1929

Obituaries in 1928

ALINGTON, THE REV, HENRY GILES, born at Candlesby, in Lincolnshire, on July 25, 1837, died at Spilsby, on December 2, aged 91. At the time of his death he was the oldest cricket Blue. Coached by John Lillywhite, he gained a place in the Rugby Eleven in 1855. He was then described as One of the best long-stops ever turned out, as well as a first-rate and attentive bat, excelling as a leg-hitter. Among his contemporaries at the School was the famous T. W. Wills. In 1859, Alington was a member of the Oxford team which, under the captaincy of C. G. Lane, lost to Cambridge by 28 runs. Later on he played for Lincolnshire, and maintaining his interest in cricket to the last, was present at every inter-University match at Lord's until 1927. He was father of the present headmaster of Eton.

ALLSOPP, CAPT. THE HON. FREDERICK ERNEST, sixth son of the first Lord Hindlip, was born at Hindlip Hall, Worcestershire, on September 21, 1857, and was found dead in bed at Droitwich on December 20, aged 71. A sound bat and useful slow bowler, he was a member of the Cheltenham College XI. in 1874 and 1875, and of the R. M. A. Woolwich, in 1876. He also played much for the Royal Artillery and a little for Worcestershire.

BERESFORD, THE HON. SETON ROBERT DE LA POER HORSLEY, who was born on July 25, 1868, and died at Cap d'Ail on May 28, aged 59, appeared for Middlesex in two games in 1909. In America he represented New York in Halifax Cup Matches and, playing for Manor Field v. Columbia Oval in 1919, he put up 228 for the first wicket with E. G. Hull. During the South African War, in which he was a special correspondent, he was the first man to enter Kimberly and notify Cecil Rhodes of the approach of the Relief Force.

BODEN, MR. JOHN GEORGE, born at Birstall, near Leeds, on December 27, 1848, died at Ilkley on January 3, in his 80th year. In 1878 he kept wicket for Yorkshire against the Australians a Sheffield, as Pinder was unable to play. The same year he appeared at Lord's for 22 Colts of England v. M.C.C. at Lord's, and also assisted 18 of Scarborough against the Australians. In the latter game he stumped Murdoch and Spofforth and scored 1 and 28 not out.

BREWER, WALTER JOHN, for many years groundsman at Leyton, was killed on the railway at the station there on April 23, at the age of 62.

BUTLER, MR. EDWARD HENRY, born at Hobart on March 15, 1851, died at Lower Sandy Bay, Tasmania, on January 5. In his time he had been a forcing bat, a brilliant field at slip, and a good fast bowler. He played for Tasmania against various English teams, Victoria and New Zealand. Bowling for South v. North, at Hobart, he took five wickets for 7 runs in 1879-80 and six for 0 (in nineteen balls) in 1881-2. For many years he was President of the Tasmanian Cricket Association. Whilst visiting England he took part in the Gentlemen v. Players match at Princess in 1877, and also appeared for M.C.C. and the United South of England Eleven.

CADELL, LIEUT. ALEXANDER R., R.N., died in Petersfield Cottage Hospital on May 14 as the result of a motor accident the night before on Telegraph Hill. A decidedly useful cricketer, he represented the Royal Navy at Lord's and elsewhere, and in 1927 played for Hampshire against Warwickshire at Portsmouth.

CARLISLE, MR. HAROLD, born on March 24, 1852, died at St. Louis, U.S.A., on November 19, aged 76. He was a member of the Harrow Eleven of 1871 and played some cricket for Cheshire.

CHURCH, SIR WILLIAM SELBY, 1st Bart, K.C.B., M.D., born on December 4, 1837, died at Hatfield on April 27, aged 90. He was one of the best batsmen of his time at Harrow, driving particularly well, but he did little against Eton although always on the winning side. In addition he was a useful bowler, a good field--often at long stop--and could keep wicket well. He was in the School Eleven 1853-1856, in the last-mentioned year, when there was no match with Eton, being captain--a position he, however, resigned owing to ill-health. In 1857, after he had left, he played again against Eton, at Lord's, in a game which is not included in the regular series. Harrow produced many excellent players whilst he was there, among his contemporaries being K. E. Digby, V. E. Walker, G. L. and Robert Lang, and Henry Arkwright. Among the incidents of his School cricket which he recalled was being hit to square-leg for nine by Reginald Hankey. He played some cricket for Harlequins, Southgate and Hertfordshire. President of Royal College of Physicians from 1899-1906, he served on numerous Royal Commissions.

CLARK, AUGUSTUS GEORGE FINNIS, prominent in Hastings cricket for many years as a left-handed batsman and a bowler with a natural off-break, died there suddenly on May 7, at the age of 65. In May, 1885, be appeared at Lord's for Colts of South v. Colts of North, taking three wickets, and on the same ground a year later, against M.C.C., played in his only match for Sussex. He was born at Dover.

COLLYER, MR. WILLIAM ROBERT, I.S.O., born in London on January 11, 1842, died at Reepham, Norfolk, on October 27, aged 86. Scores and Biographies (vii-80) said of him: Is a good batsman, having been pretty successful in the matches in which he has participated, and fields generally at short leg. He was a member of the Rugby Eleven of 1861. His county cricket was played for Norfolk and at Dereham in 1866, by scoring 160, he helped the Gentlemen of Norfolk to beat the Gentlemen of Lincolnshire by an innings and 310 runs. From 1903 until 1906 he was Attorney General of the Straits Settlements.

COOK, THE RIGHT REV. THOMAS WILLIAM, Bishop of Lewes, born at Wellingborough on December 2, 1866, died at Bexhill on October 16, at the age of 61. In the Lancing Eleven in 1883 and three following years, he was captain in 1866. He was then described as, A really good bat on a fast wicket, cutting especially well; excellent field at cover-point, with quick and straight return; his fast bowling has proved useful in emergencies. At Oxford he gained his Blue for Association football, but not for cricket.

COOPER, SIR. JOHN FREDERICK, born on February 14, 1855, died at Henley-on-Thames on January 30. He was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1872 and 1873 and was described as A very good bat, plays in beautiful form, and has a very pretty and effective cut; a good but rather uncertain field; has been known to bowl. In 1872 he scored 72 and 10 v. Cheltenham and 21 v. Rugby, and a year later 40 and 9 against the former and 34 and 7 against the latter. He played some county cricket for both Shropshire and Wiltshire. For more than thirty years he was Secretary of Henley Royal Regatta.

DAWSON, MR. GEORGE VERNON FLOYD, who died in london on November 9, aged 18, was in the Rugby Eleven in 1925 and three following years, being captain in 1928. In addition to being an effective batsman--he averaged 29.50 in 1927 and 23.80 last season--he was a fast bowler of more than average merit, and, had he been spared, would probably have made his mark in the game at Oxford. In 1928, when his forty-nine wickets cost 12.40 runs each, he took five for 31 v. Authentics, seven for 69 v. Free Foresters, eight for 33 v. Uppingham, and seven for 91 in a total of 386 for nine v. Marlborough. Later, at Lord's, he made 41 and took six wickets for Lord's Schools v. Rest, and also obtained three for 52 and two for 12 for Public Schools v. Army.

DE ROBECK, Admiral Sir John Michael, 1st Bart., born on June 10, 1862, died suddenly in London on January 20, aged 65. By cricketers he will be remembered chiefly as the President of the M. C. C. in 1925. He joined the Club in 1898, and was a member of its Committee at the time of his death. When he averaged 34.50 for the Club in 1898, he scored 122 v. Milton Park, near Egham, and 96 v. Beckenham. He also played for I. Zingari, Devon and in many Service matches. He was Commander of the Allied naval forces in the Dardanelles and in Glallipoli in 1915-16, and for his War services was made a baronet, received the thanks of Parliament and a grant of £10,000, and was awarded the G.C.B. and G.C.M.G. In 1924 he was made G.C.V.O. He was an Irishman of Swedish descent.

DE WINTON, MAJOR ARTHUR JOHN, died at Heathfield, Sussex, on May 29, aged 75. A member of the Sherborne Eleven in 1872 under the captaincy of W. H. Game, he was then summed-up as A very fair bat and good long-stop.

DHATIGARA, MR. SARAB M., who died On June 18, aged 38, was a well-known Parsi batsman who had played in the Sind Tournaments at Karachi. He could cut particularly well and was a good field at third man.

DOMVILLE, MR. HENRY WILLIAM RUSSELL, born in October, 1848, who died at Abergavenny on August 17, aged 79, was in the Bradfield Eleven in 1864, 1866, and 1867, being captain the last-mentioned year. He took part in some county cricket for both Worcestershire and Shropshire.

FARRER, CAPT. ROBERT GRAVES BLACKBURN, born on October 2, 1897, died on June 5, being killed in the Straits Settlements, through the explosion of a bomb. In 1916, when in the Marlborough Eleven, he made 123 runs with an average of 24.60 and headed the bowling with nine wickets for 18.77 runs each. Against Rugby he took eight wickets for 117, and v. Cheltenham he made 6 and 89 not out. It was said of him: A medium-fast bowler...effective on his day. A very powerful hitter, who might easily save a rot under any circumstances. A poor field.

FITZGERALD, MR. JAMES RICHARD, born August 25, 1849, died on September 28. He was a member of the Uppingham XI in 1865-1867 inclusive, and captain in his last year, when he scored 62 and 95 not out against Repton in totals of 131 and 168. In that season he had an average of 32. He was described in Lillywhite as the best bat in the XI with wonderful hitting powers all round, but more especially strong in driving: a very quick rungetter, bowls occasionally very fast; takes wicket, and is a good field anywhere. He entered the I.C.S. on leaving school.

FOLEY, MR. PAUL HENRY, born in London on March 19, 1857, died there suddenly on January 21, aged 70. He played for Worcestershire, commencing in 1878, and in 1895 visited Holland as captain of a Gentlemen of Worcestershire team. In one of the matches during that tour his lobs accounted for eight wickets in an innings. He batted left-handed, bowled right, and fielded point. For many years--up to 1908--Honorary Secretary of Worcestershire, he was a most generous supporter of the county's cricket. He was 6ft. 3ins. in height, and a cousin of the well-known Etonian cricketers of the same surname.

GASTON, MR. ALFRED JAMES, so well-known in connection with cricket literature, records and curios, was born on October 14, 1854, and died at Brighton on October 31, aged 74. A zealous collector of cricket books, photographs and other things concerning the game, in the sale of which he had built up a considerable business. Mr. Gaston was, of course, particularly interested in Sussex cricket and cricketers and of late years had worked very hard for the county. Among his many activities in that direction was the giving of lectures, illustrated by lantern slides, in various parts of Sussex and in these he generally enjoyed the help of Mr. Arthur Gilligan or Mr. W. L. Knowles. He was the author of History of Cricket in Sussex, and other publications and to Wisden's Almanack he contributed articles on the Bibliography of Cricket to the issues of 1892, 1894, 1900 and 1923. For many years he had written regularly for the Sussex Daily News, in which as Leather Hunter he provided an immense amount of interesting cricket information drawn from the books and records he had gathered so diligently and for so many years. A kindly veteran, he will be greatly missed next summer by cricketers generally when attending the Hove ground.

GILES, MR. ARTHUR BROOKS, who died in London on October 4, aged 70, was in the Harrow Eleven in 1876 and 1877.

GREENE, MR. ALAN DOUGLAS, born at Brandeston, Suffolk, on April 15, 1856, died at Tunbridge Wells on June 18. A steady bat and a good field at mid-off and long-leg, he was in the Clifton eleven in 1874 and three following years. In 1876 he won the average bat with 59.28. For Oxford he gained his Blue as a Freshman, and in his Fourth season, 1880, captained the team. In his four inter-University matches A. D. Greene made only 84 runs, but his 35 not out in 1878 was the highest effort for his side, and a year later, when he scored 20, he alone reached double-figures during the innings. His largest score in first-class cricket was 93 not out in Oxford's match with Middlesex at Lord's in 1877. He assisted Gloucestershire many times between 1876 and 1886, appeared occasionally for Somerset, and also represented the former county at Rugby football.

HARE, MR. CHARLES FRANCIS AUBONE, of the Winchester Eleven of 1900, died suddenly at Flax Bourton, Somerset, on October 20, aged 47.

HAWSON, MR. REGINALD J., born on September 2, 1880, died at Hobart on February 20. He was an attractive and skilful batsman. Against Victoria he made 139 at Hobart in 1908-9, and 199 not out at Melbourne in 1912-13. In other matches against the same State he played innings of 96.90 not out, 90, 79, 74 and 56, and he also scored 76 for South Tasmania v. New Zealand at Hobart in 1898-9 and 82 v. South Africa on the same ground in 1910-11. In January, 1904, whilst playing for Derwent v. Wellington, at Hobart, he made 135 in his first innings and 121 not out in his second.

HOLDEN, MR. CECIL, who died at Claughton, in Lancashire, on August 22, aged 63, was a free right-handed batsman, a useful medium-paced bowler, a very good slip, and could keep wicket well. Most of his county cricket was played for Cheshire, for whom he made 109 not out v. Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1894, but he also appeared for Lancashire in 1890. At Liverpool in 1897 he scored 172 for Liverpool and District v. Cambridge University, that being his highest innings in a match of note. From 1893 until 1912 he captained Birkenhead Park, scoring 19,028 runs and taking 650 wickets for the side. For that club in July 1896, he obtained 202 of a total of 261.

HOLME, MR. THOMAS WILLIAM, born on February 2, 1876, died at Hemel Hempstead on June 30. He was the wicket-keeper of the Winchester Eleven of 1895.

HOWESON (formerly A. C. von Ernsthausen), MR. ADOLPH CHRISTIAN ERNEST, born in London on October 17, 1880, died at Ditton Hill, Surrey, on May 29. A free-hitting batsman and a fast bowler, he was in the Uppingham Eleven in 1898 and two following years, and played for Oxford in 1902, 1903 and 1904. During his last season at Uppingham he was first in both batting and bowling, with 32.05 and 66 wickets for 14.74 runs each. In the game with Repton he scored 1 and 92 and obtained a dozen wickets--all bowled down. In his three matches against Cambridge he took fifteen wickets for 18 runs apiece. He made a few appearances for Surrey in 1900 and 1901. From 1901 until 1904 he represented Oxford at chess against Cambridge. He was of Dutch extraction.

KANGA, MR. PESTONJI D., born in Bomaby on June 2, 1859 died earlier in the year, aged 68. He captained the Parsi team which visited England in 1888, and was an all-rounder player--a free bat, a fast underhand bowler with a puzzling delivery, and a good field. During the tour he scored 655 runs with an average of 12 and took 71 wickets for 12.33 runs each. Against the Gentlemen of Northants. He had an analysis of seven for 16.

KING, MR. CHARLES JAMES STUART, who died at Chardstock on April 23, aged 68, was a hard-hitting bat, a fast-medium bowler, and a good field. In the Felsted School eleven in 1875 and three following years--captain in 1877 and 1878--he went up to Oxford and obtained his Blue for Association football.

LEACH, MR. HAROLD, born at Rochdale on March 13, 1862, died at Bath on February 15. He was in the Marlborough Elevens of 1877 and two following years. In 1881 he appeared in one game for Lancashire. Whilst at Marlborough he played, in 1879, at Rackets in the Public Schools matches.

LEADBEATER, MR. HARRY, born at Scarborough on December 31, 1863, died at his native place on October 9. A good left-handed batsman with a free style and many strokes, he could also bowl a little and was a hard-working field, generally at mid-off. In his six matches for Yorkshire between 1884 and 1890, his highest score was 65 v. M.C.C. at Scarborough in 1885. In August, 1888, he contributed 178 to Scarborough's total of 613 v. Hull, and in 1893 he visited Holland as a member of the Yorkshire Wanderers team.

LLOYD, MR. EDWARD WYNELL MAYOW, born on March 19, 1845, died at Hartley Wintney, Hants., on September 27. Scores and Biographies (vii-295) says of him: Was a very painstaking batsman, having a good defence, besides being an admirable hitter. Also an excellent field. In 1864, his third and last season as a member of Rugby Eleven, he scored 139 not out v. Marlborough at Islington and 95 v. M.C.C. at Lord's. He played some county cricket for both Shropshire and Somerset. From 1876 until 1910 he was Headmaster of Hartford House School, Winchfield.

LUCAS, MR. CHARLES JAMES, of Warnham Court, Horsham, born at Clapham, in Surrey, on February 25, 1853, died in London on April 17. He was a member of the well-known cricketing family--brother of Messrs. M. P., H. T., and F. M. Lucas. According to Scores and Biographies A good batsman, bowls fast round-armed, and in the field prefers mid wicket off. For Middlesex he played twice in 1876 and once in 1877 and for Sussex he appeared in eight matches between 1880 and 1882. He was a member of the Lucas Family XI which took the field at Horsham.

LUSHINGTON, THE REV. THOMAS GODFREY LAW, who died at Sandling Park, Maidstone, on May 7, age 76, had been a useful bat and a painstaking field. He was a member of the Rugby Eleven of 1870, and later played some cricket for Suffolk.

LUXTON, THE REV. ROBERT REGINALD, born at Bondleigh, Devon, on January 6, 1863, died at the Rectory, East Pennard, Somerset, on February 6, aged 65. A good all-round player, he took part in the Cambridge Freshmen's match of 1883, and the same year began to assist Devon.

LYTTELTON, THE REV. THE HON. ALBERT VICTOR, born in London on June 29, 1844, died there of influenza on April 4, aged 83. He was a member of the famous cricketing brotherhood, and but for illness would probably have been in the Eton Eleven of 1861. He was summed up as A good average batsman, field and thrower, besides being a middle-paced round-armed bowler. He played for Worcestershire, and also for the Lyttelton XI. which beat Broms-grove School at Hagley in 1867.

M'LACHLAN, MR.NORMAN, born at Darlington on October 12, 1858, died at Torquay on February 18. He was only moderate as batsman, but a good fast-medium paced bowler and an active field, generally at long-leg or long-off. At Loretto he was in the eleven for four years, being captain his last two-- 1877 and 1878--and at Oxford he obtained his blue as a Freshman, playing four times against Cambridge-- 1879 to 1882--and leading his side in the last mentioned season. Mr. M'Lachlan was also a member of the Oxford University XV., in 1879 and 1880. In those days teams were composed of two backs, two three-quarters, two halves and nine forwards. Mr. M'Lachlan was one of the backs.

MARSHAM, MR. CLOUDESLEY HENRY BULLOCK, born at Stoke Lyne, Bicester on February 10, 1879, died at Wrotham on July 18, at the early age of 49. He was son of the late Rev. C. D. B. Marsham, the best Gentleman bowler of his day and went to Eton in 1892 to the house of Mr. R. A. H. Mitchell, the famous nurse of young cricketers. He made his first appearance at Lord's for Eton against Harrow in 1897, and played again the following season. Going up to Oxford, he was in the eleven in 1900, 1901, and 1902, being captain in his last year. Born with cricket in his blood and enjoying such an auspicious beginning to his career, he was obviously marked down as a future Kent captain, and in 1904 on the retirement of C. J. Burnup he succeeded to that post, having under his command such famous players as J. R. Mason, E. W. Dillon, S. E. Day, Blythe, Fielder, Huish, Humphreys, and Fairservice. Marsham played his first match for Kent in 1900, and in 1906 he enjoyed the satisfaction, while acting as captain, of seeing his side carry off the County Championship for the first time in the history of the county club. He did not have a particularly long career, for after 1908 he dropped out of first-class cricket, playing only twice in the following season, once in 1910, and a few times after the war. In this sterner field he was a captain in the West Kent Yeomanry, being attached to the Buffs and the R.A.F., and serving in Egypt, Gallipoli, and Palestine.

A good, but not a great batsman, Cloudesley Marsham will be remembered more probably for his ability to rise to the occasion at critical times than by any pronounced or consistent skill. Scores of 53 and 31 for Eton against Harrow in 1898 showed that, if necessary, he could play a dogged game but, if rather slow, his methods were sound in helping H. C. Pilkington to put on 85 for the first wicket when Eton followed on. In the University match, his great year was in 1901, when Oxford saved the game after losing seven wickets for 145 in an attempt to make 327 to win in the last innings. On that occasion Marsham played an invaluable innings of 100 not out, Oxford in drawing the game, owing nearly everything to him. Apart from a possible chance when 13, he did not make a mistake of any kind. He batted for three hours, made his runs in 33 hits--twenty 4's, two 3's, three 2's, and eight singles, and obtained his last 50 runs in an hour. He was essentially an off-side player, and in this particular innings he cut and drove in a manner perfectly delightful to see. A hard worker and keen trier himself in the field, he inspired his men by fine example. As a captain, he secured unfailing support and unswerving loyalty from those under him, while a charming and courteous disposition endeared him to all opponents. His family have been associated with Kent cricket for about 150 years.

MEHTA, MR. DHANJI S., who died on June 2, aged 63, toured England with the Parsi team of 1888. He was regarded as the best batsman in the side, but his form here was most disappointing.

MEREWETHER, THE REV. WYNDHAM ARTHUR SCINDE, Canon of Salisbury and Rural Dean of Wilton, born on September 12, 1852, died at The Close, Salisbury, on December 3, aged 76. Described as A good man to go in first, having defence and patience, he was he was in the Winchester Elevens of 1870 and 1871. The matches against Eton in which he took part were both exciting, Winchester winning by a wicket in 1870 and by 8 runs a year later. He was an Association Football Blue, playing against Cambridge in November, 1874.

MOBERLY, MR. JOHN CORNELIUS, born on April 22, 1848, died at Bassett, Southampton, on January 29, aged 79. In 1866 he was in the Winchester eleven, and in the following season he took part in the Oxford Freshmen's match. Later he played for Hampshire, but the best work he did for the county was off the field. For some years he was the club's Treasurer, for many its Chairman of Committee, and from 1913 to 1918 its President. Besides being useful as a batsman, he was A steady and painstaking bowler, varying the pitch considerably, and was sometimes very successful.

MURCH, WILLIAM, born at Bristol on November 18, 1867, died at his native place on May 1, aged 59, being at the time ground-manager there to the University. His chief asset was his medium-paced bowling, though he could field well at third man and at a distance from the wicket. From 1889 until 1899 he assisted Gloucestershire, and he also played for London County as well as occasionally for Wiltshire. His best season was that of 1893, when he took 69 wickets in first-class cricket for 22.85 runs each. Against Surrey at the Oval that year he had an analysis of 8 for 74. A curious hit at his expense was made at the end of the Gloucestershire v. Middlesex match at Lord's the same season, J. E. West sending one of his deliveries full pitch on to the roof of the covered stand near the scoring-box, the ball travelling between point and cover.

NOEL, MR. EVAN BAILLIE, born on January 23, 1879, died in London on December 22, aged 49. A useful and orthodox batsman and slow bowler, right-handed in both respects although ambidextrous. He was in the Winchester Eleven in 1896 and two following years, being second in batting with 25.23 in 1897 and first with 31.64 next season. In his three matches against Eton he made 149 runs for five times out, his scores being 61 and 24, 3 and 51, 1 and 9 not out. Winchester won by eight wickets in 1896 and by 51 runs a year later, but the game of 1898 was drawn. His chief success in later times was obtained for the Gentlemen of M.C.C. v. Gentlemen of Holland at Lord's in 1906, when he took seventeen wickets--eight for 89 and nine for 77: one man was run out in the first innings. In the second he bowled unchanged with W.G. whose analysis was one for 69. But for ill-health, with which he had to contend for many years, he would doubtless have made his mark in matches of note. In 1926 he was the author of Winchester College Cricket, a most interesting and authoritative work. He was an expert player at many Ball games, about which he wrote in delightful fashion, both during the time, 1903 to 1909, that he was Sporting Editor of The Times and later. At rackets he represented both Winchester and Cambridge, and, by beating B. S. Foster, won the Amateur championship in 1907, while at Royal Tennis he played for Cambridge and also won the M.C.C. Silver Prize in 1908 and the Manchester Invitation Handicap in 1912. Since 1914 he had been Secretary of Queen's Club.

PAYNE, MR. JOHN, who died at Globe Point, Sydney, in May at the age of 84, had played for XXII of New South Wales against Parr's team in 1863-4. He became a well-known umpire, and stood in a Test Match with England.

PEAKE, MR. JOHN FREDERICK, for fourteen years Secretary of the New Zealand Cricket Council, died suddenly at St. Albans, Canterbury, on November 11, aged 49. He was Manager of the New Zealand team which toured Australia in 1925-6, and was also author of Statistics of New Zealand Cricket and Roll of Honour. For many years, too, he was well-known as a Rugby Football referee.

POWELL, MR. ERNEST ORMSBY, born at Liverpool on January 19, 1861, died at Stafford on March 28, aged 67. A good and succeseful bat and an excellent cover-point, he gained his colours at Charter-house in 1878 and in the next two seasons captained the side. During his third season in the Eleven, when he scored 66 v. Westminster, he had an average of 28.33. Although he appeared at Cambridge for the Freshmen, Seniors and the XVI., playing several good innings, and was tried for the University in 1883, he did not obtain his Blue. After assisting Surrey in four matches in 1882, he played for Hampshire, and in 1884 made 140 v. Somerset at Southampton and 99 v. Surrey at the Oval. Another good innings of his was 89 for M.C.C. v. Cambridge University at Lord's. He was in the scholastic profession, and had been Headmaster of Stafford Grammar School.

PRENTICE, MR. LESLIE ROOF VINCENT, who died at Harrold, Bedfordshire, on August 13, aged 41, appeared on a few occasions form Middlesex. He hailed from Sydney, Australia.

PRIDEAUX, SIR WALTER SHERBURNE, who was born in London on February 23, 1846, died on January 29, aged 81. A steady batsman, he could also bowl both slow round-arm and fast underhand, and in the field was generally long-stop or wicket-keeper. He was in the Eton Eleven in 1862 and two following years, being captain in 1864. Against Winchester that year Prideaux scored 16 and 54 not out and took four wickets. He finished his career at Eton in great style in heading the averages with 38,--an unusually high figure at that time. Later he played for the Gentlemen of Sussex. He had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1965. His Knighthood was bestowed in 1891.

QUENTIN, THE REV. GEORGE AUGUSTUS FREDRICK, born at Kirkee India, on November 3, 1848, died at St. Leonards-on-Sea on May 6. Described in Scores and Biographies as A good batsman and a fast round-armed bowler, he was a member of the Shrewsburg Eleven of 1866. Subsequently ill-health handicapped him, and he made no mark in the game whilst at Oxford. In 1874, however, he played for Gloucestershire v. Yorkshire at Sheffield.

RAIKES, THE REV. WALTER ALLAN, born at Madras on October 30, 1852, died at Edenbridge on November 25. A fair bat, a very good field at point, and a change bowler, he was in the Wellington College Eleven in 1869 and two following years. At Cambridge he obtained his Blue for Rugby football, playing against Oxford in 1873 and 1874.

RATCLIFFE, MR. GEORGE, who died at Nottingham on March 7, was a good bat of the forcing type and a useful change bowler. He appeared for Derbyshire in 1887 and two following seasons.

ROBINSON, MR. WILLIAM, who died on March 21, aged 64, had kept wicket for Auckland, N.Z., for some years prior to the War. He was a Cambridge man by birth.

ROWE, MR. FRANCIS ERSKINE, born at Hartford End, Felsted, on November 30, 1864, died at Littlehampton on May 17. He was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1881 and two following years, being captain in 1882 and 1883. In his five Public School matches--three against Rugby and two against Cheltenham--his highest score was 67 v. Cheltenham in 1883. Although a good average batsman and field at point, he did not obtain his Blue for Cambridge. He played for both Essex and Berkshire, and at Leyton in July, 1892, made 129 against Surrey.

RUSH, MR. H. R., who died suddenly at Malvern, in Victoria, on September 28, had been for long a well-known figure in Australian cricketing circles. For twenty-one years Honorary Secretary and Chairman of Executive of the Victorian Cricket Association, he was for a like period a member of the Australian Board of Control--Chairman in 1924-5. For three years, also, he had been a State Selector.

SCHNEIDER, MR. KARL J., who died at Adelaide on September 5, of heart failure, had had a brief but brilliant career. Although very short, he was in quite the first flight of left-handed batsmen. He had not many strokes, but his footwork was excellent and he could hit hard: in addition a brilliant out-field, he could also bowl a useful slow ball. For four years he appeared in the Xavier College Eleven, at Melbourne, and for a little while he was also at Melbourne University. In club matches for the Melbourne C.C. in 1921-2 his average was 134.66, and during his last season in first-class cricket--1927-8,--his figures were 10-0-143-520-52.00. When Victoria totalled 1059 against Tasmania in 1922-3 he made 55, assisting Ponsford, who set up a new record in scoring 429, to add 164 for the seventh wicket. Subsequently his chief triumphs were obtained for South Australia during the seasons 1926-7 and 1927-8, when he scored 146 and 108 v. New South Wales, 107 v. West Australia, 143 v. Victoria, and 114 v. Queensland. First with A. J. Richardson and later with G. W. Harris, he proved himself a splendid man to open the innings. Against Victoria at Melbourne in 1927-8 he and Harris figured in first wicket stands of 89 and 138. Just a year ago he took part in the Australian tour of New Zealand, where he continued to display capital form. In the match with Canterbury he scored 138, he and Oldfield, who made 137, pulling round the game by adding 229 together after six wickets had fallen for 135.

SHUTER. MR. LEONARD ALLEN, elder brother of the late Mr. John Shuter, was born at Thornton Health, in Surrey, on May 15, 1852, and died at Eastbourne on July 13. A fairly attractive batsman, he could also field well at cover-point and bowl with either hand--slow left or fast right. He appeared in 37 matches for Surrey between 1876 and 1883, making 1,040 runs with an average of 16.50. His highest scores--both against Kent at the Oval--were 89 in 1877 and 65 in 1879. He had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1877 and of the Surrey County C.C. a year longer.

SPEED, MAJOR FRANCIS ELMER, born in London on February 28, 1859, died at Knowlton Court, Canterbury, on August 23. A member of the Rugby Elevens of 1875 and the two following years--captain in 1877--he was a sound batsman and in the field, though not always, wicket-keeper. He played some county cricket for Herefordshire.

SPENCER-SMITH, CAPT. GILBERT JOSHUA, born at Brooklands, Hants.,on December 17, 1843, died at Bursledon, Southampton, on February 4, aged 84. A good slow round-armed bowler, and quick at short slip, he was a member of R. A. H. Mitchell's Eton team of 1861 which drew with Harrow and beat Winchester by nine wicket. Later he played for the Gentlemen of Hampshire and took part in much Regimental cricket in India, where his bowling was very successful. He was twin-brother of the late Rev. Orlando Spencer Smith, of Eton and Oxford.

STREET, MR. FRANCIS EDWARD, born at Hampstead on February 16, 1851, died at Armidale, New South Wales, in June. Scores and Biographies said of him A promising bat and good field, generally taking long-leg or cover-point. He was in the Uppingham Eleven in 1868 and played for Kent three times in 1875 and once in 1877. For some years he appeared for the Uppingham Rovers, and he also took part in club cricket for Beckenham and Chislehurst.

TEESDALE, MR. MARMADUKE JOHN, who died at Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, on February 10, aged 84, was in the Winchester Eleven in 1862. He was a stubborn batsman and a good field at point.

THARP, MR. ARTHUR KEANE, born at Chippenham, Cambs., on September 15, 1848, died at Bitterne Park, Hants., on November 17, aged 80. A useful all-round cricketer, he was in the Haileybury Eleven in 1863 and three following years, being captain in 1866. He played for Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

THESIGER, THE HON. SIR EDWARD PEIRSON, K.C. B., born in London on December 19, 1842, died there on November 11, aged 85. A useful batsman and a good longstop, he also could bowl slow underhand as a change. For twelve years he was Honorary Secretary of the Civil Service C.C., and for that club, against Tooting in July, 1868, he scored 205 not out, he and W. Lindsay (136) making 248 before a wicket fell. He also played occasionally for I. Zingari and the Gentlemen of Hampshire. For over fifty years he was an official in the House of Lord's.

THORNTON, MR. RICHARD THORNTON ( PARSON), born at Folkestone on March 28, 1853, died at Eastbourne on May 30, aged 75. A brother of Messrs. A. J. and W. A. Thornton, he was a free-hitting bat and could bowl both slow-round and lobs. With the latter he was very successful indeed in club game. His earliest experience of county cricket was for Devon, and for Dorset and Wiltshire sides, but in 1881 he played in the first of his 46 matches for Kent. With 79 against Surrey at the Oval in 1885 as his highest score, he made 1,495 runs for the last mentioned team with an average of 21.66. When he visited America with Mr. E. J. Sanders' team in 1885 he played an innings of 107 against Philadelphia, and when a Philadelphian side came to England four years later he scored 111 at their expense for M.C.C. at Lord's. Among his many large innings in club games were 201 not out for Sidmouth, 207 for blue Mantles, and 200 not out for Mote Park. In 1895 he went to Portugal with Mr. T. Westray's team. In a match at Southborough he once made hits for 7 and 8 off consecutive balls from Mr. A. F. J. Ford. He and D. D. Pontifex, both of whom wore spectacles, made 222 together for the first wicket of Incogniti v. Gentlemen of Sussex at Hove in 1885. Whilst at Oxford Mr. Thornton obtained his Blue for Association football, but not for cricket.

VERNON, THE REV. CANON JAMES EDMUND, born on April 13, 1837, died at Alassio on February 1, aged 90. While not a famous cricketer, he played for Huntingdonshire, the Anomalies and Surrey Club and Ground, besides founding the West Somerset Wanderers, which acted as the pioneer of the Somerset County C.C. He was often referred to as The Father of Somerset County Cricket.

WALPOLE, MR. RALPH CHARLES, born on June 5, 1844, died in London on February 20 aged 83. He was in the Radley Eleven in 1860 and two following year. From 1887 until 1908, Librarian of the House of Commons.

WARDEN MR. JEHANGIR SORABJI, one of the best all-round cricketers the Parsis ever had, was born at Bombay on January 13, 1885, and died there on January 16, aged 43. He came to the front as a slow left-handed bowler with a big break, and he developed into quite a good bat. In 1911 he toured England with the All India team making 928 runs with an average of 22.09 and taking 94 wickets for 20.42 runs each. In the game with Northumberland at Newcastle-on-Tyne, which the county won by one wicket, he scored 116 and 11 and had analyses of three for 85 and eight for 88. In the Quadrangular Tournaments in Bombay he invariably made his presence felt with bat or ball, if not with both, and in such cricket he made 528 runs with an average of 40.61 and took forty-eight wickets for 12.25 apiece. When he carried out his bat for 115 against the Hindus in 1912, the next highest score in the total of 183 was only 15; and when he made 85 v. Mahommedans in 1912, he and H. D. Kanga (150) added 209 together for the third wicket.

For Jorah Bajan v. Customs, at Calcutta, in 1920, he took five wickets with the first five balls of the match. He was the author of Knotty Cricket Problems Solved.

WELLS, MR. LIONEL SEYMOUR, a brother of Mr. C. M. Wells, was born on February 3, 1870, and, after practicing at the Oval, died in the Pavilion on April 26, aged 58. A useful forcing batsman and slow bowler, he played occasionally for Middlesex between 1898 and 1905 as well as for the now defunct London County C.C. In London club cricket he was associated chiefly with the Wanderers and the Crystal Palace C.C.


Particulars of the following Deaths were received too late for publication in WISDEN'S CRICKETER'S ALMANACK of1928.

ACKROYD, MR. ALFRED, born at Birkenshaw, near Leeds, on August 29, 1858, died on October 2, 1927. Scores and Biographies (xii-560) said of him, Is a good batsman, a fast, round-armed bowler, and fields generally mid-wicket off or on. He was in the Uppingham Eleven in 1875 and two following years, and in 1879 made one appearance for Yorkshire--v. Middlesex at Lord's.

VICKERS, MR. WILLIAM WALLBRIDGE, born at Toronto on August 6, 1862, died there on June 28, 1927, aged 64. A fairly good wicket-keeper and long-stop, and a steady bat, he had been captain of the Toronto University Eleven and a member of the Canadian team which visited England in 1887.

WATNEY, MR. ARTHUR GORDON, born on January 11, 1868, died in London on December 19, 1927. He was in the Winchester Eleven of 1884.


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