1944

Supplementary obituaries in 1942

BARTON, MR. WILLIAM EDWARD, died in September 1942 at Christchurch, aged 83. In the eighties he was the finest batsman in New Zealand A Englishman, he played at Wanganui, where he was in one of the local banks, and when transferred to Auckland he continued his good form. One outstanding innings was 44 for Wanganui versus W. L. Murdoch's team which toured New Zealand after the visit of the 1880 Australian side to England. The wickets were rough in New Zealand at that time--except at Christchurch--and runs were hard to get. The Australians scored 49 and 83; Wanganui 22, whose first total was 48, lost 11 wickets against Spofforth, Boyle and Palmer before gaining a victory. Barton played for Wellington against Shaw's English Eleven of 1881-82. In New Zealand representative cricket from 1880 onwards he score 852 runs at an average of 30.4. A good field, he was also a fine tennis player.

BEST, MR. WILLIAM FINLAY, died on August 3, 1942, aged 77. A good batsman and slow right-hand bowler, he played most of his cricket for the Preston club in Lancashire, scoring in the seasons 1890 to 1905 10,550 runs and taking 597 wickets. Educated at Folkestone, he was qualified for Kent, and at Taunton in 1891--his only match for the county that season--he did the hat trick against Somerset, whose first season that was in the County Championship. He also appeared for Kent a few times in 1890 and 1892.

BOHLEN, MR. FRANCIS HERMANN, who died on December 9, 1942, aged 74 after being in poor health for several years, was one of the best-known American cricketers. He came to England with Gentlemen of Philadelphia teams in 1897, 1903 and 1908, and at other times when in this country he played for M. C. C., London County and Free Foresters. Over six feet tall, he batted in admirable style, playing forward and driving with powerful ease. After playing against the touring team captained by Lord Hawke in 1891, he became a valuable member of Philadelphia sides. When Blackham's 1893 Australian team visited Philadelphia on the way home from England, Bohlen scored 118 in a total of 525; and 33 and 54 not out, in a total of 106, when in the return match the visitors avenged their previous defeat. Two years later he made 115, and with G. S. Patterson, 74, put up 200 for the first wicket against Frank Mitchell's University team. He seldom showed his best form for the Philadelphians in England, but averaged 27.69 for the 1903 tour. Patterson died in June 1943.

PAPILLON, MR. GODFREY KEPPEL, who died on August 14, 1942, aged 74, played for Northamptonshire. He and his brother, H. G., played in August 1894 for Viscount Cantelupe's XI at Bexhill against the first South African team that visited England.

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