private Banks ground at Catford Bridge was opened, nearly thirty years ago, he received the appointment of custodian, and at Catford he lived for the rest of his life, resigning his post quite recently on account of advancing age. Like his sons and his brother Tom he was held in high regard by all who had any dealings with him either on or off the cricket field.
MR. Herbert Jenner-Fust, the oldest of cricketers, passed away on July 30th. The veteran, who played his first match at Lord"s for Eton against Harrow in 1822, was born on February 23rd, 1806, and was thus in his ninety-ninth year. He was the last survivor of the first Oxford and Cambridge match in 1827, and, owing to the calls of his profession, retired from first-class cricket the year before Queen Victoria came to the throne. Still, though nothing was seen of him in great matches after 1836, he played cricket in a more modest way for a long time, and made his last appearance in the field very late in life. It is interesting to recall the fact that when, in 1877, a dinner was given to celebrate the Jubilee of the University Match he was one of the chief speakers, and referred to the changes that had come over the game in fifty years. In his cricket days he was known simply as Herbert Jenner, the additional name of Fust being taken after he had in a practical sense done with the game. How good a player he was in comparison with men of a later date one cannot tell, but in his own generation he ranked high as batsman and bowler, and was still more famous as a wicket-keeper. Up to a short time before his death he was in such excellent health and had preserved his faculties so well-nothing but deafness troubling him-that there seemed every reason to think he would live to complete his hundred years. A letter from him towards the end of 1901 revealed no sign of extreme old age, the hand-writing being quite firm and clear. Herbert Jenner, to speak of him as he will always be known in cricket history, was President of the M C C. in 1833, and was for many years President of the West Kent Cricket Club, holding this position to the end of his long life. It is a curious fact that though he retained a keen interest in cricket he never took the trouble to see W. G. Grace play.
MR. CHARLES LANGTON JONES was born at Liverpool, November 27th, 1853, and was educated at Carlton House in that city. He died most suddenly on April 2nd, at 42, Falkner Street, Liverpool, of heart seizure. He and Mr. E. Roper (who assisted both Yorkshire and Lancashire ) were a great first-wicket pair, especially as members of the Sefton Eleven. The two men put up over a hundred runs for the first wicket more than thirty times during their career. On one occasion they ran up over 200 together against Formby, and in two successive years scored over 150 for the first wicket against Manchester, in whose ranks were Watson and Crossland. In 1876 Mr. Jones assisted Lancashire against Notts, at Old Trafford, scoring 0 and 12, and played once more for the county in 1882. He was a very fair bowler in his younger days, and bowled with success against the first Australian team on August 8th and 9th, 1878, taking four wickets for less than thirty runs.
MR. R. W. KENTFIELD, who was born at Bognor, in Sussex, died in Manchester at the end of October. He was a left-hand medium-paced bowler, who, with more opportunities, would probably have made a name for himself in first-class cricket. He appeared for Lancashire on four occasions during 1888, and for Sussex once in 1894 and once in 1896. For Lancashire against Cheshire, at Stockport, in July, 1888, he took eight wickets for 52 runs, and for Sussex v. Middlesex, at Lord"s, in July, 1894, he obtained seven for 94.
MR. GEORGE LACY, a great lover of cricket, and at one time a well-known critic, died on November 3rd., at Grafton House, East Sandgate, Kent. He was born in Surrey in 1844, and had followed the game closely in many parts of the world. His articles on Present-Day Cricket, which appeared in Cricket in 1897, attracted much attention. He was one of the very few men who could claim to have walked across Africa from East to West before the first Boer War. He was best known in the literary world as the author of Liberty and Law.
E. J. LEANEY, who kept wicket for Kent on a few occasions in 1892, died on September 1st, in the Seamen"s Hospital, Greenwich, as the result of an operation. He was well-known in Metropolitan Club cricket, and has been for many years indentified with the Old Charlton Cricket Club. In 1891-2 he accompanied the English Team to South Africa under the captaincy of Mr. W. W. Read.
MR. CHARLES MARSHALL, of the Rugby Elevens of 1860, 1861 and 1862, died on February 25. As he was born at Cricklewood, in Middlesex, on February 20th, 1843, he was in his 62nd year at the time of this death. He was a sound batsman, a particularly fine field at long-leg and cover-point, and could throw the ball over 100 yards with ease. He was contemporary at Rugby with C. Booth, B. B. Cooper, F. R. Evans, E. Rutter, M. T. Martin, G. P. Robertson, J. S. E. Hood, and T. Case. After leaving Rugby he appeared for Cambridgeshire, Middlesex, Huntingdonshire, M.C.C., Free Foresters, etc. He assisted Middlesex on two occasions only, both times in 1866, scoring 33 against Cambridgeshire, at Cambridge, and 50 against Surrey, at the Oval.
MR. E. G. MCCORQUODALE, of Trinity College, Cambridge, died from appendicitis, at the end of May. He was in the Harrow Elevens of 1899 and 1900, but did not prove very successful against Eton. He was a medium pace bowler, and for Harrow in 1900 took 62 wickets at a cost of a little over twelve runs each. In the match between Cambridge University and Surrey, at Cambridge, in 1901, he injured himself, and, although he had previously bowled, his place was allowed to be filled by L. S. Keigwin, of Peterhouse.
MR. ARTHUR MCEVOY, probably the finest bowler in France, died at 1, Place de l"Ecole, Paris, on July 21st., aged 33, and was buried at Ivry, near Paris on July 24th. For many years he was a member of the Albion C.C., and had several times accompanied Paris teams on tour in England.
MR. ROBERT McNAIR, a well-known Scottish cricketer, died in May. He was associated with the Edinburgh Academicals and Grange, and, although quite blind of recent years, was to the last a frequent visitor at Raeburn Place. He gave up participating in the inter-City matches in 1886.
MR. CHARLES MORGAN, who was born at Greenwich, in Kent, January 29th., 1839, died on July 17. He was a fast left-hand round-armed bowler, but a right-handed batsman, and fielded generally at short-slip. He appeared for the Gentlemen of Kent on a few occasions, and for Surrey four times in 1871. He was well known in Metropoliton cricket circles in connection with the Cival Service, Richmond, Wimbledon, and Streatham Clubs. When assisting Streatham v. Buckhurst Hill, at Streatham, on June 2nd., 1888, he bowled all through the first innings of the latter (which amounted to 33) delivering 50 balls for four wickets, without a single run being obtained from him. His son, Mr. C. L. Morgan, appeared for Surrey a few times in 1889 and 1890.
HENRY MUNNION, who appeared once for Sussex in 1877 and once in 1880, died at Ardingly on June 24. He was a useful bowler, being left-hand, medium-pace. For some years he was engaged at Ardingly College, in Sussex. He was born at Ardingly, January 23, 1849.
THE REV. LATIMER NEVILLE, sixth Lord Braybrooke-born on April 22, 1827-died at Magdelene College, Cambridge, of which he had been Master for fifty years, on January the 12th. He was in the Eton Eleven of 1844, in which year he took eight wickets against Harrow and nine against Winchester. He succeeded his brother in the title in 1902.
CANON ROBERT OWEN, a great cricket enthusiast, died in October, just before celebrating his eight-first birthday. He was educated at Repton and Cambridge, and played occasionally for Staffordshire and Derbyshire. He was an excellent amateur wicket-keeper, and for many years was actively identified with theYorkshire Gentlemen"s C.C. In his young days, before wicket-keeping gloves had been invented, he kept wicket to the tremendous bowling of Samuel Redgate, of Nottingham. While vicar of Boroughbridge, in Yorkshire, the Canon was the the cricket tutor of the famous Gerorge Freeman. He was born in Staffordshire on October 23rd, 1823.
MR. WILLIAM PAGE, who played for the Derby Midland C.C. for twenty-four year 9 from 1872 to 1896), died on September 27. In 1881 and 1882 he was tried several times for the county, but without being able to do himself justice. An accident a few years ago deprived him of the sight of one eye, a circumstance which compelled him to abandon the game.
EDWIN TEMPLE PEIRCE, the oldest professional cricketer in Scotland, died in the middle of June in his eighty-seventh year. He was engaged at various times by the Clydesdale, Caledonian, West of Scotland, Western, Granville, and Dunfermline Clubs. He continued to indulge in the game until very late in life, and was much respected.
THE RT. REV. GEORGE RIDDING, D.D., Bishop of Southwell, died at Thurgarton Priory, Notts., on August 30, at the age of 76. He was President of the Notts County C.C., in 1896, and at one time Head Master of Winchester. He was a brother of Messrs. W., A., and C. H. Ridding, and was born on March the 16th, 1828.
MR. EDWARD JAMES SANDERS, well-known in connection with Devonshire cricket, died at Stoke House, Exeter, on October the 27th, in his 53rd year. For a considerable time he had been in ill-health; in fact, very rarely during the last six years was he able to walk any considerable distance. He will be best remembered owing to the fact that he took two amateur teams to America, the first, in 1855, under the captaincy of the Rev. R. T. Thornton, winning six and losing one of the eight matches played, and the second, in 1886, which was captained by Mr. W. E. Roller in the unavoidable absence of Col. Walrond, M.P., winning eight and drawing one of the nine games commenced. Mr. Sanders, although he did not obtain a place in the Eleven either at Harrow or Cambridge, was a very useful cricketer. He had acted as Treasurer and Hon. Secretary of the Devonshire county C.C., and did a great deal of good for the game in the county. By profession he was a banker, having been a partner in the Exeter Bank until it was amalgamated with Prescott"s, Limited. In 1872, 1873, and 1874 he represented Cambridge against Oxford at racquets.
MR. GEORGE SAVILE, who was born at Methley, near Leeds, on April 26th, 1847, died at Tetbury, in Gloucestershire, on September the 4th. He was in the Rossall Elevens of 1864, 1865, and 1866, being captain the last two years, and played for Cambridge in 1867 and 1868, but against Oxford in 1868 only. His highest score in first-class cricket was 105 for Cambridge University against the M. C. C., at Fenner"s, in 1868, when he made his runs off the bowling of Grundy, Wootton, Farrands, T. Hearne, Biddulph, and Mr. A. J. Wilkinson. He appeared occasionally in the Yorkshire eleven between 1867 and 1874, but not so frequently as could have been wished. It has been recorded of him that, when playing in match in Hertfordshire, in 1874, he hit a ball a distance of 135 yards.
SIR JOHN SCOTT, K.C.M.G., Deputy-Judge Advocate-General to the Forces, and formerly Judicial Adviser to the Khedive of Egypt, died at Norwood on March the 1st. He was educated a Bruce Castle School and Pembroke College, Oxford, and represented his University against Cambridge in 1863, when he bowled 28 balls for one run and three wickets. Scores and Biographies (Vol. VIII-73) says of him:- His bowling was tremendously fast, left round-armed, his great pace at times rendering him very destructive. He also, it is believed, batted left, while in the filed he was generally short- slip. He was born at Wigan, in Lancashire, on June the 4th, 1841.
MR. ALONZO STEPHEN SPRAGG died at Brisbane, on February 12, at the early age of 24. At the time of his death he was captain of the North Brisbane Club. He was, however, better known to fame as a Rugby footballer, being in his time the finest three-quarter back in Australia. A good oarsman in addition, he rowed in the Queensland Eight in 1902. A splendid memorial erected by the Athletes of Australia was unveiled in the presence of thousands of people on July the 24th.
MR. JOHN STANNING, of Leyland, a great supporter of cricket, died at Luxor, on the Nile, on March 5th, from malaria and pneumonia. Several professionals who have made their mark in Lancashire cricket,-e.g., Albert Ward, Sharp and I"Anson-owed a great deal of their success to his generosity. Mr. Stanning, who was born at Bolton, in 1840, was educated at the Manchester Grammer School, Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge. While at Rugby he occasionally indulged in the game, but he never gained distinction as a player. Mr. John Stanning, jun., who has appeared for Lancashire, and who accompanied Lord Hawke"s team to New Zealand and Australia, is his son.
MR. VINCENT TANCRED, a brother of Messrs. A. B. and L. J. Tancred, the well-known South African cricketers, shot himself at Johannesburg on June 3rd, being then but 29 years of age. He was a good all-round cricketer, useful as batsman, bowler, and wicket-keeper, and was among the reserves for the team which visited England last summer. He played for South Africa and the Transvaal against Lord Hawke"s team in 1898-9, and for the Transvaal against the Australians in 1902.
MR. LAWRENCE THOMPSON, who was well-known in connection with the Caledonian and West of Scotland Clubs in the seventies, when, purely for business reasons, he played as T. Lawrence, died at the end of November. He was a fine batsman and a useful change bowler. By profession he was a solicitor, in practice in Glasgow.
MR. W. A. TOBIN, who played for Victoria against New South Wales at Melbourne, in 1880-81, died in Australia in the middle of January. He was educated at Stonyhurst, and was a good all-round player. In 1878, whilst still at school, he played an innings of 49 for XVIII. of Keighley and District against the first Australian team.
MR. H. J. TORRE, of the Harrow Eleven of 1836, 1837, and 1838-he was captain the last year-and the Oxford Elevens of 1839 and 1840, was born at Doncaster February 24th, 1819, and died at Norton, near Warwick, February 2nd, 1904. He was the author of Recollections of Schooldays at Harrow more than Fifty Years Ago.
CHARLES EDWARD ULLATHORNE, was born at Hull, April 11, 1845, and died at Manchester in May. He appeared for Yorkshire from 1868 to 1875, playing fifty innings with an average of 7.21. Ullathorne was a splendid field, especially at cover-point, where he saved any number of runs. In 1874 he played an innings of 59 for Yorkshire United v.Derbyshire, having to contend with the bowling of Mycroft, Platts, and Tye. In the second innings of Yorkshire v. Notts, at Nottingham, in 1869, he batted fifty minutes for one run. The Yorkshire County C.C. granted twenty pounds to his widow, who had been left in some what straitened circumstances.
MR. GEORGE WALSH, who played for Lancashire in 1875 and 1877, died at the end of May.
STEPHEN JAMES WHITEHEAD, who was born at Enfield, in Middlesex on September the 3rd, 1862, died at Small Heath, Birmingham, on June 9th, 1904, the day following the conclusion of the match at Edgbaston between Warwickshire and Essex, the proceeds of which had been set apart as a benefit for Richards and himself. So sudden and unexpected was his death that he visited the ground during the match, apparently in his usual health. He played for Warwickshire, and in all first-class matches in 1894 obtained 73 wickets at a cost of 17.13 runs each. At various times during his career he fulfilled engagements at Oxford, Malvern, and Rugby.
The following Deaths occurred during 1903, but were not chronicled in Wisden for 1904.
MR. JOHN GROSVENOR BEEVOR, who died on the 5th May, 1903, will be remembered in connection with Notts cricket a generation back. Unfortunately he was not able to play much for the county, but on the few occasions on which he appeared he proved himself a batsman of high class. He played an innings of 88 against Surrey at the Oval in 1869, and scored 24 and 53 in the corresponding match a year afterwards. Standing well over six feet high he had a long reach, and was a powerful hitter. Born on January 1st, 1845, he was in his fifty-ninth year at the time of his death. He was in the Uppingham School Eleven for four years-1859 to 1862.
MR. W. S. DEACON died at Poynters, Cobham, on March the 4th, 1903. He was in the Eton Eleven in 1845, 1846, and 1847, and played for Cambridge against Oxford the three following years, being captain in 1850. He was a fine free hitter, and a very good field at cover-point. For Cambridge University against Cambridge Town, in 1848, he played an innings of 54. In the public school matches he got on extremely well, scoring against Harrow 37 in 1845, 51 in 1846, and four in 1847, and against Winchester 10 and 39 in 1845, 41 in 1846, and 74 in 1847. In the Inter University matches he was not nearly so successful, by far his highest score being 36 in 1850. He was born in London on May the 3rd, 1828, and occasionally appeared for Kent, as he resided at Mabledon, near Tonbridge. By profession he was a banker. Height 5ft. 11ins., and weight 12st. 81bs.
MR. H. ST. GEORGE FOLEY, who scored 49 and 20 for Eton against Harrow in 1885, died April 13th, 1903. He possessed remarkably sound defence, and could keep wicket well. He was born June the 3rd, 1866.
MR. F. W. JANSON, of the Westminster Eleven 1878 and 1879, died in 1903. He was a useful bowler, and developed into a very good batsman. For many years he was prominenty identified with the Crystal Palace C.C., for which he played an innings of 252 against Hampstead, in July, 1887, he and the late MR. C. J. M. Fox, who scored 237 not out, adding 331 runs together after the fall of the second wicket. The total of the Crystal Palace innings was 656 for five wickets. He was born on January the 7th, 1862.
MR. FREDERICK AITKEN LEESTON-SMITH, who had played for Brecknockshire and Somerset, died during 1903. He was a powerful hitter, a middle-paced round-armed bowler, and generally fielded at point. In 1881 he played an innings of 204 for Weston-super-Mare v. Clevedon. He was educated at Malvern, but did not obtain a place in the Eleven, leaving there at the age of fourteen. He afterwards went to Christ College, Brecon, where he was in the eleven. He was born in London, May 10, 1854, was 5ft. 101/2 in. in height and weighed 12st. 41bs. In 1880 he assumed the name of Leeston. In a match between Weston-super Mare and Thornbury, he once hit E. M. Grace for four 6"s from consecutive balls, a performance which the latter has described as follows:- F. L. Cole made 1 off my first ball, F. A. Leeston-Smith 6 off the second, 6 off third, 6 off fourth, 6 off fifth, when the umpire said, I am afraid it is over, Doctor. I said, Shut up, I am going to have another, and off this one he was stumped. Weston-super-Mare had to follow their innings. Leeston-Smith came in first, and the first ball I bowled him he hit for 6. The second also went for 6, but off the third he was stumped again.
THE REV. F. E. LONG, who had been Rector of Woodton, near Bungay, Norfolk, since 1875, died April 8th, 1903. He was educated at Eton, where he was in the Elevens of 1833-35, and was subsequently a member of the Cambridge team of 1836, and so a contemporary of Mr. R. J. P. Broughton, who is now the sole survivor. Mr. Long was born August 14th, 1815, being in his eighty-eighth year at the time of his death.
REV. J. M. MARSHALL was found drowned in a river in New Zealand in September, 1903. In an exhibition match against Lord Hawke"s team at Wanganui in the previous season he scored over a hundred. (Referred to in Mr. P. F. Warner"s Cricket Across the Seas.)
MR. PERCY CLIFFORD PROBYN, died on December 25th", 1903, of double pneumonia, at 55 Grosvenor Street, W., at the age of 34. He was in the Westminster Eleven in 1884, 1885, 1886, and 1887, and was a very fine field at cover-point.
P. G. M"SHANE, one of the leading players of Victoria a couple of decades ago, died in Melbourne on December 11th, 1903, in his forty-sixth year. In Boyle and Scott"s Cricketers" Guide he is described as a Very fine left-hand bowler, with great command over the ball; splendid batsman, and has made some fine scores; good field. He did excellent service for Victoria in Inter-State matches for a number of years. While engaged as curator to the St. Kilda Club he had to be removed to Kew Asylum, suffering from a mental ailment, and though he was able to be removed temporarily, a relapse occurred from which he never recovered.
MR. W. W. STEPHEN, at one time Under-Secretary for Lands, and later on Secretary to the Attorney-General, died in mid-October, 1903. He was one of the original trustees of the Sydney cricket ground, the other two mentioned in the deed being Richard Driver and Philip Sheridon.
MR. W. T. WEBB, for some years scorer to the Somerset County C.C., died on December the 19th, 1903, at the early age of 29. He was the compiler of the Somerset County Club Annual for 1896, 1897, and 1898.