ALEXANDER, MR. GEORGE, who was born at Fitzroy, in Victoria, on April 22, 1851, died in Melbourne on November 7. He was a hard-hitting batsman, a good change fast bowler, a smart field and a sure catch. He will perhaps be better remembered as the Manager of the Australian teams which visited us under the captaincy of W. L. Murdoch in 1880 and 1884. He was further identified with English cricket when he acted in the same capacity for the Hon. Ivo Bligh's side which went out to Australia in our winter of 1882-3. He took part in two Test matches, at the Oval in 1880 and at Adelaide in December, 1884. In the great contest at the Oval in 1880--the first real Test match--he joined Murdoch on the third day when Australia, with eight men out, required 84 runs to avoid a single innings defeat. Previously in eleven-a-side games in this country he had scored only 10 runs in four innings but on this all-important occasion he made 33 and shared in a stand of 52. W. H. Moule, who up to then had taken part in no eleven-a-side match at all in England, afterwards helped Murdoch to add 88 and England, so far from winning in an innings, had 57 to get to win and lost half their wickets for 30. For Victoria v. New South Wales at Melbourne in 1879-80 he made 75, the highest score for either side, besides taking five wickets for 64 runs. For the Australian team of 1880 during their whole tour, in England and the Colonies, he obtained 109 wickets for exactly nine runs each. In the match with 22 of Southland, at Invercargill, he took eleven in an innings for 45. Later, at Melbourne in 1883-4, he played an innings of 50 for the Australian team against The Rest.
ASHER, SIR AUGUSTUS GORDON GRANT, born in India on December 18, 1861, died at Kingussie on July 15, aged 68. He was an Oxford triple Blue, and one of the leading athletes in the eighties. He left Uppingham too young to be in the Eleven, but he played for Loretto in 1878 and three following years, and in 1883 appeared for Oxford v. Cambridge. Scores and Biographies summed him up as A fine dashing batsman, though somewhat weak in defence, a fast bowler, and a good field at cover-point and in the long-field. For Fettesian-Lorettonians v. Fettes inJuly, 1885, he made 261 in two hours, and at Lord's in July, 1892, played an innings of 215 for Grange v. M.C.C., he and R. H. Johnson putting on 328 together for the fourth wicket.
He gained a place in the Oxford Rugby football team on 1881, as a freshman, played against Cambridge for the next three years and was captain in 1884. In his first two seasons at Oxford, Grant Asher served under Harry Vassall, most famous of captains, and in his last three matches against Cambridge he had as his colleague Alan Rotherham--like Grant Asher--one of the greatest half-backs the Rugby game ever produced. Naturally the two men made a most brilliant pair. In the first year they figured as partners, Oxford not only won all their matches but furnished twelve international players, and a season later the Dark Blues won twenty matches, suffered no defeat, and provided thirteen internationals. Grant Asher also appeared seven times for Scotland. Not only did he represent Oxford at cricket and Rugby football, but in 1885 he also secured his Blue for athletics, and won the Long Jump against Cambridge, while in that and the following year he was champion pole-jumper of Scotland. After leaving Oxford, Grant Asher became a Writer to the Signet and in 1896 was appointed clerk to the Mid-Lothian County Council. He was made C. B. E. in 1918 and knighted in 1927.
ASTON, MR. RANDOLPH LITTLETON, born on September 6, 1869, died on November 3, aged 61. He was educated at Cheltenham College, Westminster, Berkhamsted and Tonbridge, being in the Eleven of the last-named School in 1886 and two following years. At Tonbridge he was also in the football Fifteen for two years and won the cup for athletics. He gained his Cambridge Blue for Rugby football in 1889 and 1890, played for England against Scotland and Ireland in 1890, and was a member of the English team which, under the leadership of W. E. Maclagan, visited South Africa in 1891 and won all their matches, putting on 222 points and having only three registered against them. Aston in the course of that tour gained 30 tries. He earned undying football fame in the match against Scotland for a try which, although actually scored by Dyson of Huddersfield, was so clearly the result of Aston's work that it was always known as Aston's try.
BATHER MR. EDWARD WILLIAM, who died suddenly at Meole Brace, Shropshire, on March 24, aged 76, gained a place in the Shrewsbury School Eleven in 1869 and led the side in his third year, 1871. He played some county cricket for Shropshire.
BIRD, MR. GEORGE, born at Hornsey, on July 30, 1849, died at Esher, Surrey, on October 28, aged 81. A member of the M.C.C. since 1870, he had played in many matches for the Club. He was a sound and effective batsman with a graceful style and a good field in any position. At Lord's in July, 1873, he scored 116 not out and 30 for Fifteen Gentlemen of M.C.C. (with Rylott) against R. A. FitzGerald's Anglo-American Team of 1872, that being his best performance in a match of note. Between 1872 and 1877 he took part in some Middlesex cricket and in 1880 appeared for Lancashire under the residential qualification. He was father of M. C. Bird, the old Harrovian.
BIRKBECK, MR. HENRY, born in London on May 12, 1854, died at Westacre, Norfolk, on February 11, aged 75. Scores and Biographies said of him: A capital batsman, a fast round-armed bowler, and fields generally at long-leg and cover-point. He did not distinguish himself whilst at Eton, but later played for and captained Norfolk. He had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1877.
BLUCKE, THE REV. ROBERT STEUART KIDGELL, Rector of Monxton, Andover, died there on March 19, aged 71. He kept wicket for Leicetershire against the Australians in 1880.
BOXALL, JAMES, born at Mitcham on August 31, 1866, died on November 10, aged 64. He was tried for Surrey without success in 1888, and for many years was professional and groundsman of the Mitcham C.C.
BROWN, THOMAS AUSTIN, born at Wollaston, Notts, on April 11, 1869, died at Dunstable on March 12, aged 60. A fair bat and a good fast right-handed bowler, he played for both Northants. and Bedfordshire. Subsequently he was on the staff at Lord's until his health failed and in later years stood as umpire in many first-class matches.
BUCKNILL, MR. SAMUEL PRATT BERENS, born in 1849, died in London on May 8. Whilst at Rugby, where he was coached by Diver and Hayward, he was in the Elevenin 1867and 1868, in the latter year succeeding Bernard Pauncefote as captain. A hard-hitting batsman with driving his forte, he could also long-stop well. He played some cricket for Warwickshire and had been a member of the M.C.C. for 49 years.
BURTON, GEORGE, born at Hampstead on May 1, 1851, died on May 6. A slow right-handed bowler, Burton did not play for Middlesex until 30 years of age, but in his first match--against Surrey at Lord's--he bowled Harry Jupp with the second ball he sent down and in the second innings (in which he secured five wickets for 20) he dismissed John Shuter, the Surrey captain, with his first ball. In the course of a county career which extended from 1881 to 1893 he obtained 544 wickets for Middlesex for 17 runs apiece. He enjoyed some notable successes against Yorkshire--seven wickets for 20 and seven wickets for 18 at Lord's and sixteen wickets for 114 at Sheffield, this last performance following upon a match at the Oval in which he obtained thirteen Surrey wickets (including all ten in the first innings) for 78. A member of the M.C.C. ground staff from 1883 to 1904, he, in 1894 against Oxford City, again took all ten wickets in an innings. A coachsmith by trade, Burton, even when assisting Middlesex regularly, put in, as a rule, several hours' work before taking the field. He was given two benefits-- Middlesex v. Surrey in 1892 and Middlesex v. Somerset in 1905. For many years he scored for Middlesex and right up to the end he was honorary secretary to the Cricketers' Fund Friendly Society.
COVENTRY, THE 9TH EARL OF (GEORGE WILLIAM COVENTRY), born in London on May 9, 1838, died at Croome Court, Worcestershire, on March 13, aged 91. A great lover of the game, he was also a hard slashing hitter and slow lob bowler, and had played for Worcestershire. Since 1856 he had been a member of the M.C.C. and in 1859, when twenty-one years of age, was the Club's President. He also belonged to I Zingari and had been a member of the Jockey Club for seventy years. At the time of his death he was Father of the House of Lord's, having been a peer for the record period of 86 years and ten months. He was father of the Hon. H. T. Coventry, who toured South Africa with Major Warton'steam in 1888-9, and of the Hon. H. T. Coventry of the Eton Elevens of 1886 and 1887.
CROOME, MR. ARTHUR CAPEL MOLYNEUX, born at Stroud, Gloucestershire, on February 21, 1866, died in a nursing-home at Maidenhead on September 11, aged 64. A good hard-hitting batsman and an energetic field at mid-off, he was in the Wellinton Eleven in 1883 and 1884, played for Oxford against Cambridge in 1888 and 1889, and appeared for Gloucestershire between 1885 and 1892, and for Berkshire from 1895 until 1901, being captain of the last-mentioned side 1895-1900. Among his good innings in first-class cricket were 81 for Oxford v. M.C.C. at Lord's in 1889, 71 for Gloucestershire v. Lancashire at Clifton in 1890, and 66 for Past and Present of Oxford v. Australians at Leyton in 1888. Whilst fielding against Lancashire at Manchester in 1887, he impaled himself on the railings; one of the points entered his neck, and for some time his life hung in the balance, but after a severe illness he regained his health. His highest score for Berkshire was 158 v. Hertfordshire at St. Albans in 1897. In September, 1890, he made 120 in thirty-seven minutes for A. S. Winterbotham's XI at Thornbury. As a golfer, hurdler and skater he gained many honours, and he took part in the inter-University Sports from 1886 to 1889 inclusive, winning the hurdle race in 162/5 seconds in 1886 and being second in the same event two years later. For many years, from 1889 onwards, he was an assistant-master at Radley College but later on became an author and journalist by profession.
DAVIES, CAPT. PHILIP HAVELOCK, M. C., born at Brighton on August 30, 1893, died at the Catholic Military Hospital, Yorks, on January 30, aged 36. A useful batsman and a good fast bowler, quick off the pitch, he was in the Brighton College XI in 1909 and three following seasons. In 1910 he took 67 wickets for little more than ten runs each, and in his last year was first in both batting and bowling, his respective averages being 31 and--for 78 wickets--less than eleven. Obtaining his Blue for Oxford in 1913, he played twice against Cambridge, taking in the two games eight wickets for 132 runs. In the University's match with Middlesex at Oxford in 1914 hedid the hat-trick. His county cricket was played for Sussex.
DOBBIE, COL. H. H., who died at Victoria, British Columbia, on April 19, aged 71, had been a very fast bowler and an excellent field. In 1876, when he captained Charterhouse during his fourth year as a member of the Eleven, he enjoyed a very successful season, taking 115 wickets for little more than five runs each. In the match with Westminster his analyses were six for 18 and three for 8, he and R. Wood bowling unchanged through innings of 63 and 22, and Charterhouse winning by 196 runs. When Wellington were beaten by 47 his figures were six for 24 and two for 26.
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN, M. D. (Edin.), the well-known author, born at Edinburgh on May 22, 1859, died at Crowborough, Sussex, on July 7, aged 71. Although never a famous cricketer, he could hit hard and bowl slows with a puzzling flight. For M.C.C. v. Cambridgeshire at Lord's, in 1899, he took seven wickets for 61 runs, and on the same ground two years later carried out his bat for 32 against Leicestershire, who had Woodcock, Geeson and King to bowl for them. In the Times of October 27, 1915, he was the author of an article on The Greatest of Cricketers. An Appreciation of Dr. Grace. (It is said that Shacklock, the former Nottinghamshire player, inspired him with the Christian name of his famous character, Sherlock Holmes, and that of the latter's brother Mycroft was suggested by the Derbyshire cricketers.)
FAULKNER, MAJOR GEORGE AUBREY, born at Port Elizabeth on December 17, 1881, died of gas poisoning at the Faulkner School of Cricket, Ltd., on September 10, at the age of 48. During the South African War andwhilst living in Cape Town, he received some coaching from Walter Richards, of Warwickshire, then engaged by Western Province, and later became not only one of the dominating figures in South African cricket but also one of the finest of all-round players. One of the earliest exponents of the googly, he differed from other bowlers of that type because of his ability to send down quite a fast ball, almost a yorker, and when at his best, with faultless length, skill in turning the ball either way and a puzzling variation of flight he proved too much for some of the world's greatest batsmen.
Many will remember his fine bowling at Leeds in 1907 when, playing for South Africa in the second Test match of that series against England, he dismissed six men in the course of eleven overs for 17 runs. His career was full of remarkable performances. In that same season of 1907 he, in all matches for the South Africans, scored 1,288 runs and took seventy-three wickets. He was probably at his best in 1909-10 when his doings with both bat and ball against the English team were magnificent. When South Africa visited Australia in the season of 1910-11, Faulkner headed the Test match batting averages with 732 runs and an average of 73.20. In all matches during that tour he scored 2,080 runs, taking sixty wickets, and in the Test match at Melbourne he hit a splendid 204. For the team of 1912 he made 1,075 runs and obtained 163 wickets. Although at the beginning of his career, particularly at the time when he first became prominent in South African Inter-State cricket in 1906, he was of little value as a batsman, he became as the years passed, almost as great a batsman as he was a bowler. His style rather conveyed the impression of awkwardness and he could not, at any time, be described as a free, forcible bat. Nevertheless, very few men made runs with more assurance than Faulkner, and he was a most difficult batsman to get out. After settling down in England he had a great season in club cricket in Nottinghamshire, making twelve hundreds in scoring 2,868 runs with an average of 84.35, besides taking 218 wickets, including all ten in an innings on two occasions. Still, his finest innings in this country was at Eastbourne in 1921 when by a wonderful 153 against the Australians--up to that point an unbeaten side--he virtually gave victory to A. C. MacLaren's XI. Faulkner was also a first-rate field.
When the time came for him to retire from the game, he gained much distinction as acoach. He followed a theory entirely his own when he established the first cricket school known in London and at the time of his death the school had earned world-wide fame. Faulkner devoted the greater part of his time to the school, though he found opportunity to write many articles on the game. During the European War he served with distinction with the R.F.A. in Salonika, Egypt and Palestine, gaining the D.S.O. in 1918 and the Order of the Nile.
FILGATE, MR. CHARLES RODEN, born at Cheltenham on October 16, 1849, died at Northwood, Middlesex, after a prolonged period of ill-health, on September 1, in his eighty-first year. Scores and Biographies said of him: Has a strong defence, combined with fine hitting powers, besides being a brilliant field anywhere (though generally at long-leg or cover-point) with a quick return. At Cheltenham College, where H. W. Renny-Tailyour and George Strachan were among his contemporaries, he was coached by James Lillywhite, senior and junior, and was in the Eleven four years, 1865to 1868 inclusive. In each of his last two seasons there he made over a thousand runs, his aggregate in 1868 being 1,027 with an average of 54. Beginning his county cricket in 1870, he took part in many Gloucestershire triumphs. Against Surrey at the Oval in 1873 he carried out his bat for 58, and in the match with Sussex at Clifton three years later he scored 93. He also took part in much cricket in Ireland and, for County Louth in 1868, at the age of eighteen, he made 158 v. Navan. For the long period of sixty-two years--since 1869--he had been a member of the M.C.C. When playing for the Club against Yorkshire at Lord's, in 1870, he had the unusual experience of seeing all his three stumps sent out of the ground when bowled by Freeman.
GORDON-STEWARD, BRIG.-GENERAL CHARLES STEWARD, C. B. E., who will be better remembered by cricketers as C. S. Gordon, was born at Oakleaze, Gloucestershire, on September 8, 1849, and died at Nottingham House, Weymouth, on March 24, aged 80. He was described as An effective batsman, possessing great freedom of play. In the field is good anywhere, while his bowling is slow under-hand. He could also keep wicket, if required. He was acknowledged to be the most useful member of the Marlborough elevens of 1867 and 1868, his batting average in the latter year being a fraction under 31. His first appearance in first-class cricket was in February 1870 at Melbourne, where he was stationed for a time with the14th ( Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot, and with which he returned to England a few days after the match. Playing for Victoria v. New South Wales he made in his second innings 121 out of 255 in four hours and three-quarters without a mistake. After playing county cricket for Dorset he appeared for some seasons for Gloucestershire, for whom he scored 96 v. Sussex at Clifton in 1874, he and G. F. Grace (103) adding 209 for the fourth wicket. His cutting on that occasion was described as superb. He also made 53 v. M.C.C. at Lord's in 1870 and 68 v. Surrey at the Oval a year later. For Marlborough College v. C. L. Bell's XI in June, 1868, he made a hit to square leg for ten without an overthrow, and for Aldershot Division v. Royal Artillery at Woolwich in August, 1874, he took sixteen wickets.
GRACE, MRS. AGNES NICHOLLS, widow of W. G., died at Hawkhurst, Kent, on March 23, aged 76. Mrs. Grace possessed a rare fund of reminiscences of the game. Her memory will be cherished by many cricketers.
GUGGISBERG, BRIG.-GENERAL SIR FREDERICK GORDON, K.C.M.G., D.S.O., born in Toronto on July 20, 1869, died in Bexhill on April 21, aged 60. Besides playing for the M.C.C. he kept up the game successfully in various parts of the world, especially in Singapore, and in 1893-4 was a member of the Straits Settlement team which visited Ceylon. He dealt entertainingly with cricket in The Shop: the Story of the Royal Military Academy, while to Imperial Cricket he contributed a chapter on Cricket in West Africa. He was Governor of the Gold Coast Colony 1919-1927 and later Governor of British Guiana.
GUNN, MR. ARCHIBALD, born at Taunton on October 11, 1863, died in New York City on January 16, aged 66. Educated at Tettenhall College, he was a very hard hitter and an excellent field at point. On settling in America he took part in much good-class cricket and in 1896 played against the Australian team. He was a well-known artist. The cricket menu cards he designed are much valued by collectors.
HARDING, MR. BURCHAM, who was born at King's Lynn, died on April 20, in his 82nd year, at Simcoe, Ontario. In his school days, whilst a member of the Felsted Eleven, he was described as an uncertain bat, a fair left-hand round-armed bowler, and a good point. He settled in America and, keeping up the game until well advanced in years, scored 104 for Staten Island v. New York Veterans in 1907 when58 years of age.
HARDING, MR. ROY, a wicket-keeper of much promise, was drowned in the Swan River on January 1, aged 18. He had been selected for the West Australian team to tour the Eastern States.
HAWKINS, MAJOR HENRY, born at Kegworth, in Leicestershire, on January 15, 1876, died at Everdon Hall, near Daventry, in the second week of August, aged 54. Educated at Taunton and Heidelberg, he was a spirited batsman and fast bowler and played for Northamptonshire occasionally. From 1913 until 1920 he was Master of the Grafton Hunt and later was Master of the Atherton for two seasons.
HAYMAN, MR. HERBERT B., born on October 5, 1873, died on July 31, at the age of 56. A capital hard-hitting bat and excellent outfield, he began to assist Middlesex in 1893, and in all matches for the County made 3,518 runs with an average of 25. His highest scores for the side were 152 v. Yorkshire at Lord's in 1896 and 110 v. Gloucestershire on the same ground in 1901: in the former game he made 218 for the first wicket with A. E. Stoddart and in the latter 200 with P. F. Warner. Against Kent at Catford in 1898 he carried his bat through the innings for 104, and twice at the Oval--in 1896 and 1901--took part in the Gentlemen v. Players match. For the Hampstead C.C., for whom he played with Stoddart, Spofforth and other first-class cricketers, he did some remarkable things. When the Club made 273 for two wickets in ninety-five minutes v. Eltham, at Hampstead in 1901, he and B. Everett took the total from 100 to 178 in twenty minutes; on that occasion he carried out his bat for 164, at one period of his innings making eight 4's and a 6 in successive scoring hits. Four years later, also on the Hampstead ground, he made 201, run out, after Upper Tooting had declared at 377 for seven, leaving the home side two and a half hours in which to bat. In that time 348 were made for the loss of four men, Hayman, hitting three 6's and thirty 4's, and obtaining his runs in eighty minutes.
HEATH, COLONEL ARTHUR HOWARD, born at Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, on May 29, 1856, died in London on April 21, in his 74th year. He was summed-up as A free-hitting bat, strong on the off-side, fielded well at long-leg or cover-point,bowled fast-round and lobs. In 1873 and two next years he was in the Clifton Eleven, making 120 not out v. Sherborne in 1874and a faultless 164 v. Cheltenhamin 1875--in each case on his opponents' ground. He also played for Gloucestershire in 1875. Going up to Oxford, he played in the XI. in 1876-7-8-9, but hardly did himself justice against Cambridge, though in 1878 he took two wickets for four runs with five deliveries and in 1879 played an innings of 45. Among his notable scores for Oxford were: 1876, 71 against Middlesex and 50 against M.C.C.; 1879, 61 against Middlesex. He played for Middlesex in 1878 against Yorkshire at Sheffield, and against Notts at Trent Bridge. Colonel Heath had a long active and official association with the Staffordshire Cricket Club. He played for the county from 1879 to 1898 and was captain from 1884 to 1893, hon. secretary from 1886 to 1888, and for many years hon. treasurer. He was chiefly a bat and a safe field but could bowl on occasion. His highest scores for the county were 217 v. Lincolnshire at Stoke in 1889--made in four hours--and 155 not out v. Cheshire in 1882. Whilst bowling for M.C.C. in Surrey's second innings at Lord's in 1876, he sent down a curious over. The first ball was a wide, the second jumped over long-stop's head and five byes resulted, the third knocked Elliott's middle stump out of the ground, the fourth nearly bowled R. Humphrey, the fifth was a wide for which two were run, and the sixth was played. Col. Heath was also well known as a Rugby footballer in the seventies. He was in the Oxford University XV. v. Cambridge in 1875, 1877, 1879, and 1880, and appeared for England against Scotland in 1876, the last occasion on which twenty-a-side was played in International games. He represented Hanley and, later, Leek in Parliament in the Conservative interest.
HILLS, MR. HENRY FRANCIS, who had played a few times for Essex, died at Earls Colne on March 24, aged 91. Against Suffolk at Ipswich in 1881 he took five wickets for 17 runs.
HOARE, MR. HENRY SEYMOUR, born on July 19, 1849, died on June 16, aged 80. Described as A brilliant field and a very hard hitter, he was in the Harrow Eleven of 1868 and so took part in the match with Etonin which C. I. Thornton hit a ball from C.T Giles over the old pavilion Lord's. His grandfather and great-grand-father were old Harrovians and he belonged to a family which has been associated with the game for several generations. A genealogical table showing the relationship existing between the many players can be seen on page 140 of Eton v. Harrow at the wicket.
HOPKINS, JESSE, born at Bimingham, on June 30, 1875, died at Southampton, on January 16, aged 54. A right-handed bowler with a high action, he played for Warwickshire between 1898 and 1903 and against Kent at Edgbaston in the first of those seasons took five wickets for 10 runs. In 1904 he went to Southampton and became one of the best-known groundsmen in the country. He qualified automatically for Hampshire and made a few appearances for that county.
HORSFALL, JOSEPH, who was born in 1867 and died at Montreal on August 25, aged 63, played in one match for Yorkshire in 1888. He kept up the game on settling in Canada and for three years was President of the Montreal and District Amateur Cricket League.
LIGHT, W., born at St. Faith's on March 1, 1880, died suddenly at Exeter on November 10, aged 50. Summed-up as Good bowler, fair field and bat, he played for Hampshire whilst quite a boy and, after being engaged at Marlborough College, became professional to the Devon County C.C. He assisted the latter county under the residential qualification.
MALET, THE REV.CLEMENT DRAKE ELTON, who died at Holford on January 7, aged 84, was in the Winchester Eleven of 1863.
MARSHALL, MR. MURRAY WYATT, a member of a family identified prominently with the Surrey County C.C. since its formation, died at Godalming on July 28, at the age of 77, as the result of a chill caught whilst umpiring in a match at Haslemere. He was in the Wellington College Eleven in 1870, played much good class club cricket, and was Honorary Secretary of the Broadwater C.C. for well over fifty years. Since 1873 he had been a member of the Surrey Club, on whose Committee he had served frequently.
MILES, MR. ROBERT FENTON, born at Bingham, Notts, on January 24, 1846, died at Clifton, Bristol, on February 26, aged 84. He was one of the last survivors of the famous Gloucesterrshire eleven which between 1870 and 1880 took so high a place in county cricket. Miles went from Marlborough to Oxford, and in his second year was given his Blue by W. F. Maitland, who is still living. This was in 1867, when Oxford's chances in the University matchwere ruined by the illness of E. L. Fellowes, their best bowler. Miles did little that season but in 1868 and 1869 he retained his place, bowling slow left-hand with good effect in many of the University games. Perhaps his best performance was to take six for 65 against the All-England team when they played Sixteen of Oxford in 1869. He also got seven wickets in his last year against Cambridge and in the match with M.C.C., at Oxford, in 1868 he took five for 14. Nottinghamshire man by birth, Miles lived all his life in Bristol, where he was a banker. He played in three matches arranged by W. G. Grace in 1870, before the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club was formed and after the club was started in the following season he became a regular playing member of the side until 1879. In those days the strength of the county team was centred largely in the personal efforts of W. G. Grace and his two brothers, but there was some good outside talent. Matthews, Frank Townsend, and Moberly were all capital batsmen, J. A. Bush was an excellent wicket-keeper, and Miles a most useful bowler. Quite slow, left-hand, Miles owed much to a brilliant fielding side and took a lot of wickets. He exploited the off theory to such an extent that he bowled numerous wides, in the process of tempting indiscreet batsmen and in 1878, his best summer, when he took 31 wickets for 447 runs, he also had 48 wides against his name. Against Yorkshire at Clifton, in 1877, he had an analysis of four for 10. He was not much of a bat (right-handed) but in 1871, going in tenth against Surrey, he knocked up 79 in dashing style. In the Gloucestershire and Surrey match of 1872 he had a distressing experience for the last Surrey batsman came in with two runs to win, and put up his first ball from W.G. Grace into the hands of Miles at mid-on. Victory, the chronicler says, was literally in the grasp of Gloucestershire but unfortunately it did not stay there and Surrey won by one wicket. At that time Gloucestershire cricket was entirely amateur and no professional appeared for them until Midwinter, the Australian, came to England in 1877. In 1876 the county won the Championship--and won it with ease--without the assistance of any professional. That performance, in which Miles played a valuable part, has not been repeated since.
MILTON, SIR WILLIAM HENRY, C.M.G., K.C.M.G., late Administrator of Southern Rhodesia, was born on December 3, 1854 and died at Cannes on March 6, aged 75. He was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1871 and 1872 and in the latter year the Marlburian said of him: Possessestremendous hitting powers and good defence; hits equally hard to all parts of the field. Has a wonderful power of punishing loose bowling. A splendid field anywhere, and throws in beautifully: very quick at the wicket. For many years he was a prominent figure in the game in South Africa. He captained the Western Province C.C. for eleven years, 1885-1896, and had much to do with the visit of Major Warton's team in 1888-9. Whilst at Marlborough he was in the Football XX, and later was captain of the Marlborough Nomads. He played half-back for England against Scotland in 1874 and against Ireland in 1875.
MOTT, MR. CHARLES CHEAPE, born at Rugby on April 6, 1865, died in Liverpool on November 27. A useful batsman, he was in the Rugby School XI in 1884, and later on played for Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Denbighshire. His highest innings for Warwickshire were 84 v. Somerset at Edgbaston in 1887 and 80 v. Hampshire at Southampton two years later.
MOYLE, DR. JOHN BARON, D.C.L., Fellow and sometime Bursar of New College, Oxford, died suddenly in Oxford on February 25 in his 78th year. A fairly fast left-handed bowler, he was in the Winchester Eleven in 1869 and two following years, and under his leadership in 1871 the side did not lose a single match. He played some county cricket for Devon.
NEILL, MR. ROBERT, who died at Auckland on August 27, aged 65, had gained considerable reputation as a slow right-handed bowler. Against Canterbury at Auckland he took nine wickets in an innings twice--for 75 runs in 1891-2 and for 86 in 1897-8. In matches with Wellington on the same ground he obtained twelve for 136 in 1895-6 and eleven for 54 in 1899-1900 as well as twelve for 132 at Wellington in 1893-4.
NEWTON, MR. ARTHUR JOHN EDWARD, born on May 7, 1860, died in London on October 3, aged 70. His fast right-handed bowling gained him a place in the Celtenham College Eleven in 1877 and 1878 and in the latter year he headed the averages with 56 wickets for 11 runs each.
PARR, MR. HENRY BINGHAM, born at Grappenhall Hayes, near Warrington on June 5, 1845, died in Liverpool on March 24, aged 84. Scores and Biographies said of him: He is a good hitter, with stubborn defence and the patience of Job; fields generally at long-leg, and bowls `when required.' He was in the Cheltenham College Eleven in 1863 and 1864, and played for Gentlemen of Cheshire, Lancashire, and for North v.South. For Lancashire he made 61 v. Derbyshire at Manchester in 1873 and 52 v. Leicestershire at Leicester two years later. For Liverpool v. Dingle in 1874 he scored 202. He became Father of the Liverpool Stock Exchange which he joined in 1866.
PHILLIPS, JAMES, who was born at Port Adelaide in South Australia on September 1, 1860, and died at Burnaby, Vancouver, on April 21, will be remembered more for his work as an umpire than for anything he accomplished as a player. To Phillips more than anyone else is due the credit for stumping out throwing in first-class cricket. Going out to Australia to act as umpire with A. E. Stoddart's team in 1897-98, he twice no-balled Ernest Jones, the fast bowler, whose delivery when visiting this country with Harry Trott's team in 1896 was condemned as unfair, and the courageous action of Phillips found many imitators. throwing on English cricket grounds had for a long time been allowed to go on unchecked but in 1898 C. B. Fry was no-balled by West at Trent Bridge, by Phillips himself at Brighton and by Sherwin at Lord's, while a new Warwickshire bowler, Hopkins, came under the ban of Titchmarsh at Tonbridge. A storm of controversy was aroused after F. R. Spofforth, in a letter to the Sporting Life in 1897, suggested that the best way would be to legalise throwing and in one season it would bring about its own cure. However, as a result of Phillips' example, speedy and satisfactory action was taken by the captains of the first-class counties who at a meeting at Lord's in December, 1900 arrived at an agreement to deal strongly with the matter in the following summer. Then, in a match between Lancashire and Somerset at Old Trafford, Phillips no-balled Mold sixteen times. A strong agitation was got up on Mold's behalf but owing to the fact that the Lancashire fast bowler had been condemned as unfair by the county captains at their famous meeting--by a majority of eleven to one--this was systematically ignored. The M.C.C. Committee in the following December issued a circular to all the County secretaries in which was expressed the hope that the County Cricket Executives would, in future, decline to play bowlers with doubtful deliveries. Thereafter English bowling was more uniformly fair and above suspicion than in any season during the previous twenty-five years and, eventually, throwing practically disappeared.
Phillips was a good medium-pace bowler, a fairly useful batsman and a smart field at cover-point. He came to England in 1888 and joined the ground staff at Lord's, appearingfor Middlesexbetween 1890and 1898and for many years journeying between England and Australia. For a time he was engaged as coach at Chistchurch, in New Zealand, and whilst there played an innings of 110 not out for Canterbury v. Wellington in 1898-9. In the course of his career with Middlesex, Phillips made 1,091 runs and took 216 wickets for just over 22 runs each. Among his bowling feats were: seven wickets for 20 runs ( Victoria v. New South Wales at Melbourne in 1890-1); thirteen for 117 ( Middlesex v. Sussex at Lord's in 1895), and thirteen for 187 ( Middlesex v. Gloucestershire on the same ground in 1896). In the course of a week's cricket for M.C.C. at Lord's in 1888 he took sixteen of Scarborough's twenty wickets and dismissed four Notts Castle men in four balls. His benefit match was Middlesex v. Australians at Lord's in 1899.
RANDALL, MR. WILLIAM RICHARD, of the Winchester Eleven of 1867, died at Cronody, Bridgend, on January 27, aged 80. He was in the Winchester Eleven of 1867 when he made the highest score in the side's first innings against Eton. He was a capital field at long-leg, his throwing-in being splendid, and he played some county cricket for Glamorgan.
RICHARDS, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ARTHUR CAREW, was born on February 2, 1865, and died at Nottingham on November 9, aged 65. He was in the Eton Eleven in 1881 and two following years, and in his matches against Harrow and Winchester scored 118 runs besides taking sixteen wickets. He became quite a good batsman of vigorous methods and he could also bowl a useful slow ball and field well at short-slip. He played occasionally for Hampshire and took part in much military cricket. In an inter-company game of the 2nd Hampshire Regiment at Barberton, South Africa, in October 1901, he made 101 not out and 185, scoring altogether 286 out of 311 from the bat. No-one else could make more than two in the first innings, (through which he carried his bat), nor more than six in the second. He also took eight wickets in his opponents' first innings.
RICHARDSON, MR. RICHARD TASWELL, born at Broughton, Hants., on August 9, 1852, died at Capenhurst Hall, near Chester, on May16, aged 77. Is a good average bat, and in the field generally takes long stop.He was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1871, when he greatly distinguished himself at Lord's by scoring 85 and 73 against M.C.C., who had John West and Farrands to bowl for them. His highest innings that season was 129 not out v. R.A.C., Cirencester.
RICHARDSON, MR. WILLIAM ALFRED, born on August 22, 1866, died at Sydney, N.S.W., January 3, aged 63. He was a stylish right-handed batsman, a useful fast bowler, and brilliant field. In matches for New South Wales against Victoria he made 59 not out at Sydney in 1888-9 and 76 at Melbourne in 1895-6, and took four wickets for 18 runs at Sydney in 1887-8.
SAUNDERS, MR. DYCE WILLCOCKS, the G.O.M. of Canadian cricket, was born at Guelph, Ontario, on March 22, 1862, and died in London on June 12, aged 68. Scores and Biographies records: He was a batsman above the average, having a sound, strong, upright style, and was an excellent wicket-keeper. He was educated at Trinity College School, Port Hope, where he led the Eleven in 1879, and for some years he captained the Toronto C.C. He played for Canada in many representative matches, against both the United States and visiting English teams, and when he toured this country with the Gentlemen of Canada in 1887 he scored 613 runs with an average of 23. Keeping up the game well, he came over again thirty-five seasons later as a member of Mr. Norman Seagram's team, being then in his sixty-first year.
SHAW, MR. SAM, vice-President and Chairman of the Cricket Committee of the Yorkshire County C.C., died at Dewsbury on December 4, aged 78.
SHIRLEY, LIEUT.-COL. WILLIAM, C.M.G., born on December 11, 1866, died at Cannes on March 26, aged 63.He was author of How to Play Cricket, published in 1925. He changed his name by deed-pole from Scharlieb to Shirley in 1914.
SLATER, MR. WILLIAM DRAKE, who died at Otley on May 4, aged 83, was the last surviving member of the Yeadon team which played the Australians in 1878. For two seasons he was associated with the well-known Casey's clown cricketers who travelled from one end of the country to the other.
SLIGHT, MR. JAMES, born at Geelong, in Victoria, on November 17, 1855, died on December 10, aged 75. He was educated at South Melbourne Grammar School and was a member of the Australian team of 1880 which, under the captaincy of W. L. Murdoch, toured England and New Zealand. When at his best he was a batsman with a sound defence and a free style but impaired health, which necessitated an operation, handicapped him whilst in this country. He took part, however, in the first Test ever played here--at the Oval. His fielding at point and long-on was always good. For many years he played for the South Melbourne C.C. and, when he scored 279 for that club against St. Kilda in the early part of 1883, his first-wicket stand with J. Rosser (192) produced 395 runs.
SMITH, MR. CHARLES JOHN, born in London on January 19, 1849, died on May 8, aged 81. Scores and Biographies summed him up thus: As a batsman he possesses an excellent style, and is a good free hitter, is a capital field anywhere, and bowls fast round-armed, being altogether an energetic and useful cricketer. In 1866 he was a member of one of the best sides Harrow ever had; that year they beat Eton by an innings and 136 runs, Cobden and Money bowling with great effect. He was unable to play at Lord's the next year as about a fortnight before the match he cut his foot severely on a concealed scythe in jumping a ditch. His county cricket was confined to a few appearances for Middlesex.
SWALWELL, MAJOR REGINALD SAWDON, born on June 25, 1873, died at Sunningdale on September 20, in his 58th year. A batsman of some ability, he never played regularly in first-class cricket but he appeared several times for Yorkshire 2nd. XI., Dorset and Worcestershire, as well as for M.C.C. For Yokshire 2nd XI. in 1901 he carried his bat through the innings for 109 v. Surrey 2nd XI., at the Oval and a year later scored 100 against the same side at Harrogate. Among other good performances may be mentioned his 57 for Worcestershire v. Oxford University at Oxford in 1908and72 for M.C.C. v. Cambridge University at Lord's in 1921.
TAGART, LIEUT.-COL. ERNEST ONGLEY, who died at Tunbridge Wells on May 26, was in 1893 in the Clifton Eleven which included C. L. Townsend.
THEOBALD, CANON THE REV. CHARLES, born on July 4, 1831, died at Chichester on January 27, in his 99th year. A good bat and smart field at cover-point and long-leg, he was in the Winchester Eleven of 1848, playing at Lord's against both Harrow and Eton. In the following season, when he was possibly the side's best batsman, he was kept out of the game by an injured foot. He did not obtain his Blue for Oxford for, being one of sixteen children, the expense of joining the Magdalen Club, membership of which was then considered almost essential to obtain such distinction, could not be afforded. Canon Theobald lived to become the oldest Wykehamist and the oldest Public School cricketer.
TITCHMARSH, MR. CHARLES HAROLD, born at Royston, Herts., on February 18, 1881, died, following a stroke, at his native place, on May 23, in his fiftieth year. Educated at the Nonconformist College at Bishop's Stortford, he was in the Eleven for two years. Although short of stature, he possessed a neat style of batting and strong defence, having, moreover, most of the scoring strokes at his command. He made most of his runs in front of the wicket. He was a remarkably consistent batsman who, if he had played for a first-class county, would assuredly have acquired a great reputation. He was, also much above the average as a wicket-keeper. He played for the Gentlemen against the Players at the Oval in 1921 and 1925, but these were almost the only two big games in which he took part. Hertfordshire was his first county and he remained faithful to it all through his cricket life. He first played for Hertfordshire in 1906 and had an average of 44 that year. He had a bad season in 1909, and in seventeen innings scored only 141 runs, but after that there were no more failures and in 1914 he had an average of 67. When cricket was resumed after the War he continued to do great things for Hertfordshire and in his last season, 1929, had an average of 51 with a highest innings of 169. In all matches in 1913 he actually scored 4,016 runs and included among his scores that year were twenty-one centuries. In 1922-3 he formed one of the party that toured Australasia under the leadership of A. C. MacLaren. During his career he made well over a hundred three-figure scores, the first of themin 1897, at the age of sixteen.
TOMLINSON, RICHARD, for over forty years coach at Loretto, died at Musselburgh on March 1st, aged 88.
TOONE, SIR FREDERICK CHARLES, who was born on June 25, 1868, and died at Harrogate on June 10, at the age of 62, achieved no distinction as a player but as an organizer he stood supreme. His love for the game in its highest tradition--of which he was the stoutest upholder--was immense. A master of detail, he thought of everything, and the fact that he went three times to Australia as manager of the teams sent out by M.C.C. since the War clearly showed the extent to which he enjoyed the confidence of the ruling body of the game. To manage a touring side with success calls for various strong traits of character. Fred Toone had them all in abundance. Firm in principle, particularly where the interests of the men in his charge were concerned, he was courteous in manner, easy of address, and invariably tactful and obliging. Small wonder, therefore, that wherever he went in Australia he was always popular. He was Secretary of the Leicestershire C.C.C. 1897 to 1902 and of Yorkshire from 1903 until his death. The professionals of the latter county who had benefits during his regime all had cause to remember him, his work in making these successful being really wonderful. That of the late Roy Kilner produced £4,016. The Yorkshire County C.C. Year Book, which he edited, was a model compilation of its kind. In his younger days he was a very good runner, and for some seasons he played Rugby football regularly for the Leicester Club. On his return to England from the last Australian tour he received the honour of Knighthood from the King in recognition of his great work in helping to promote the best relations between the Commonwealth and the Mother Country. In January, 1927, he was presented with a testimonial of £3,500. To the last issue of Wisden he contributed an article on Australian Tours and their Management.
TRITTON, MR. WILFRID FRANCIS, born on March 3, 1849, died at Beddington, in Surrey, on October 3, aged 81. A younger brother of E. W. Tritton, he was in the Eton Eleven in 1867 and 1868, among his contemporaries being C. I. Thornton, C. J. Ottaway, G. H. Longman and Lord (then the Hon. G.) Harris. In the former year he scored 46 and 13 v. Harrow and in the latter 3 and 25 not out v. Winchester.
Altogether in the course of his brilliant career he scored 37,803 runs in first-class matches with an average of nearly 41 and made eighty-six separate centuries. He played frequently in Gentlemen v. Players matches and in 1901 made 140 at Lord's. He also took a leading part in Test match cricket between 1899 and 1909, appearing for England in sixteen games in this country and going out to Australia with A. C. MacLaren's team in 1901-02 and with the M.C.C.'s side two years later. In England he made three hundreds against Australia, scoring 138 at Birmingham in 1902 (after the side had started in disastrous fashion), 100 at Leeds in 1905, and 112 not out at the Oval in the latter year. In all he scored 1,661 runs in Test Matches with an average of 30. Tyldesley was a member of the team Lord Hawke took out to South Africa in the winter of 1898-99. He scored 742 runs during the tour with an average of 32. Among his innings was one of 112 in a Test match at Cape Town. There were few batsmen more attractive to watch than John Tyldesley. He was exceptionally quick on his feet and so always appeared to have plenty of time in which to make his strokes. Essentially a batsman of enterprise, when he went forward to the ball it was nearly always to hit. He also possessed a very strong defence and had at his command practically all the strokes in the game. His ability to adapt himself to circumstances was emphasised in a Test match at the Oval in 1905, when Armstrong, bowling well outside the leg-stump with an off-break, reduced to impotence a number of batsmen, but not Tyldesley, who drew back and cut him. One of the best of outfieldsmen, he was very fast, picked the ball up cleanly, and had a very accurate return, in addition to being a very sure catch.
His benefit match, against Yorkshire at Manchester in 1906, yielded a profit of £3,105. Ernest Tyldesley, the Lancashire batsman, is a younger brother of John Tyldesley.
TYLER, MR. FRED, a former Northamptonshire player, died at Northampton on October 15, aged 76.
WADSWORTH, MR. W. REIN, who died at Port Credit, Ontario, on January 13, had been a batsman with a free style, a useful medium-paced bowler and a capital field. He captained Trinity University in 1894 and in that year and the nextrepresented Canada v. United States, playing an innings of 70 in the game of 1895. He also appeared against visiting English and Australian teams.
WAGHORN, MR. HENRY THOMAS, born at Tunbridge Wells on April 11, 1842, died at Walmer on January 30, in his 88th year. He was a keen student of cricket history, and his two books Cricket Scores 1730 to 1773 and The Dawn of Cricket--the latter published by the M.C.C.--contain much valuable information respecting the early history of the game.
WALFORD, THE REV. O.S., a good long-stop and a moderate bat, was born in London on May 15, 1848, and died at Haslemere, in Surrey, on May 14, a day before completing his eighty-second year. In 1865 and two next seasons he was in the Charterhouse Eleven, among his contemporaries being C. E. B. Nepean.
WALROND, MR. SEYMOUR HENRY, died in a nursing home on October 24, aged 69. He was in the Rugby Eleven in 1879 and 1880. Each year he was on the winning side against Marlborough.
WELLS. MR. WILLIAM B., who died at Chatham, Ontario, on November 20th, 1930, as the result of a cycling accident, at the age of 83, had been a well-known cricketer in his time and had played against several teams which had visited Canada, including R. A. FitzGerald's, Daft's, and the Australian side of 1878. He also took part in the Halifax Tournament in Philadelphia in 1875.
WHEELER, MR. CECIL, the Honorary Treasurer of the Warwickshire County C.C., died at Edgbaston on February 13, aged 68. He took part in the formation of the Club and figured occasionally in the County Eleven between 1888 and 1890.
WHYSALL, WILLIAM WILFRID, who had reached the height of his fame last season, died in hospital at Nottingham on November 11. About a fortnight earlier he had fallen on a dance floor and injured his elbow. Septicaemia set in and, although a blood transfusion was performed, he passed away. Born at Woodborough, Notts., on October 31, 1887, he was only forty-three years of age at the time of his death. He matured slowly as a cricketer, and not until 1908 was he invited to join the ground staff at Trent Bridge. Two seasons later he made 140 for Notts 2nd XI. at Trent Bridge against Staffordshire, who had Sydney Barnes to bowl for them. While a useful wicket-keeper, he played for the county as a batsman and, though first tried for Nottinghamshire in 1910, he did not realize expectations until ten years later when, after the long break due to the War, he resumed his place in the side. From that time he forged ahead rapidly until he became the most reliable batsmanin the Eleven, a position he held unchallenged last summer when he headed the averages with 47.84 for an aggregate of 1,866. During five consecutive summers he had an aggregate of over 2,000 runs in first-class matches and in 1929 he made 2,716 runs. Whysall possessed unlimited patience and a defence most difficult to penetrate. He could bring off all the strokes known to a modern batsman and, when really set, his pulling and off-driving were very sure. During the summer of 1921 Whysall became the recognized opening batsman with George Gunn and, altogether, the pair took part in forty first-wicket three-figure stands for the county. He was a capable catch in the slips. On the strength of his ability as a wicket-keeper as well as a batsman, he secured a place as deputy to Strudwick in the M.C.C. team that toured Australia under the captaincy of A. E. R. Gilligan in the winter of 1924-25, but it was for his batting that he played in three of the Test Matches, scoring 186 runs with an average of 37.20. When England lost the third Test Match by 11 runs, he was the highest scorer with 75 in the great effort to gain a victory. His form, although always consistent, did not earn him a place in another Test match until last August, when at the Oval he had the disappointing experience of being dismissed for 13 and 10 in the prolonged struggle which resulted in Australia recovering the Ashes. He was accorded a benefit in 1926, when Yorkshire visited Trent Bridge. In all first-class matches he scored 51 centuries, eight of them last season, with 248 against Northamptonshire as his highest. In four consecutive matches for his county in 1924, he scored 61 and 150 not out v. Hampshire, 7 and 138 v. Northamptonshire, 151 and 23 not out v. Kent, and 131 v. Worcestershire, while last year four of his hundreds were made in successive innings.
WILLIS, MR. CARL BLEACKLEY, born on March 23, 1893 at Daylesford, died on May 11, aged 37. Educated at Wesley College, Melbourne, and Melbourne University, playing in the Eleven of both, he was a stylish bat and a very good outfield. As a member of the A.I.F. team of 1919 he was very successful, making four hundreds in scoring 1,652 runs in first-class matches with an average of 41 and being first among those who played regularly. His most meritorious innings was doubtless his 96 v. An England XI. at Scarborough. His highest scores were 156 not out v. Leicestershire, when he and C. E. Pellew added 261 for the fifth wicket, 129 not out v. Worcestershire when,with Pellewagain as partner, he helped to put on 301 (unseparated) for the fifth wicket in two hours and forty minutes, 130 v. Notts, when he and Oldfield added 169 for the ninth, and 127 v. Sussex. For the same team during its visit to South Africa he made 94 v. Western Province. His first big success was to play an innings of 168 for Victorian Colts against New South Wales Colts and Melbourne in 1912-13, and later he made 111 for A.I.F. v. Victoria in 1919-20, 133 for the Rest v. The Australian team at Sydney in 1921-2, and 100 for Victoria v. New South Wales, also at Sydney, in 1924-5. During the tour of the Victorian team in New Zealand in 1924-5 he scored 104 against Canterbury at Christchurch.
Particulars of the following Deaths were received too late for publication in WISDEN'S CRICKETERS' ALMANACKof 1930.
BENNET, COL.-FERDINANDO WALLIS, born at Newlyn, Cornwall, died on October 17, 1929. Educated at Sherborne, he appeared in one match for Kent in 1874. In good-class minor cricket he made many large scores, and he was an excellent field in any position.
BIRCH, SIR ERNEST CHARLES JAMES WOODFORD, K.C.M.G., a former Governor of Labuan and North Borneo, died at Bexhill on December 17, 1929, at the age of 72. He was born on April 29, 1857. He obtained his keen love of cricket whilst a boy at Elstree and Harrow, and he developed into quite a useful player. In 1885 he scored 131 against the Royal Artillery in Singapore. He was the author of Cricket in British Malaya in Imperial Cricket.
COMBER, GEORGE, useful both as batsman and wicket-keeper, was born at Redhill on October 12, 1856, and died there on October 18, 1929. His name will be found in a few Surrey matches between 1880 and 1885. For many years he was engaged by the Reigate Priory C.C., and for that club against Guildford, at Reigate, in June, 1882, played an innings of 154, he and W. W. Read (263) adding 368 together for the third wicket.
GRACE, DR. ALFRED HENRY, born at Chipping Sodbury on March 10, 1866, died at Iron Acton, near that town, on September 16, 1929, aged 63. He was son of Dr. Alfred Grace and, therefore, nephew of W. G., E. M., and G. F. Grace. His appearances for Gloucestershire were veryfew, although in good-class club cricket he was a free and successful bat, often going in without pads against all types of bowling and playing a dashing innings. He was also a good change bowler, similar in style to W. G., and an excellent field. For Thornbury, Chipping Sodbury and British Medicals he made many hundreds. He was educated at Epsom College, where he gained a place in the Eleven.
GURDON, THE RIGHT REV. FRANCIS, Canon-Residentiary of York Minster and formerly Suffragan Bishop of Hull, died suddenly at York on December 23, 1929, in his 69th year. He gained a place in the Haileybury Eleven in 1878 and captained the side the next two seasons.
UPCHER, CANON ABBOT ROLAND, died suddenly after a short illness at Kirby Cane, Norfolk, on October 25, 1929, aged 80. He was in the Rossall Eleven from 1865 to 1867 but was more famous as a sprinter, running in the Quarter-mile for Cambridge in the University Sports 1869-1871. He also won the race over the same distance in the Amateur Championships 1870, 1871 and 1873. He was the inventor of the fly which bears his name. At the time of his death he was Rector of Kirby Cane, where his father had been Rector 54 years and his grandfather 64.
WEEDING, MR. THOMAS WEEDING, better remembered by cricketers as T. W. Baggallay, was born in London on June 11, 1847, and died at Addlestone, in Surrey, on December 19, 1929, aged 82. As a batsman he hit freely and well, making the most of his height--6ft. 3½ins.--and he was an excellent wicket-keeper. A member of the Marlborough Eleven in 1863 and the two following years, he played each season against Rugby and Cheltenham. Owing to his profession he was unable to take part in much first-class cricket, but he appeared occasionally for Surrey between 1865 and 1874 and in the match with Cambridge University, at Cambridge, in the last mentioned year scored 82.