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ALLSOPP, SERGT. THOMAS, born at Leicester, December 18, 1882, died at Norwich of influenza on March 7. A very useful player. He had appeared for both Leicestershire and Norfolk.
ALSTON, MR. GEORGE HAY, born February 28, 1859, died at Bickley, Kent, on November 7. He was in the Marlborough XI, in 1877, when he kept wicket well to A. G. Steel's bowling.
ANTHONY, MR. EDWYN, who died in London on August 2, aged 47, was the author of Herefordshire Cricket.
BARCLAY, MR. A. CHARLES, died in Philadelphia on May 25, aged 80. In his young days he had played in representative matches against English teams, and at the time of his death he was the oldest member of the Philadelphia C.C. He was a very useful all-round performer, excelling as a wicket-keeper.
BARODA, THE GAEKWAD OF (MAHARAJ KUMAR SHIVAJI RAO), second son of the Maharajah of Baroda, was born on August 31, 1890, and died in India on December 5. He was a very promising batsman at Oxford and could keep wicket. For the University in 1911 he made 51 not out v. Kent, and in 1912, after scoring 92 in the Seniors' match, made 62 and 0 v. South Africians and 17 and 12 v. Australians. When it seemed possible he might obtain his Blue, he met with an accident which resulted in concussion of the brain. For All India v. Surrey in 1911 he scored 24 and 25, this being his best performance in London.
BARTON, MAJOR CHARLES GERARD, who died at Hatfield Peverel on November 11 of heart failure, aged 56, played for Hampshire and Bombay Presidency. He was a useful all-round cricketer, and in 1891 headed the county's bowling averages with a record of 42 wickets for 9.79 runs each. In the match v. M. C. C. and Ground at Southampton that year he took 14 wickets for 67 runs.
BELCHER, THE REV. THOMAS HAYES, died on November 26. Born at Faringdon, Berkshire, on September 12, 1847, he was in his 73rd year. Mr. Belcher will always have a place in cricket history. He was the second of the victims to F. C. Cobden's memorable hat trick at the finish of the Oxford and Cambridge match in 1870. Of the three players he was the last survivor, S. E. Butler dying in 1903 and W. A. Stewart in 1883. As to his own share in the catastrophe, Mr. Belcher, writing to the Globe in August, 1901--one of the endless discussions as to the details of the sensational finish was then being carried on--declared that he was bowled off his leg. To quote his exact words he said Mr. Cobden is right in saying that the ball which bowled me was of a good length. It entirely beat me, but it touched my right leg a little below the knee on the inside. Of this I am quite certain, but whether this slight touch turned it on to the wicket I cannot possibly say. Mr. Belcher played in the University match only in 1870. He was picked for his bowling and fully justified his selection, taking four wickets for 52 runs and two for 38. He was Vicar of Bramley, Basingstoke, Hampshire, from 1893.
BELL, THE REV. HENRY, Honorary Canon of Carlisle and formerly Chaplain to Lord Muncaster, died at St. Jean de Luz, France, on June 11, aged 81. He was Assistant Master at Marlborough College from 1862 to 1872, where he played a good deal of cricket and had been in the XI. in 1854 and 1855 and captain in 1856. He was born on January 4, 1838. (See The Memorial Biography of W. G. Grace, p. 53.)
BISBER, MR. WILLIAM AUGUSTUS, who died at Virginia Water on April 25, was in the Clifton College XI in 1892 and rowed in the Cambridge boat in 1896 and 1897.
BODDAM-WHETHAM, LT.-COL. A. C., D.S.O. (4th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders), who was killed in an aeroplane accident in Egypt on June 22, aged 35, had played for the Eton Ramblers.
BOLITHO, LT.-COL. WILLIAM EDWARD THOMAS, D.S.O., who was born at Polwithen on July 2, 1862, died at Bath on February 21. He was a member of the Harrow XI in 1880 and 1881, and in the latter year scored 28 and 44 against Eton. At Oxford he obtained his Blue, playing v. Cambridge in 1883 and 1885, in the latter season making 24 and 30. In 1885, too, he visited America as a member of the late Mr. E. J. Sanders' team. He had been a member of the M. C. C. since 1882, and played for Devonshire.
BOLLAND, REV. WILLIAM ERNEST, born May 26, 1847, died at Oxford on May 29. He played for Marlborough College but failed to gain a place in the Eleven. In 1870 he shot for Oxford v. Cambridge.
BOLTON, MR. ROBERT, of the Greyhound Inn, Thirsk, died on February 24, aged 53. For twenty-eight years he was the wicket-keeper of the Thirsk C.C.
BOOKER, THE REV. EDWARD, who died at Uckfield on February 4, aged 37, was in the City of London School XI, and played at Cambridge for the Freshmen in 1901 and the Seniors in 1903. He is better remembered, however, as an Association football Blue.
BOWDEN-SMITH, REV. FREDERICK HERMANN, who died at Bournemouth on February 7, played for Rugby in 1859 and 1860, being captain the latter year, and for Oxford in 1861. On his only appearance against Marlborough--at Lord's in 1860--he played an innings of 50 and took nine wickets. Against Cambridge the following year he made 0 not out and 2, and took two wickets, Oxford losing by 133 runs.
BUCKLAND, MR. ALFRED VIRGOE, born October 3, 1863, died of heart failure on February 12. He played for Marlborough College but did not obtain a place in the Eleven.
BURBURY, LIEUT.-COL. FRANCIS WILLIAM (Rifle Brigade late Royal West Kent Regt.) died in hospital at Murree on September 11. He was educated at Marlborough and Shrewsbury, and was in the latter Eleven in 1881, 1882 and 1883 and captain in 1884, He was a good batsman and a first-rate field. In 1885 he played in the Freshmen's match at Cambridge.
BURROW, THE REV. JAMES ATKINSON, died at Tunstall Vicarage, Kirkby Lonsdale, on April 8, aged 71. He was educated at Sedbergh, where he was captain of the eleven from 1867 to 1869, and was well known in the North of England as a cricketer, having played for Eccleshill, Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal, and Lancaster.
CAFFYN, WILLIAM. Many cricket memories were revived by the announcement that the veteran Surrey player, William Caffyn, died at his home, at Reigate, on Thursday, August 28. Born on Feb. 2, 1828, he had lived to the great age of 91. His fame rests mainly on the fact that he was the best all-round man in the Surrey eleven that, with the late F. P. Miller as captain, used to meet--and twice beat--the full strength of England at Kennington Oval. Of that brilliant band the one survivor now left is Mr. E. Dowson--only ten years Caffyn's junior, but quite hale and hearty. Many other amateurs who played with Caffyn in his prime are still living, but of the great professionals who used to make the match at Lord's between the All England and United Elevens one of the events of the season, only George Wootton, the Notts bowler, remains with us.
Caffyn played his first match for Surrey in 1849, and in the following year--there were very few county fixtures in those days--he headed the batting. From that time he never looked back, becoming more and more prominent as the fame of Surrey cricket grew. He was the leading bowler in the team, as well as the finest batsman. About 1857 he reached his highest point, and right on to 1863 his powers showed no decline. Then came the end of his real career in English cricket. In the autumn of 1863 he paid his second visit to Australia as a member of George Parr's team--he had gone out two years before with H. H. Stephenson's side--and at the close of the tour he stayed behind in the Colonies, accepting a position as coach. While in Australia he played in inter-Colonial matches, but though he did much to develop young talent he scarcely, judging from the scores, added to his own reputation. He was back in England in 1872, and played several times for Surrey that year and in 1873, but it was too late to start over again. His day was done, and, though Surrey were far from strong, he could not keep his place in the eleven. His long stay in Australia lost him the chance of a benefit match at the Oval, but to the end of his life the Surrey Club paid him an annuity of £39.
On the evidence of all who played side by side with him in his great days, Caffyn was a very fine batsman, free and attractive in style and master of a cut that only Tom Humphrey surpassed in brilliancy. Had he lived in these days he would no doubt have made big scores, for he needed a good wicket. The Oval and Fenner's at Cambridge were the grounds that suited him best. On the rough wickets at Lord's he was admittedly far inferior to George Parr, Carpenter, Richard Daft, and the first Tom Hayward. Still even at Lord's against Jackson he was on two occasions seen at his best. As regards his bowling, one is rather doubtful. Right hand medium pace, he belonged to the purely round arm school--he had just settled in Australia when the law was altered--and modern wickets would very likely have been too good for him. Still on the best wickets of his own time he did wonderful things for Surrey and the United All-England Eleven. As an all-round fieldsman he had scarcely a superior.--S.H.P.
Lord Cobham--the Hon. C. G. Lyttelton in his cricket days, and incidentally one of the most brilliant batsmen in England--who played several times against Caffyn in Gentlemen v. Players matches, and also in matches between Cambridge University and Surrey, has very kindly sent the following notes on the veteran as he knew him.--
My recollections, of Caffyn date back sixty years, when I was captain of the Eton Eleven and Caffyn was our coach for a few weeks. He was rather a small man, well and compactly built and very active. I do not think he was a born coach, or that he troubled himself to give much oral instruction, but his bowling, which was slow to medium, straight, and of a good length gave us excellent practice, and much could be learnt from watching his batting which was sound, graceful, and often brilliant.
Until he left England in 1863, Caffyn was always a good man on a side. He never ceased to be a dangerous bat and he was a consistent a scorer as most of his contemporaries. He could hit hard all round, but his most notable hit was his cut, which denoted great strength and flexibility of wrist. I well remember, in a country match, his cutting an over-pitched ball of mine through a big drum, supposed to be at a safe distance from the wicket. It was said that when facing the great Jackson at Lord's, he was apt to show some "softness" and want of nerve, but then Jackson on a characteristic Lord's wicket was a "terror" such as is never seen in these days. Once, at all events, in the 1857 North and South match at Lord's, Caffyn made 90 against Jackson, which long ranked amongst historical innings, with those of R. Hankey, C. G. Lane and others.
Caffyn was a good bowler, but never I think quite in the first rank. His bowling had no cunning or "devil" in it and on present day wickets it could probably be "pulled" or "hooked" without much difficulty. Nevertheless he took plenty of wickets, and runs did not come easily or rapidly from him, as his analysis shows. He was a good and active field.
At Eton, and as long as I played cricket with him, I always thought of Caffyn as a well-mannered man and pleasant to deal with, and this impression seems to me to be borne out by his book--"71 Not Out"--which is written in a modest and kindly spirit, free from jealousy or depreciation of others.
MR. E. Dowson, now, as already stated, the only survivor of F. P. Miller's famous Surrey eleven, writes:--
He was a neat, good-looking, dapper little man. As regards his bowling he bowled a medium pace ball, not difficult to look at, but he nearly always obtained his share of wickets. Curiously enough we were always glad when he had a good innings, as the more runs he made the better he bowled. His batting was always worth watching as he could hit all round, and his cutting was brilliant, especially balls of the bails. He used to get hundreds, which were very few in those days. In my opinion he would have been one of the first chosen in a Test Match. He also was a good field. I must relate one case when he was really frightened. In a match v. Yorkshire at Sheffield a storm came on which deluged the ground. The captains, Mr. F. P. Miller and Mr. W. Prest, both agreed that there could be no more cricket. Poor Caffyn had dressed and got out of the ground when some of the roughs brought him back with his bag, swearing they were not going to be done out of seeing more cricket as they had paid their 3d. Chaffing then commenced and we said we were not afraid to go on. They gathered round Mr. Prest, saying "Are you not ashamed of yourself?" He replied "Yes, that I was born here and amongst such a lot!" The wickets were again pitched and I should imagine never on a wetter ground. The water spluttered in your face as you fielded the ball. However, Mr. Prest was so angry that he came in and won the match himself, hitting the bowling all over the place.
Mr. Herbert C. Troughton writes:--
I saw Caffyn pretty frequently during the years 1859-1863. I thought him an extremely brilliant bat. He had not the defence of Carpenter or Hayward, but he was, in my opinion, far more interesting to watch, as when he made runs, he always made them quickly; he--at least whenever I saw him--acted upon what is supposed to have been the immortal Yardley's maxim--"Get runs or get out." He was rather impetuous and was apt to get himself out by adopting hitting tactics before he had got set. Caffyn had many strokes, and all of them stylish. With perhaps the exception of Lord Cobham, better known as the Hon. C. G. Lyttelton, he was the hardest cutter I have ever seen, and his hitting to deep square leg was brilliant in the extreme. His driving powers, too, especially to the on were quite out of the common, and he had one stroke which he and W. Mortlock alone, so far as I remember, have ever regularly put in force--a huge hit between deep square leg and long on, rather nearer long on than square leg, a stroke that earned him hundreds of runs. As a bowler he was most excellent and did many brilliant things. He seemed to love bowling, and when he did not go on first, his joy, when he was put on, was unmistakable. He had an easy and very graceful delivery, and could bowl equally well, either round or over the wicket. If the wicket gave him ever so little help he could be deadly in the extreme. He generally failed at Lord's, where Jackson's expresses were not to his liking. Indeed though I saw him at Lord's in some eight matches I can only remember his coming off in one match and that was for South v. North in 1861 when he played a beautiful first innings of sixty-five, and supplemented this with an excellent 25 in his second innings, Jackson's bowling, for once at Lord's, having no terrors for him. Caffyn visited America in 1859 and Australia in 1861-2, and 1863-4.
Whilst engaged at Winchester in 1860 he played a single-wicket match on June 25, single-handed against eleven of the Town of Winchester. He had two men to field for him and won by 28 runs. The scores were 35 and 1 against 4 and 4. The match is recorded in Scores and Biographies, VI, 399.
During his residence in Australia he took part in two great single-wicket matches for New South Wales against Victoria--at Melbourne, in December, 1865, and on the Albert Ground, Sydney, in April, 1869--but was on the losing side each time, Victoria winning the first game by 19 runs and the second by a wicket.
CALLINGHAM, MR. THOMAS, who died in a nursing home in London on September 15, aged 64, was a member of the Thames Ditton C.C. for 47 years.
COLLINS, CHRISTOPHER, born at Cobham on October 14, 1859, died at Gravesend on August 11. He played a few times for Kent between 1881 and 1885, and retired from the side at the age of twenty-five as his action was not above suspicion. He was a useful batsman and a fast round-armed bowler with a break from the off. His brother, George Collins, also appeared for the county, as well as (during the last few seasons) his son.
COTTON, THE REV. EDWARD BATHURST, died at Crondall, Hants., on July 14, aged 61. He played in succession for Chatham House School (Ramsgate), Emmanuel College (Cambs.), Essex, and Reigate Hill. He had been Vicar of Crondall since 1886.
COULSON, MR. THOMAS, who died at South Shields on February 13, aged 50, was an excellent batsman. He played for Durham County from 1900 onwards and captained the side from 1907 to 1911. For twenty years, too, he led the South Shields eleven.
DEANE, THE RT. HON. SIR HENRY BARGRAVE, the well-known High Court Judge, was born on April 28, 1846, and died suddenly in London on April 21, aged 72. He was in the eleven at Winchester in 1863 and 1864, when he was regarded as a brilliant fieldsman and useful batsman. In his two matches against Eton he scored only 19 runs. He had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1899.
DISNEY-ROEBUCK, COL. F. H. A., who died in London on January 9, aged 73, had played in his younger days for M. C. C. and I Zingari.
DRAKE, ALONZO. The death took place on February 14 of this well-known Yorkshire cricketer at his home at Westgate, Hanley, near Huddersfield. He was in his 35th year. Drake--left-handed both as batsmen and bowler--first found a place in the Yorkshire team in 1909, having previously played for the second eleven. Tried in five matches, he showed distinct promise, but in the following season he fell below expectation, and it was not until 1911 that he firmly established himself in the side. In that season he had a batting average of 35 in county matches, and took 61 wickets. Thenceforward, until the outbreak of the war put a stop to first-class cricket, he was one of the best men in the Yorkshire eleven. In 1913 he came right to the front as a bowler, taking 102 wickets and heading the Yorkshire averages with the late M. W. Booth next to him. Finally, in 1914, he bowled better than ever, taking 135 wickets and being again practically at the head of the averages. Eclipsing everything he had previously done, he took all ten Somerset wickets in one innings at Weston-super-Mare, his analysis for the full match being fifteen wickets for 51 runs. For some little time before his death he was in a bad state of health. On a wicket that helped him he was a very difficult bowler, and in 1914 he seemed likely to have a big future. He was born at Parkgate, near Rotherham, April 16, 1884.
DUCK, MR. GEORGE NIXON, born at Ridgeway House, Bristol (where W. G. was educated), on February 9, 1831, died at Wallington, in Surrey, on February 10. He played in many matches with Dr. H. M. Grace, and later for Yorkshire Gentlemen, Roxburgshire, Yorkshire United, and Redcar and Cotham, of which team he was for some years the captain. He was interested in the game to the last, and for many years had been a Vice-President of the Beddington C.C.
DUNCAN, MR. D. W. J., died in December. Though he never took a high position in the cricket would Mr. Duncan was in his day quite a prominent batsman in the Hampshire XI. He was at his best in the seasons of 1876-77, making scores--all against Kent--of 68, 58 and 75. His highest innings for the county, however, was 87 not out against Somerset at Southampton in 1884. Hampshire on that occasion ran up the huge total of 645, Mr. E. O. Powell getting 140 and Mr. F. E. Lacey 100. Born on July 8, 1852, Mr. Duncan was in his 68th year at the time of his death. After he had given up cricket he became a well-known writer on golf.
DYKE, REV. CANON EDWIN FRANCIS, born in London on September 27, 1842, died at Maidstone on August 26. He was not in the eleven while at Eton, but was a member of the Cambridge team of 1865, when he was described as a left-handed bowler, with a very curious delivery; also a very good field. Against Oxford he obtained spectacles and took one wicket for 42 runs, Cambridge losing by 114 runs. He had been Rector of Mersham, Kent.
DYMORE-BROWN, LIEUT. HUGH PATTERSON (5th Royal Berks. Regt.), died from pneumonia following influenza on February 21, aged 22. He was in the Reading College XI.
EASTMURE, MR. ARTHUR LIONEL, born at Greenwich on April 28, 1858, died at Toronto on September 29. For 18 years he was President of the Church and Mercantile Cricket League of Toronto.
ECCLES, MR. ALEXANDER, born at Preston on March 16, 1876, died suddenly at Bilsborough Hall, near Preston (Lancs.) while ploughing on March 18. He was in the Repton XI in 1893-4-5, being captain the two last years, and appeared for Oxford v. Cambridge in 1897-8-9, playing an innings of 109 in 1898. Playing for Lancashire between 1898 and 1907, he scored 3,771 runs with an average of 24.25, and occasionally captained the side. Good bat as he was, Mr. Eccles never quite fulfilled the hopes at one time entertained of him. His 109 against Cambridge was such a splendid display that it suggested great things.
EGLINGTON AND WINTON, THE 15TH EARL OF (GEORGE ARNULPH MONTGOMERIE), was born on February 23, 1848, and died at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire, on August 10. He was for many years an enthusiastic patron of the game in Scotland, and in 1898 played a not out innings of 101 against Officers of Ayr Garrison.
ELLIS, MR. HENRY VAUGHAN, who died suddenly of heart failure on November 1, aged 73, was in the Rugby School XI. in 1862 and captain in 1863 and 1864. In all three years he played against Marlborough, but in not one of the three matches did he reach double figures.
ESTRIDGE, MR. EDWARD, who died at Abingdon on August 30, aged 76, was a former captain of Tonbridge School, where he was in the eleven from 1858 to 1861. For 38 years he was a master at Repton.
FITZPATRICK, MR. CLIFFORD WILLIAM, born at Roundhay, Leeds, on September 3, 1894, died in Cleveland (U.S.A.) on March 24. He a well-known member of the Cleveland eleven.
FRITH, MR. CHARLES, who died at Dunedin in April, had played for Canterbury many years earlier, and later for Otago, as a right-handed, medium-paced bowler.
FRYER, WILLIAM HENRY, born at Greenwich on March 29, 1829, died at Loose, near Maidstone, on January 23. At his best he was a free and hard-hitting batsman and an excellent wicket-keeper. He played for Kent from 1852 to 1872, taking part during those years in 74 matches. In 49 of those games he kept wicket, catching 48 men and stumping 22. His highest score was 65 against Sussex at Brighton in 1864. In September, 1862, he met with a most unfortunate accident, being thrown out of a trap and, as the result, losing the sight of his right eye. He continued to appear for the County, however, batting successfully, but seldom keeping wicket. He was also useful as a change-bowler, and against England at Lord's in 1864 took eight wickets in an innings for 40 runs. Two matches were played for his benefit--Kent v. XVIII of Mote Park in 1862 and Kent v. Surrey, also at Maidstone, in 1870. For some years he proved himself an excellent umpire, and he was in every way a worthy man.
GARNETT, MR. CHARLES ARTHUR, who died in British Columbia on September 3, aged 79, was educated at Eton and Cheltenham, and was in the latter eleven in 1858. In 1860 and 1862 he was in the Oxford eleven, but against Cambridge did very little, scoring only 5, 1 not out, 0 and 1, and taking no wicket for 19 runs. He was born at Manchester on January 15, 1840, and had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1881.
GARRETT, MR. HENRY S., who died at Toronto on September 3, was a member of the Parkdale C.C. of Toronto.
GODBY, MR. CHARLES VINCENT, died in London on October 22, aged 74, having been born on January 17, 1845. He was in the Winchester XI of 1864, when he scored 0 and 25 against Eton. He had a pretty style of batting, could hit well, and fielded capitally at point.
GREEN-PRICE, REV. HERBERT CHASE, who died at Pembridge Rectory on October 24, aged 64 played for Radnorshire from 1885 until 1888. He was educated at Eton, but was not in the eleven.
GREGORY, MR. DAVID WILLIAM, who died at Sydney on the 4th of August, will be for ever famous in cricket history as the captain in 1878 of the first Australian team that came to England. The victory of that team in one afternoon at Lord's over a very powerful M. C. C. eleven marked the beginning of a new era. English cricketers realised that day that their supremacy was no longer unchallenged. It was a rude shock, but the game received a tremendous impetus. One of a family of cricketers, David Gregory in 1878 was only thirty-three, though with his full beard he looked considerably older. He was born at Woolloongong, New South Wales, on April 15, 1845. Except as a tactful leader, who readily accommodated himself to strange conditions, Gregory did not earn much distinction on English cricket grounds. It was a dreadfully wet summer, and no doubt the slow, treacherous wickets were too much for him. His best score in the eleven-aside matches was 57 against the Players at Prince's towards the end of the tour, and his average only 11. Like many Australian batsmen in those early days he had no grace of style to recommend him, but his defence was stubborn and he lacked neither pluck nor patience. When for once--against Middlesex at Lord's--he found himself on a good wicket he got on very well, making 42 in each innings. Both before and after his visit to England Gregory was a regular member of the New South Wales eleven. In the Inter-Colonial matches with Victoria he scored 445 runs in 28 innings, three times not out, with an average of 17.80. His best innings were 85 at Melbourne and 74 at Sydney. In his time, be it remembered, Australian wickets did not approach their present perfection. It was Gregory's privilege to play for Australia at Melbourne in March, 1877, when Australia beat James Lilly-white's team--the first victory over England on even terms--and also in the return match, when the Englishmen were successful. He had no share in the victory, but in the second match he scored 1 not out and 43. For some years he was honorary secretary of the New South Wales Cricket Association.--S.H.P.GRESHAM, MR. ARTHUR LABORDE, who died in New York on January 24, was born in Trinidad on July 8, 1885. He played chiefly with the Bensonhurst C.C., and was the club's secretary in 1912 and 1913.
HALLIWELL, MR. ERNEST AUSTIN, the famous wicket-keeper, an Englishman by birth, who died at Johannesburg in October after an operation for gangrene of the leg, made his name as a cricketer in South Africa, and was associated almost exclusively with South African cricket. His reputation dated from 1894, when he returned to this country as a member of the first South African eleven. The team as a whole did not attract any large amount of public attention, but it was generally agreed that Halliwell as a wicket-keeper ranked among the very best men of the day. When he came here again in 1901 with the second team from South Africa he was found to be even better than before. By that time the old plan of standing up to fast bowling had been to a large extent abandoned, but Halliwell stood up to Kotze, and the manner in which he took that bowler of tremendous pace aroused general admiration. Visiting England once again, in 1904, he stood up to Kotze for a few matches, but afterwards fell in with the prevailing fashion and went back. While of opinion that on the matting wickets of South Africa, on which the ball comes along at much the same height all through the day, standing up was preferable, he eventually came to the conclusion that on English wickets the plan of going back, resulting as it did in a greater number of catches, paid best. Still he retained a strong liking for the old method.
Having birth qualification for Middlesex--he was the son of R. Bissett Halliwell, who kept wicket for Middlesex in the old days at the Cattle Market ground at Islington--he made one appearance for that county towards the end of the season of 1901. He also appeared for Gentlemen v. Players at Hastings. His was a clear case of inherited talent. Making full allowance for the vastly better wickets on which he played, it is not unfair to say that he was a much finer wicket-keeper than his father, though the latter was good enough to be chosen for Gentlemen v. Players. In addition to being a superb wicket-keeper, E. A. Halliwell was more than useful as a batsman. In September, 1892, at Johannesburg, in a match between the Mother Country and Colonial Born, he and T. Routledge scored 289 together, this being for some years the first wicket record in South Africa. Halliwell made 139 not out and Routledge 147 not out. They were together only an hour and three-quarters, their side having been set the impossible task of getting 347 in that time. Born at Ealing on September 7, 1864, Halliwell had completed his 55th year.--S. H. P.
HEUGH, MR. WILLIAM, one of South Africa's pioneer cricketers, died at Johannesburg in June, aged 68. He was a good bat and played for King William's Town in the Champion bat Tournament at Port Elizabeth in 1875-6. In 1891-2, also, he appeared for XV of Transvaal against the English team.
HILLINGDON, 2ND LORD (MILLS, CHARLES WILLIAM), was born on January 26, 1855, and died on April 6, aged 64. He had been President and Captain of the Uxbridge C. C. and possessed a private ground at Wildernesse, Sevenoaks. Since 1877 he had been a member of the M. C. C.
HILLYARD, THE REV. ARTHUR, who died at Upton Pyne, near Exeter, on May 31, aged 65, played for Pembroke College (Oxford) and Free Foresters, and occasionally for Warwickshire. In 1867 and 1868 he ran in the Hurdles for Oxford v. Cambridge.
HOUGHTON, THE REV. EDWARD JAMES, Hon. Canon of Worcester and for 40 years Vicar of Blockley, died in his Vicarage on October 21, aged 85. He was in the Rossall XI in 1854 and 1855 and captain both years. Later he was member of the Christ Church XI, Oxford.
HOWARD, MR. JOSEPH H., who died at Winnipeg on January 1, aged 24, played for the Kentish Association C.C. of Winnipeg.
HULTON, MR. CAMPBELL ARTHUR GREY, born on March 17, 1846, died in London on June 23. He not in the Eleven while at Rossall, but played a few times for Lancashire between 1869 and 1882. In 1888 he was elected a member of the M. C. C., and for many years he managed the Sussex Schools Tours. He was appointed to the Committee of the Club in 1913.
HYETT, MR. FRANK, born on February 9, 1882, died in Melbourne of influenza in April. He had been associated with the Brunswick and Carlton Clubs, and had appeared with success for Victoria. In his first match for the State he scored 108 not out v. Tasmania. He was well known in Labour circles as the Secretary of the Victorian Railway Union.
INGE, LIEUT.-COL. JOHN WALTER, who died at Hollywell Lodge, Oxford, on January 9, aged 79, had played for the Free Foresters.
JOHNSON, MAJOR T. H. F. (Dorset Regt.), who died of pneumonia on March 9, aged 39, was a member of the Bradfield College XI in 1898, when he scored 114 runs with an average of 10.36.
JOHNSON, THE HON. GEORGE RANDALL, who died at Fenton Court, Honiton, on November 24, had reached the advanced age of 86. He was born at Lavenham, Norfolk, on November 7, 1833. He was captain of the Cambridge University eleven in 1855 and kept his place--under the leadership of Joseph McCoemick and J. M. Fuller--in the two following years. In 1856--when Joseph Makinson's all-round cricket determined the result--he was on the winning side, but Oxford won in 1855 and 1857. His best score against Oxford was 24 in 1855, but in the three matches he took twelve wickets. His bowling would seem to have left him in 1857 as he was not put on in Oxford's first innings and only sent down eight overs and a ball in their second innings though the total reached 261--a big score at Lord's in those days. In Scores and Biographies he is described as a quick and lively hitter, a good field, generally at point, and a middle-paced round-arm bowler. His best scores were 73 for the University v. Gentlemen of Cambridgeshire (with Arnold and Reynolds) in 1857, 60 for Past (with Jackson and Parr) v. the University in 1858, 51 for M. C. C. and Ground v. Oxford University in 1859, and 66 for M. C. C. and Ground v. Cambridge University in 1860. At Lord's in 1855, he took 4 wickets for 7 runs for 16 of Cambridge University Past and Present v. the United All England XI. He was a distinguished member of I Zingari and played a great deal for the club. Mr. Johnson lived in New Zealand for many years, and was a member of the Legislature from 1872 to 1890. He was the father of the brilliant Somerset batsman. P. R. Johnson.--S. H. P.
KYLE, MR. JAMES H., a good length bowler and useful batsman, died suddenly of heart failure in Melbourne, on January 11, just after batting in a junior match between Middle Park and Brunswick. He played senior cricket for Hawksburn and South Melbourne, and was a member of the latter's team to New Zealand in 1912-13, when he was the best bowler and third in batting. At Melbourne in 1910-11 he played an innings of 50 for Victoria v. New South Wales. In a club match in 1906-7 he took in a tenth wicket stand of 220.
LATTER, MR. BERTRAM HENRY, who died at Bromley, Kent, on October 7, as the result of an accident, aged 61, was a member of the Christ Church (Oxford) Eleven from 1878 to 1881, and subsequently played much for the Bickley Park C. C. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Oxford played for the Freshmen in 1878, and the Seniors in 1881.
LAVER, MR. FRANK, who died in Melbourne on September 24, was probably a better batsman on Australian wickets than he ever proved himself in this country. Otherwise he would hardly have secured a place in the great team that came here in 1899, as at that time he was not regarded as more than just a change bowler. During the tour he scored 859 runs, and, with ten not-outs to help him, had an average of 30, but his style of batting was so ungainly that even when he did well very little was thought of him. No serious demands were made upon him as a bowler in 1899, the side being so strong, but he came off on the last day of the Test match at Lord's, when England for the moment seemed to have a chance of making something like a fight after having been hopelessly out-played. With tempting balls on the off side he got Hayward, Tyldesley. and Jessop caught in quick succession, this surprising bit of work making Australia's victory absolutely certain.
In 1905 and 1909 Laver's experience were altogether different. He came over as manager in 1905, and only expected to play now and then, but circumstances forced him to the front, and for fully a month he was the best bowler in the team, his success culminating in the Test match at Nottingham, when in England's first innings he took seven wickets. After that, probably from overwork, he fell off, but he was recovering his form towards the end of the trip. A tall, powerful man, he bowled medium pace, with an excellent command of pitch, and no doubt his height helped to make the flight of the ball deceptive. English batsmen considered him a very good but not an exceptional bowler, and often wondered why they fared so badly against him. Some of them thought that on fast wickets he ought generally to have been punished as MacLaren punished him at Trent Bridge in 1905, but perhaps his bowling was not so easy to hit as it looked to be. In 1909, when Australia won the rubber of Test matches by two to one and had all the best of two drawn games, Laver headed the bowling averages with a record of seventy wickets for just under fifteen runs apiece, but he played in less than half the matches. He had a great day against England at Manchester, taking eight wickets and having only thirty-one runs hit from him. He was born on December 7, 1869.--S.H.P.
LEY, MR. WILLIAM HENRY, who died in London on July 21, aged 71, was in the Winchester XI of 1866. He was a bowler with a dangerous break from leg, but against Eton took only three wickets. He had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1896. He was Clerk in the House of Commons from 1865 to 1908 and Clerk of the Journals from 1895 to 1908.
LITTELJOHN, MR. ARTHUR RIEUSETT, died in a nursing home in London on December 8. His connection with first-class cricket did not last long, his medical work leaving him little time for three-day matches, but he made a very distinct mark. Indeed, when he played for Middlesex in the early part of the season in 1911, his bowling (right hand slow to medium pace) caused something approaching a sensation. In five matches he took 37 wickets: his greatest success was against Lancashire, fifteen wickets falling to him, and Middlesex winning the game in a single innings. Helped by no peculiarity of delivery, and breaking to a very small extent from leg, he did not look to be at all a difficult bowler, but he had one sovereign merit. His command of pitch was so great that one could have counted quite easily the number of bad length balls he sent down in an innings of normal duration. The result was that even the most adventurous batsman treated him with considerable request. His skill had been acquired by long and assiduous practice. He had to give up playing as soon as he had established a reputation, and when he reappeared for Middlesex in 1912 he did not repeat his success, proving ineffective and very expensive. Probably he was not in the same form as before, but he had to bowl a good deal on slow wickets and they did not suit him. He was always at his best on a lively pitch. In Metropolitan Club Cricket he obtained many large scores, and in making 160 for Ealing v. Pallingswick on the Ealing ground on July 8, 1905, he and his brother, Dr. E. S. Littlejohn (191 not out), added 322 together for the second wicket. Born at Hanwell on April 1, 1880, he was in his 40th year at the time of his death.--S. H. P
LOWRY, MR. WILLIAM CHALKLEY, born on June 11, 1860, died at Moorestown, N.J., on June 29. An excellent slow bowler, he played for Haverford College, the Gentlemen of Philadelphia, and the United States. For many years he played with success with the Merion C. C. During his visit to England in 1884, when he took 110 wickets for 12.79 runs each, his bowling was the feature of the tour.
MACGREGOR, MR. GREGOR, It was a shock to all lovers of cricket to learn on August 20 that Mr. Gregor MacGregor was dead. Still in early middle-age, he would had he lived another week have completed his 50th year. To be quite exact, he was born in Edinburgh on August 31, 1869. He was a prominent figure in first-class cricket of roughly speaking, twenty seasons, playing his last matches for Middlesex in 1907. Fame came to him before he was 20. After two years in the Uppingham team he went up to Cambridge, and as soon as he was seen at the University ground in the spring of 1888 it was realized that a wicket-keeper of extraordinary ability had been found. He gained his Blue at once, and during his four years at Cambridge he was one of the stars of the eleven. Alfred Lyttelton had left behind him the reputation of being the best wicket-keeper Cambridge had ever possessed, but even his warmest admirers--among them A. G. Steel--were forced to admit that MacGregor surpassed him, his superiority lying chiefly in the fact that he took the ball much closer to the wicket, and was in consequence the quicker stumper. In catching there was little to chose between the two men.
It was MacGregor's good fortune to be associated all through his Cambridge career with S. M. J. Woods. In those days Woods was the fastest amateur bowler in England and a terror to the Oxford batsmen at Lord's. The fashion of standing back to fast bowling had not then become general among wicket-keepers, and it is difficult to say how much Woods owed to MacGregor's fearless skill. To see the two in the University match was something never to be forgotten. Putting on all his pace, Woods was apt to be a little erratic in pitch, but MacGregor--quite imperturbable--was equal to every emergency. Their first match together against Oxford had to be left drawn--even a fourth day was of no use in the dreadful summer of 1888--but in the three following years Cambridge had a succession of victories. Woods was captain in 1890, and in 1891 he played under MacGregor. Their cricket skill was not greater than their personal popularity. They held high rank among the heroes of the cricket field. Cambridge days over, their paths diverged, Woods playing for Somerset and MacGregor for Middlesex, but they were associated for many a year in the Gentlemen v. Players matches at Lord's.
MacGregor was a brilliant wicket-keeper as long as he played cricket, but he was at his very best in his early years, when he had no English superior except Pilling. He kept wicket for England against Australia at Lord's and the Oval in 1890, and at Lord's, the Oval, and Manchester in 1893, doing himself full justice on all occasions. When the Australians came here in 1896 he gave place to Lilley, and Test matches knew him no more. Still, he remained a force in county cricket, following A. J. Webbe as captain of the Middlesex eleven. His most exciting experience for England against Australia was in the Oval match in 1890. He was in at the finish with Jack Sharpe, the Surrey bowler, and England scrambled home by two wickets. A desperately short run settled the business, the ball being returned to the middle of the pitch. Had the ball been thrown to either end a run-out would have been inevitable. MacGregor went once to Australia, going out with Lord Sheffield's team in the winter of 1891-92. That tour did not add to his fame. He was not up to his highest standard as a wicket-keeper and Australian critics, having expected so much, were disappointed.
MacGregor's interest in cricket did not decline in even the slightest degree when he dropped out of the public eye. A few weeks before his death he followed the Gentlemen and Players match at Lord's as eagerly as if he had been taking part in it himself. For some time and up to the end of his life he was honorary treasurer of the Middlesex County Club.
While not attaining as a football player to the exceptional excellence which characterised his skill as a wicket-keeper, Gregor MacGregor earned much fame on the Rugby field. In 1889 and 1890 he appeared as full back for Cambridge against Oxford, showing himself a fine tackler and very accurate kick. In the same season that he first appeared for Cambridge, International honours fell to his share. Indeed, he was chosen by the Scottish Union to appear for Scotland in all three International matches. A similar distinction befell him in 1891 and 1893--he was out in Australia with Lord Sheffield's cricket team in 1892--and in 1894 he played against England and Wales, his final appearance in an International game being in that between Scotland and England, decided at Hampden Park, Glasgow, in 1896. Although he began and finished his career in great matches as a full back, MacGregor played mostly in those games as a centre three-quarter--those were the days of the three three-quarter system--and, thanks to his fine turn of speed and a safe pair of hands, he ranked with the foremost Rugby men of his day. In the course of his career he appeared on several occasions for Middlesex. On one of these, when the four three-quarter system had come into vogue, he had for his colleagues A. E. Stoddart, A. J. Gould, and G. T. Campbell--all also Internationals. One glorious bout of passing these famous four brought off, but for all that Yorkshire proved victorious.--S.H.P.
MAHAFFY, DR. SIR JOHN PENTLAND, G.B.E., C.V.O., D.D., Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, was born in Switzerland on February 26, 1839, and died in Dublin on April 30. It was said of him: A good bat, hits well to leg: a first-rate medium-paced bowler, distinguished for hard work. He was coached by Luke Greenwood, and played for both Dublin University and the Gentlemen of Ireland. In 1866 he obtained 40 wickets for the University at a cost of only 5.82 runs each.
MAITLAND, MR. WILLIAM JAMES, C.I.E., who was born at Edinburgh, on July 22, 1847, died in a nursing home in London on May 8. He was in the Edinburgh Academy XI, and subsequently kept up the game in India. Elected a member of the M.C.C. in 1867, his highest score for the Club in first-class cricket was 57 v. Cambridge University at Lord's in 1868. Scores and Biographies (x-407) said of him: A good average bat, a hard hitter, and in the field is generally long-leg or cover-point.
MICKLEM, MR. LEONARD, who died on July 7, aged 74, was in the Eton XI in 1865, when he was described as A good and sure bat, playing in splendid form; a great punisher of loose bowling; a brilliant field at long-leg, a fine thrower and safe catch. He headed the Eton averages with 27 runs an innings. Against Winchester he scored 16 and v. Harrow 27 and 13. He had bee a member of the M.C.C. for 51 years.
MIDDLEBROOK, WILLIAM, the well-known fast bowler, who was born at Morley, on May 23, 1858, died suddenly on April 26. He played in 23 games for Yorkshire in 1888 and 1889, taking 77 wickets for 16.49 runs each and making 139 runs with an average of 5.14. At different times he was associated with the Morley, Preston, Bradford and Leeds Buckingham Clubs. In May, 1891, he and Amos Marshall, playing for Bradford, dismissed Dewsbury and Savile for two runs.
MIDDLETON, MR. HOWARD W., JUN., a useful member of the Philadelphia C.C., died in Philadelphia on March 2, aged 19.
MILES, MR. AUDLEY CHARLES, who died at Malmesbury on September 10, aged 63, was in the Eton XI in 1873 and 1874. He was a first-rate field and a sure catch, and had been a member of the M. C. C. since 1875. In his four Public School matches he scored 9 and 18 v. Winchester, and 5,14,0 and 14 v. Harrow.
MORLEY, THOMAS, born at Sutton-in-Ashfield in 1862, died at Norwich on October 31. He was a useful batsman and fast bowler, and a brilliant field. After playing for Notts. v. M. C. C. and Ground in 1887, he went to Norfolk and for 13 years played successfully for that county. In 1894 he took 56 wickets for nine runs each, and three years later obtained 52 for eleven runs apiece. For some seasons, too, he represented Norfolk as goalkeeper at Association football.
MYERS, MATTHEW, born at Yeadon on April 12, 1851, died suddenly at his native place on December 8. Useful all-round, he played 23 times for Yorkshire between 1876 and 1881, scoring 586 runs with an average of 15.42.
NEWMAN, MR. WILLIAM, the last surviving member of the old Montpelier C.C., which played so prominent a part in the formation of the Surrey County C.C., died in London on November 21, in his 100th year. He probably saw more cricket at the Oval than any other spectator.
NUTTALL, MR. WILFRED, who died on November 27, was one of the best-known East Lancashire cricketers. He played for Blackburn in the Lancashire League for many seasons, being a sound batsman and smart field.
PARKER, MR. JACOB, who died at Birstall, in September, aged 68, was Captain of the Batley C.C. when they won the Yorkshire Challenge Cup in 1884 and 1885.
PERCH, J., for thirty years groundsman to the Granville (Lee) C.C., died on April 2.
PHILLIPS, HARRY, the veteran Sussex wicket-keeper, died at Hastings on July 4 in his 75th year. He was born at Hastings on October 14, 1844, and lived all his days in the town. It was Phillips' misfortune to be a little overshadowed by wicket-keepers more gifted than himself. He was first-rate--wonderfully nimble and clever--but not quite equal to Pooley and Pinder at the start of his career or in later years to Pilling and Sherwin. For this reason he was largely restricted to county cricket. The M.C.C. picked him for the Players at Lord's in 1873--a choice he abundantly justified--but his only other appearances against the Gentlemen were in John Lillywhite's benefit match on the old Brighton ground in 1871 and at Hastings in 1891--the year curiously enough in which he took leave of public cricket. Coming out for Sussex in 1868 he kept wicket for the county right on till 1888. In the following year he played in a few matches and in 1891 he played once. As a wicket-keeper he was physically well-equipped. He was ambidextrous and, for a man of his short stature, he had very long arms. His success was at times astonishing. For Sussex against Surrey at the Oval in 1872 he caught five batsmen and stumped five, and against Kent at Brighton in 1884 he caught three and stumped five. These were the most conspicuous of many remarkable feats. Phillips had small pretensions as a batsman--his average for Sussex during his whole career works out at a trifle over eleven--but he enjoyed one day of greatness. For Sussex against the Australians at Brighton in July, 1884, he played an innings of 111, he and Mr. G. N. Wyatt putting on 182 runs for the eighth wicket. The fact of his making such a score against Spofforth, Palmer, Giffen, Boyle, W. H. Cooper, and Midwinter bewildered the good people of Brighton, but it is safe to say that no one was quite so astonished as Phillips himself. He played very well, but Spofforth and Palmer were stale and dispirited, England having beaten Australia in a single innings on the previous day at Lord's. Phillips was always the cheeriest of cricketers. No day was long enough to damp his good spirits.--S.H.P.
PRIDE, TOM, who was born on July 23, 1864, died at Canobie, on February 16. A very useful batsman and fine wicket-keeper, he appeared in three matches for Yorkshire in 1887 and 1888 and also, more often, for Perthshire. In 1894 he played an innings of 201 for York v. Beverley. At the time of his death he was head master of Canobie School. Pride was in nearly every respect a first rate wicket-keeper but his hands would not stand the strain of three-day matches. When playing against Sussex at Brighton he made a great impression.
SAINSBURY, MR. FRANCIS JOHN, who died at Bath, on April 30, aged 72, played occasionally for Essex and later for Somerset, his best innings for the latter County being 54 v. Hampshire at Bath in 1881. For nearly 20 years he was Captain of the Lansdown C.C., of which his father had been one of the founders in 1824. He was a sound batsman and could bowl lobs. He was elder brother of Mr. E. Sanisbury, of Clifton, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
SHEPHERD, WILLIAM, who died at Tooting on May 27, was in his 78th year. He was born at Kennington on August 9, 1841, and had a brief connection with the Surrey eleven, playing regularly in 1864, but failing to keep his place in the following season. In 1864, when Surrey had a wonderful season--the only match they lost was against Fourteen of Hampshire-- Shepherd bowled uncommonly well, and made up to some extent for the absence of Caffyn. Bowling left-hand medium pace with a decided twist he had such a peculiar delivery that he was sometimes called the corkscrew bowler. Against Sussex at Brighton he took eight wickets in one innings for 42 runs. After dropping out of the Surrey eleven he does not seem to have played any first-class cricket, but in 1868 he went round England with the Australian Aboriginal team. In 1872 he was appointed coach and ground- keeper at Dulwich College. This post he retained for a number of years, turning out many excellent pupils. In his old age, right up to the outbreak of the war, he was constantly to be seen at the Oval. To the day of his death he used to recall with great pride that at the crisis of the memorable match between Surrey and Notts at Trent Bridge in 1864 he stopped a yorker from Jackson. He went in last, Mr. Dowson being at the other end, and Surrey won by one wicket.--S.H.P.
SHOOTER, THOMAS, born at Hucknall Torkard, Notts., on March 11, 1845, died at his native place on July 4. He was a very good fast round-arm bowler and useful both as batsman and fieldsman, but did not make a name in first-class cricket. At different times he accepted engagements at Paisley, Newark, Castleton (Lancs.), Accrington, etc.
SKRIMSHIRE, DR. JOHN F., of Melton Mowbary, died in a London nursing home on November 14, aged 47. He was a prominent member of the Norfolk County eleven in the early nineties.
SMITH, MR. THOMAS, of the U.S. Machinery Athletic Association, was born at Marsden, Yorkshire, in 1883, and died in Beverley Hospital on March 5. He headed the bowling in the Massachusetts State League in 1917 with an average of 3.93 and in 1918 with 3.94.
SOUTHERTON, MR. WILLIAM, eldest son of the famous James Southerton, died at Croydon on June 25, aged 62, after an operation. He had played with success in his younger days for Mitcham and the Surrey Colts.
SPARROW, MR. HENRY, who died at Wornbourn, Dudley, in February, aged 95, played for Warwickshire and Worcestershire Elevens as far back as 1839. He rode to hounds from the age of six until he was eighty.
STEVENS, MAJOR NORMAN W.(R.A.M.C.), who died of pneumonia in Colaba Military Hospital in Bombay, on July 27, aged 31, had captained the Eleven both at Norwich Grammar School and Edinburgh University, and had appeared for Norfolk.
STUDD, MR. ARTHUR HAYTHORNE, a member of the famous brotherhood, died in London on January 26, aged 55. He was a member of the Eton XI 1882 and 1883, and in his matches v. Harrow and Winchester made 137 runs with an average of 19.57 and took six wickets for 21 runs each. Unlike his brothers, he did not play much first-class cricket after leaving Eton.
SWEETNAM, MR. JOHN, died at Bathurst (N.S.W.) on July 25, aged 63. He was a useful player and appeared against the last English team which visited Bathurst.
SWINFEN, THE 1ST BARON, OF CHERTSEY, the late Master of the Rolls, better known as the Hon. Mr. Justice Swinfen Eady, was born on July 31, 1851, and died in London on November 15. He was a prominent member of the Worcestershire County C.C., and it was he who proposed that the county should play matches in 1919 without taking part in the Championship.
TAYLOR, MR. CHARLES FISHER, who died at Norwich on April 7, had played for Norfolk, commencing in 1889. In 1891 he was appointed Assistant Secretary to the County Club, a position he filled for many years.
TENNENT, MR. HUGH, who died at West Kilbridge, on February 26, aged 76, was one of four cricketing brothers, all well-known in Scotland. He was a forcing batsman with a delightful forward style, and was associated chiefly with the Caledonian and West of Scotland Clubs. At Patrick in 1867 he (79) and Daniel Duff (89) made 182 for the first wicket for West of Scotland v. Grange, and the next year he scored 25 not out and 83 not out for Gentlemen v. Players of Scotland. He was a past President of the Scottish Cricket Union.
THOMPSON, MR. CHARLES, who died at Arnside, Westmorland, on June 27th, aged 82, was in the Sedbergh School XI in 1851 and 1852 and played subsequently for Trinity College, Cambridge. For several seasons, too, he appeared for Northumberland, his highest score being 55 v. Devonshire in 1869.
TURNER, MR. HENRY, for many years Secretary to the Notts. County C.C., died at Wilford, Nottingham, on August 25, aged 76. When he received the appointment the Club was in debt to the extent of £5,400 and the membership was only 1,020. For many years before he had been Secretary to the Notts. Castle C.C. He was an indefatigable worker and a good organiser.
UMNEY, MR. JOHN CHARLES, who died at Yapton Arundel on October 9, aged 51, played for the Crystal Palace C.C.
WAINWRIGHT, EDWARD, the famous Yorkshire cricketer, after a long illness, passed away at Sheffild on October 28. A very fine batsman, a deadly bowler on a wicket which gave him any assistance, and an excellent field, he had no small share in the many triumphs which attended the Yorkshire team during the fourteen years he was a member of the side. Coming out in the season of 1888, he soon showed that he was a player out of the common by putting together an innings of 105 against the Australians at Bradford. For some seasons afterwards he met with only a moderate share of success as a batsman, but in 1892 he fairly established himself as one of the leading professionals of the day, heading the Yorkshire bowling averages, and running second to Ernest Smith in batting. His great years in run-getting were 1897, when he had an aggregate of 1,612, and 1899, when he totalled 1,541 runs. Altogether, in the course of his career, he played twenty three-figure innings for Yorkshire, his highest being 228 against Surrey, at the Oval, when he and George Hurst put on 340 runs for the seventh wicket.
Prominent as he was as a batsman, Wainwright's claim to fame will probably rest more upon his achievements in bowling. Right hand rather slow, he could always impart a lot of spin to the ball, and on a sticky wicket his off-break was formidable indeed. Had his command of length been as strong as his spin and break he might have ranked as one of the greatest of bowlers. He was rather lacking in variety of device, and when the ground was fast and true batsmen did not find him difficult to play. Altogether he took over 1,000 wickets for Yorkshire, his best season being in 1894, when in first-class matches he obtained 166 wickets for less than 13 runs apiece. Among his great feats was the taking of five Sussex wickets in seven balls at Dewsbury in 1894. Four years earlier, at Sheffield, in a match against Staffordshire, he accomplished the feat of taking all ten wickets in an innings. In 1897 he enjoyed the distinction not only of scoring 1,612 runs, but of securing 101 wickets.
Wainwright played for England against Australia at Lord's in 1893, and four years later formed one of the team that A. E. Stoddart took to Australia. The side proved very disappointing, losing four of the five Test matches, and Wainwright achieved little worthy of his reputation beyond an innings of 105 against South Australia. There was every reason to pick him for the team, but Australia did not suit him at all. It was literally months before he made a score of fifty, and on the beautiful wickets at Sydney and Melbourne his bowling was so harmless that no purpose was served by putting him on. In the eleven aside matches he took one wicket in 72 overs at a cost of 249 runs, and during the whole tour only thirteen wickets fell to him. The contrast to his brilliant form at home was bewildering. His career really finished in 1901, when Yorkshire, unbeaten in the previous summer, won twenty matches out of twenty-seven, and suffered only one defeat. A benefit awarded him in 1898 realised £1,800. Born at Tinsley, near Sheffield, in 1865, Wainwright was 54 years of age.
Wainwright himself considered his best innings to have been hls 182 on the Worcester ground in 1898. Yorkshire, set 269 to win, won by three wickets, but (apart from Wainwright's large contribution) the only double-figure scores were 26 by Mr. Hugh Barber, 20 by Moorhouse, and 18 by Brown, of Darfield. It was a remarkable personal triumph.
In All matches for Yorkshire he made 12,768 runs (average 21.93) and took 1,173 wickets (average 17.24)
WALKER, MR. ROGER, Though far better known in connection with Rugby football than cricket--he played four times for England against Scotland and once against Ireland--MR. Roger Walker, who died at Reading on November 11 at the age of 73, took a keen interest in the summer game and was for years a member of the M.C.C. During the war he did much to prevent the Club's tour of matches against the Sussex schools from falling through. He was a life-long friend of Mr. A. N. Hornby, and played once or twice for Lancashire in 1874 and 1875.
WALSINGHAM, BARON--in his cricket days the Hon. T. de Grey--died on December 3, in his 77th year. He was born in London on July 29, 1843. Though he played for Norfolk as late as 1868, he did not keep up his cricket very seriously after his University days. He was in the Eton eleven in 1860 and 1861, and though overshadowed by R. A. H. Mitchell in both years and by the Hon. C. G. Lyttelton (now Lord Cobham) in 1860, he was one of the school's trusted batsmen, always going in first. In the big school matches he was never on the losing side, Eton beating Winchester in both his years, and drawing both games with Harrow at Lord's. His best score in the four matches was 30 not out against Winchester in 1861. Going up to Cambridge he gained his Blue as a freshman and was thus a member of H. M. Plowden's famous eleven in 1862--by far the strongest side sent up to Lord's by Cambridge in those far-off days. More than that, he had a share in the eight wickets victory over Oxford, scoring 20 and 22 not out. He played again in the University match in 1863, and it was no fault of his that Oxford won this time by eight wickets, as out of totals of 65 and 61 he made 12 and 24. The wicket was very dead on the first day and Cambridge suffered by getting first innings. On a much-improved pitch the next day Oxford had an easy task. The Hon. T. de Grey should have appeared a third time against Oxford, in 1864--he played against Surrey in a memorable draw at the Oval--but rheumatism prevented him. In 1865 he played in three of Cambridge's trial matches, but not at Lord's. I learn from the late Mr. W. J. Ford's book that he had an excellent record as a batsman for Cambridge, his averages for four years being 32, 22, 24, and 17. Sir Henry Plowden says of him in Mr. Ford's book: Tommy de Grey, now Lord Walsingham, was among the finest fields of the day, especially at cover-point. As a batsman he had as much confidence as any one. His defence was very strong; his amusement to have two or three bowlers going at once in practice, with a fourth stump on the off side to encourage them. In 1863 the Hon. T. de Grey had the honour of being chosen for Gentlemen v. Players at Lord's, but Tarrant and Jackson were alittle too good for him; he was bowled for two and eight. Apart from cricket he was at one time the best game shot in England. His record of 1,070 grouse to his own gun in one day in August, 1888, has, I believe, never been equalled. He was still more famous for his wonderful collection--by far the finest in the world--of micro-lepidoptera (the smaller butterflies and moths.) He presented the whole collection in 1910 to the Natural History Museum at South Kensington.--S.H.P.
WARING, MR. SETH, died at Keighley on April 17, aged 80. He played in one match for Yorkshire in 1870, scoring nine runs. He was born on November 4, 1838.
WARREN, THE REV. CHARLES, died at Sidmouth on April 29, aged 75. He was in the Cambridge eleven in 1886, and played for Cambridgeshire from 1865 to 1867. Against Oxford he scored 37 not out and 5, but Cambridge lost by 12 runs. He was a first rate bat and would have made a much bigger name if he could have kept up his cricket after leaving Cambridge. For Cambridgeshire in 1866 he held his own in a team that included Hayward, Carpenter, and John Smith, scoring 73 against Notts at Cambridge and 72 in the return match at Trent Bridge.
WHITRIDGE, MR. WILLIAM OSWALD, who died in Adelaide on February 12, aged 65, was a very successful bowler with the Norwood C.C., of South Australia. He appeared for his State in the first match arranged (against odds) with Victoria, the latter winning by 15 runs. In a game between the same sides in 1875-6 his analyses were 8 for 10 and 3 for 14, the Victorians being dismissed for 29. He edited three issues of the South Australian Cricketers' Guide, and one year was President of the Australian Cricket Council.
WHITESIDES, MR. THOMAS, who died at Hobart in the first week of October, aged 84, was formerly a well-known figure in Tasmanian cricket. It was on his proposal, on February 1, 1866, that the Southern Tasmanian Cricket Association was formed, and he was elected honorary secretary and, later, honorary treasurer of the body. He played for the old Derwent Club, and in February, 1862, played an innings of 50 for XXII of Tasmania against the England team taken out by H. H. Stephenson. He represented Tasmania several times and kept up his cricket until about 1886-7.
WILBY, MR. ALBERT, born at Leeds on January 7, 1849, died in Philadelphia on April 16, aged 70. For many years he was prominently associated with the Wissahickon C.C., making many good scores for the side.
WILLCOCKS, MAJOR HAROLD FRANCIS (R.G.A.), who died in the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, on May 7, aged 29, was in the Radley XI from 1907 to 1909 and played subsequently for Berkshire and in the R.A. XI. In 1914 he was awarded the Croix de Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
WISTER, MR. LEWIS WYNNE, a member of the well-known American cricketing family, was born in Germantown, on January 21, 1864, and died there in June. He was a great lover of the game, and, a good batsman, had taken part in Halifax Cup Tournaments with success. He was also Treasurer of the Germantown C.C.
WOOD, HENRY. After a long illness, from which there was never the slightest hope of recovery, Harry Wood, as he was always called, died on the 30th of April. He was the third of the four wicket-keepers who have helped to sustain the fame of Surrey cricket for seventy years, following Tom Lockyer and Pooley and being in his turn succeeded by Strudwick. Of the four Wood was the least gifted, but he did an immense amount of work and was painstaking to a degree. The Surrey Committee paid him a handsome compliment when they picked him to keep wicket for England against Australia at the Oval in 1888 and he justified their choice, being seen at his very best in the big match. Apart from that one occasion his reputation rested almost entirely on his doings in county cricket. Born at Dartford on the 14th of December, 1854, he was ambitious in his young days as a cricketer to play for his native county, but the Kent authorities did not realise what a good wicket-keeper he was likely to be and let him slip out of their hands. He played in a few odd matches for Kent, but never secured a regular place in the eleven. It was an engagement as ground keeper to the Streatham Club that enabled him to qualify for Surrey. He made his first appearance for Surrey in 1884--just when Surrey cricket was reviving--and kept wicket for the team right on till 1899. He thus shared in all Surrey's triumphs under the leadership of Mr. John Shuter, and afterwards of Mr. K. J. Key. Keeping to Bowley, Beaumont, George Lohmann and Sharpe, and then--a far more onerous task--to Lockwood and Tom Richardson, he had a trying time of it even on the Oval wickets and his hands often suffered terribly, but he took it all as part of the day's work, and was not often heard to complain. Except when his hands were very bad he was seldom away from his post, but I remember one occasion when his absence involved disaster. He was too unwell to play against Lancashire at the Oval in 1888 and faulty wicket-keeping undoubtedly cost Surrey the match--their only defeat in the Championship that season. Wood was not first-rate as a batsman, but he was an uncommonly good man to go in, as he did for Surrey, ninth or even tenth on the order. Thanks to his nerve and good hitting he could generally be counted on for a fair share of runs. His greatest triumph as a batsman was an innings of 134 not out for the English team v. South Africa at Cape Town in 1891-2. For years after he had ceased to play Wood was one ofthe county umpires.--S.H.P.
Particulars of the following Deaths were not received in time for WISDEN'S ALMANACK FOR 1919:
BENNETT, MR. EDWARD ANTHONY, for 35 years Assistant Master at Cheltemham College (1872-1907), died at Roehampton, Cheltenham, in December, 1918. He was educated at Plymouth Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Camb., and played for the East Gloucestershire C.C.
CALLAWAY, MR. HORACE, who died at Christchurch (N.Z.), on November 16, 1918, aged 33, was one of four brothers, well-known in connection with the Carlton C.C. of Sydney.
CALLAWAY, MR. JOSEPH, a brother of the above, died in Brisbane on November 25, 1918. He was a good right-hand bowler and played for the old Carlton C.C. of Sydney.
CAUNTER, DR. RICHARD LAURENCE, who died at Kigswear, Devon, on December 21, 1918, aged 58, was educated at Uppingham and Edunburgh University. He was captain of the University C.C. for two seasons.
COLLETTE, MR. HARRY ERNEST, born in Demerara on September 24, 1880, died at Winnipeg on November 18, 1918. He was associated with the White Rose C.C., of Winnipeg.
COPLESTON, THE REV. JOHN HENRY, died at Offwell Rectory, Honiton, on November 22, 1918, aged 77. He was an old Devon County cricketer.
CROWDY, THE REV. JAMES GORDON, born at Farringdon, in Berkshire, on July 2, 1847, died at Winchester on December 16, 1918. He was in the Rugby Eleven in 1866, when he scored 44 not out and 17 v. Marlborough at Lord's, and subsequently played for Hampshire. Scores and Biographies (ix, 439) said of him: Is a good hitter and field generally at point or cover-point.
DAWSON, MR. A. L., a good batsman associated with Sydney University, died suddenly in Sydney on October 3, 1918, aged 25.
EARLE, THE RIGHT REV. ALFRED, Bishop of Marlborough, who died at Torquay on December 28, 1918, aged 91, was in the Eton XI in 1847. He scored 17 v. Winchester and 16 v. Harrow, Eton winning both matches with ease. Among his contemporaries were E. W. Blore, W. S. Deacon, J. W. Chitty, A. D. Coleridge, and Henry Aitken.
FRANKLIN, MR. CHARLES FREDERICK, born at Hitchin (Herts.) on April 21, 1858, died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on October 17, 1918. Useful all-round, he played with King's County C.C. and the New York Veteran Cricket Association.
GIBBES, MR. WILLIAM R. L., who died in November, 1918, had played with the Waverley C.C., of Sydney, and for Wellington (N.Z.). He was left-handed both as batsman and bowler, and once in a match in New Zealand scored 220 for the first wicket with W. A. Baker.
GILLESPIE-STANTON, MR. ROBERT WILLIAM, who died at Lutterworth on December 15, 1918, aged 75, was in the Harrow Eleven of 1861 with Messrs. I. D. Walker, C. F. Buller and W. F. Maitland. He was a useful batsman and wicket-keeper, but could take any place in the field.
GONSLAVES, MR. DENNIS, who was born at Lisbon, died at Winnipeg on November 5, 1918, aged 40. He was a good batsman and played with the Civic and Wanderers Clubs of Winnipeg. His highest innings was 103 for Civic v. Winnipeg B. in 1912.
GREGORY, MR. REGINALD PHILIP, who died at Cambridge of pneumonia following influenza on November 24, 1918, aged 39, played for St. John's College (Camb.) and Cambridgeshire. He was also in the University hockey eleven in 1901 and 1902. Whilst serving as 2nd Lieut. In the Gloucestershire Regiment he was badly gassed in France in August 1917.
KINNEAR, MR. ANDREW WILSON, born in Montreal on April 5th, 1851, died at Saranac Lake (N Y.) on November 4, 1918. In 1886 he headed the batting averages of the Chicago Cricket Association.
MURDOCH, MR. A. M., of the North Sydney C.C., who died on December 8, 1918, was a good batsman and useful wicket-keeper.
NOAKES, MR. WICKHAM FRANCIS, who died at Earlswood Common, Surrey, on December 25, 1918, aged 52, had played for the Crystal Palace, Ne'er-do-Weels and Beckenham.
SALE, MR. EDWARD V., who died at Devonport, Auckland, on November 23, 1918, was a very good batsman and a useful wicket-keeper. In strictly first-class cricket his highest innings were 121 for Auckland v. Otago at Auckland in 1909-10 and 100 not out for New Zealand v. Australians at Auckland in 1913-14.
SEAL, MR. FRED, who died at Toronto on November 1st, 1918, was born at Wets Hartlepool on March 8th, 1882. He was Captain of the Albion C.C., of Toronto.
STOCK, MR. WILLIAM BENJAMIN, who died at Paris (Canada) on August 28, 1918, was born at Rochdale (Lancs.) in 1861. He was a useful all-round player with the Paris C.C.
WALKER, PREBENDARY ARTHUR, who died in London on December 30, 1918, aged 78, was educated at Forest School, Westminster and Trinity College (Camb.) and was described as A very fair cricketer, and so good a fieldsman that during the sixties and seventies the captain of the A. E. E. frequently secured his services when playing matches in Yorkshire. For 37 years he was Rector of Easton-in-Gordano.
WATT, MR. JOHN, a very good bowler in his younger days, when he represented Tasmania, died at Hobart on November 14 1918. He was born on February 16, 1858.
WHITE, LIEUT.-COL. LIONEL ALGERNON, died at Tunbridge Wells on June 25, 1917. He played in four matches for Kent in 1869, his best score in eight innings being 34. Joining the 53rd Shropshire Regiment in 1869 he retired from the army with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1892. He was born at Wateringbury on November 9, 1850, and was educated at St. Paul's School, London.