1951

Obituaries in 1950

ALLEN, W. R., who kept wicket occasionally for Yorkshire between 1921 and 1925, died on October 14, aged 57. He lived at Normanton, near Leeds, and was best known in Yorkshire club cricket as a batsman wicket-keeper. Being a contemporary of Arthur Dolphin, his opportunities of playing with the County XI were limited.

ALLOO, ARTHUR W., died at Nelson, New Zealand, in September, aged 58. A dependable right-hand batsman and useful off-spin bowler, he played forty-three times for Otago between 1913 and 1931, scoring 1,806 runs and taking 124 wickets for the Province.

BARRETT, CAPT. EDWARD IVO MEDHURST, one of the finest as well as one of the hardest hitters to appear for The Army, died on July 11, following an accident, at the age of 71. Born at Winchester, Barrett showed his ability at Cheltenham, where he was in the eleven for three seasons, 1892-94. Even in those days he was a prolific scorer, for he made 205 against Liverpool at Cheltenham, and during his last year, when he was the College captain, he scored 69 and 224 in a House match for Bristowe. In the more important matches against Haileybury, Marlborough and Clifton, he met with only moderate success, and although he gained a place in the Sandhurst eleven in 1898 his form was disappointing.

Most cricket followers will remember Barrett by his grand performances for Hampshire, for whom he first played in 1896. Besides possessing a sound defence, he always timed his forcing strokes admirably and hit with tremendous power all round the wicket. Service abroad prevented him assisting the county regularly, and when he finally appeared in 1920 his aggregate in first-class cricket was 3,793, average 32.14. Barrett' s best season for Hampshire was 1912. Then he hit three of his six centuries--138 not out against Oxford University, 120 not out against Yorkshire and 119 against Derbyshire--all at Southampton. Against Oxford, Barrett and C. B. Fry (203 not out) put on 264 without being parted.

Another notable partnership was his 321 for the second wicket against Gloucestershire at Southampton in 1920 with G. Brown (120), when his score reached 215. In the same season, against Warwickshire at Portsmouth, Barrett (148) and Brown (151) added 280 together. While serving as Commissioner of Police in Shanghai he scored many runs in matches in the Far East, including games for Shanghai in Japan. Barrett was wounded while serving with the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers in the South African War, but he came back and played for England as a Rugby footballer in 1903.

BATEMAN-CHAMPAIN, THE RT. REV. JOHN NORMAN, died at Westbury-on-Trim, Bristol, on October 22, aged 70. He was in the Cheltenham eleven, 1896-98, and played in various trial matches at Cambridge, but failed to win a Blue. Played twice for Gloucestershire in 1899. In 1938 he was appointed to the Suffragan Bishopric of Knaresborough, which he held till 1948, after when he became Chaplain of the St. Monice Home of Rest, Bristol.

BERNARD, MR. ARTHUR COLIN, died suddenly at Swanage on January 11, aged 68. An opening bowler for Eton, 1899-1900, he went to Oxford and appeared in the Freshmen' s match, 1901, also a Trial match, 1902, but he failed to obtain his Blue.

BLAKER, MR. RICHARD NORMAN ROWSELL, M. C., died in Eltham Hospital on September 11, following an operation for peritonitis. Born on October 24, 1879, he captained Westminster School at cricket and Association football for four years, and, going to Cambridge, gained his cricket Blue in the three seasons, 1900 to 1902, being contemporary with such players at S. H. Day, F. B. Wilson, E. M. Dowson and E. R. Wilson. He also appeared as centre-forward in three Association football University matches against Oxford, being captain in 1901. For Kent, between 1898 and 1908, he gained a high reputation both as a hard-hitting batsman and a fine slip fielder. One of his best batting performances was against Gloucestershire at Catford in 1905, when he hit 120, including five 6's, out of 194 in seventy-five minutes. Against Surrey at Canterbury in 1900, he and S. H. Day put on 50 in eighteen minutes. He helped Kent to carry off the County Championship in 1906, and was President of the club when he died. He also captained the Butterflies. As a footballer, he was a frequent member of the Corinthian teams who achieved such great things in the early part of the century. In the first Great War, when a Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade, he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Cambrai. His twin daughters, Barbara and Joan, known as the Blaker Twins, were prominent members of the Kent women's cricket team and both played for England. During the last Canterbury Week his tent was the centre of pleasant entertainment, but he showed signs of ill-health and in little more than a month passed away.

BLAND, CYRIL H. G., the former Lincolnshire and Sussex fast bowler, was found dead in a canal at Cowbridge, near Boston, on July 1. He was 78. Bland, who took 543 wickets for Sussex between 1897 and 1907, was the only Sussex bowler to capture all ten wickets in an innings. He performed this feat against Kent at Tonbridge in 1899, when his analysis against a side including J. R. Mason, A. Hearne, C. J. Burnup and W. H. Patterson was 25.2 overs, 0 maidens, 48 runs, 10 wickets. Bland, in this memorable game, bowled at a great pace and made the ball kick a good deal. He was contemporary in the Sussex side with C. B. Fry and K. S. Ranjitsinhji.

BRAY, SIR EDWARD HUGH, C.S.I., who died at Rye, Sussex, on November 27, aged 76, played both cricket and Association football for Cambridge. After three years in the Charterhouse eleven he got his cricket Blue in 1896, and played in the match which Oxford won with the record victorious score of 330 for six wickets. In a strong batting side Bray was number nine. He made 49 and 41, but next season, when Cambridge won by 179 runs, he did little. From 1895 to 1899 he appeared occasionally in the Middlesex eleven, and toured America with P. F. Warner's team in 1898. After many years in business in Calcutta and Bengal, he became Controller of Contracts at Army headquarters with the temporary rank of Brigadier-General.

Brown, J. T., of Darfield, who should not be confused with the great batsman of the same name, initials and county, died on April 12. Born on November 24, 1874, he played for Yorkshire as a fast bowler from 1897 to 1903, when there was a dearth of such bowlers in the county. In that time he took 102 wickets, average 20.99. His career ended when he dislocated a shoulder playing against Somerset at Taunton in 1903--a disastrous match for Yorkshire, as John Tunnicliffe split a hand and George Hirst damaged thigh muscles.

Burton, G. H., a former professional of Colne C.C., died at Colne, Lancashire, in October, aged 86. He was a useful fast bowler in League cricket.

BUSWELL, WALTER A., who kept wicket for Northamptonshire and then stood as a first-class umpire for some years, died at Lutterworth, Leicestershire, on April 24, aged 75. In 205 games between 1906 and 1921 he helped to dismiss over four hundred batsmen, and he scored 2,670 runs, average 10.68.

CARR, MR. DOUGLAS WARD, who died in a nursing home at Sidmouth on March 23 at the age of 78, was one of the most remarkable cricketers at the start of the century. He was an unknown bowler when, at the age of 37, he entered first-class cricket. Originally an ordinary fast-medium bowler, Carr developed and practised the googly, then almost unknown, and his arrival with this unorthodox type of bowling created consternation among batsmen.

In his first match that season of 1909 he took seven Oxford wickets for Kent at a cost of 95 runs. So impressed were the selectors that he was invited to play for Gentlemen against Players at The Oval and Lord's. Realising that they had discovered a bowler out of the ordinary, the selectors then chose him as one of the England party to attend Manchester for the Fourth Test Match against Australia.

Because the ground was considered too soft for his bowling, Carr was not included in the final eleven, but he won a place in the last Test at The Oval. His start was dramatic, for, opening the England attack, he dismissed S. E. Gregory, M. A. Noble and W. W. Armstrong for a combined total of 18 runs. Unfortunately for England he tired and was kept on too long. His first innings figures were five for 146 in 34 overs, and he took two for 136 in 35 overs in the second innings. Even so he showed his immense possibilities, and at the end of that season he took eight for 105 in the match and helped Lord Londesborough's XI to victory over the Australians.

Born at Carnbrook in Kent on March 17, 1872, Carr went to Sutton Valence School and then to Brasenose College, Oxford. He took part in little cricket at the University because of a football injury to his knee. He did most of his early bowling in club cricket in Kent.

Carr showed that his remarkable entry into big cricket was no mere fluke, for in 1910 he headed the Kent bowling averages. He did not join the side until the end of July, but took sixty wickets in Championship matches at an average of 12.16 runs apiece. He fully maintained his form up to 1914, when war intervened and he dropped out of first-class cricket. He enjoyed a particularly successful time in 1912, when he again headed the Kent bowling with 49 wickets for 9.59 runs each. In his brief first-class career of six years Carr took 334 wickets with an average of 16.84.

CARROLL, MR. F. H., who was Hon. Secretary of Devon in 1936-37, died in June at Sidmouth. He was the son of the Rev. S. W. Featherstone and changed his name to Carroll. A splendid batsman and wicket-keeper, he played for Devon from 1906 to 1934, his highest score being 232 against Berkshire in 1912.

CHARLES, LIEUT.-COL. STEPHEN FLOCKTON, died at Norwich on June 24, aged 91. A wicket-keeper, he was in the Harrow XI 1875-76 and played for Gentlemen against Players at Scarborough 1897-98.

COLEBY, MR. ARTHUR TINDALL, who died at Bexhill-on-Sea on May 19, was in the Westminster XI 1902-3. Oxford Association Football Blue, 1906-7.

COMBER, MR. FRANK WANDESFORD, died suddenly at Westward Ho, Devon, on October 3, aged 70. Winchester XI, 1899; Oxford Association XI, 1901-2; Corinthian F.C.

CONSIDINE, MR. SIDNEY GEORGE ULICK, died at Bath on August 31, aged 49. In first-class cricket between 1919 and 1935 he scored almost 3,000 runs for Somerset with an average of 21.33. He did not appear frequently for the county, but in 1922, when a regular member of the side, he scored 973 runs in 40 innings and finished third in the averages. His only century was 130 not out against Worcestershire at Taunton in 1921. Educated at Blundells, Considine was an all-round sportsman and played Rugby for Bath, Somerset and England. He became a solicitor, and in the 1939-45 war was a Squadron Leader in the R.A.F.

COOK, THOMAS E. R., died at Brighton on January 15, aged 48. Educated at the Brighton Municipal School, he was one of the finest all-rounders Sussex has produced. He played his early cricket and football for his native Cuckfield, and, after service with the Royal Navy during the first World War, became a professional for Sussex in 1922. Thus began a long and notable career which did not end until 1937, when he accepted a coaching appointment in Cape Town. Cook was a stylish, free-scoring batsman, who played many glorious innings.

Wisden said of him in 1935: Cook was one of the few batsmen in England who showed a proper conception of the right way to play slow bowling. Not many players, when jumping to drive, so completely got to the pitch of the ball as he did. He made his highest score, 278, off the Hampshire bowlers at Hove, in 1930, and recorded two other scores of over 200, both against Worcestershire, 220 at Worcester in 1934 and 214 at Eastbourne in 1933. Altogether Cook scored 20,206 runs, including 31 hundreds, and held 153 catches, many of them in the outfield, where his speed and anticipation saved innumerable runs.

When the recent war started he joined the South African Air Force, and while serving with them was seriously injured in an accident at the air school in 1943. He spent nearly six months in hospital. Cook was also a fine footballer, and as a professional with Brighton and Hove Albion gained an international cap for England against Wales in 1925. After leading the Albion attack for six seasons he went to Bristol Rovers, but returned as team manager of Brighton in 1946-47.

COTTERILL, MAJOR GEORGE H., died at Llanduff, October 1, aged 82. A member of the Brighton College XI for five successive seasons, he was captain in his last three ( 1884-86). Played seven matches for Cambridge University in 1888-89, but did not obtain his Blue. Appeared in ten matches for Sussex between 1886-90. Cambridge Association XI, 1888-91 (captain 1890). Corinthian F.C. Represented England in five Association Internationals, 1891-93. Also an all round athlete, he won many events at Brighton and Cambridge. Excelled at Rugby football and rowed for Weybridge R.C.

COX, MR. ALEXANDER ROBB, died at Newmarket on November 21, aged 85. Harrow XI, 1883-84. Played in two matches for Cambridge as wicket-keeper in 1887. A well-known racehorse owner, three of his best horses were Picaroon, Redbrae and Casemate.

CRAIG, MR. JAMES DOUGLAS, C.M.G., C.B.E., died at Woodbridge on May 13, aged 68. Shrewsbury XI, 1899-1903 (captain). Oxford University Association XI, 1905. Corinthian F. C. Formerly Deputy Civil Secretary to the Sudan Government.

DAY, MR. SAMUEL HULME, died at Chobham, Surrey, on February 21, aged 71. Captain of the Malvern College XI in 1897 and 1898, he obtained his Blue at Cambridge as a Freshman and played in the four'Varsity matches of 1899 to 1902. In 1901 he led Cambridge, and in 1902 he made 117 not out against Oxford. A stylish batsman, who cut and drove to the off with special skill, Mr. Day played for Kent from 1897 to 1919 and scored 5,893 runs. While still at Malvern College he scored a century, 101 not out, against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham in his first county match, a unique feat. Sammy Day was also an excellent inside-forward at Association football. He played for Cambridge University in 1901, and in 1903 he helped Corinthians beat Bury, the Cup holders, by 10 goals to 3 and win the Sheriff of London Charity Shield. In 1906 he played in three Internationals for England.

DELME-RADCLIFFE, MR. ARTHUR HENRY, who died on June 30, was a native of South Tedworth, Hampshire. A member of the Sherborne XI before going to Oxford, he headed the school's batting averages in 1889. Subsequently he played for Hampshire and Berkshire. While batting for Hampshire against Somerset at Southampton in August 1889, he was concerned in a curious incident. Thinking he was out stumped, Delme-Radcliffe began to walk towards the pavilion, but the appeal had not been upheld. Then a fieldsman pulled up a stump and he was given out run out, but in the meantime the other umpire had called over, so the batsman continued his innings.

DENTON, DAVID, one of the liveliest of batsmen and a superb field, died suddenly at his home at Wakefield on February 17. He was 75. Denton made his first appearance for Yorkshire in 1894 and concluded his career as an active cricketer in 1920. He did little as a batsman when he first played with the county, but in the following year, coming off early in the summer against both Cambridge University and Lancashire, he made his place secure. For twenty-one seasons his record exceeded 1,000 runs, his aggregate reaching 2,000 in five summers, and in 1905 amounting to 2,405, with an average of 42. For twenty years this stood as the highest Yorkshire aggregate until surpassed by Herbert Sutcliffe.

Possessed of very flexible wrists, Denton made strokes all round the wicket with considerable hitting power, while he played forward so hard that he always made the ball travel. On fast wickets he seized every opening to score on the off side, cutting in particularly brilliant fashion, and when the ground was slow he employed the pull and the hook with fine effect. The force of his strokes was surprising as he was below medium height and lightly built. He batted in exceptionally good style and never lost any time in getting to work. Going out for runs immediately he arrived at the wicket, he naturally gave many chances and was sometimes referred to as the luckiest of cricketers. Certainly he often enjoyed a liberal share of good fortune, but if let off he would settle down to hitting as clean and well-timed as it was continuous.

Brilliantly as he batted, Denton attained to even higher excellence as a fieldsman, especially in the deep and at third man. Indeed, he held a place almost alone as an outfield, no one chasing the ball at a greater speed, picking it up more clean or returning it more quickly. A rare judge of a high catch in the long field, he established among his colleagues such a firm belief in his abilities that on one memorable day at Lord's when he committed two blunders the whole Yorkshire team were upset.

In the course of his career he scored 36,520 runs in first-class matches with an average of 33. He put together 69 three-figure innings--61 of these for Yorkshire--his highest being 221 against Kent at Tunbridge Wells in 1912, 209 not out against Worcestershire at Worcester in 1920, and 200 not out against Warwickshire at Birmingham in 1912. Three times he registered two separate hundreds in the same match--107 and 109 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1906, 131 and 121 against the M.C.C. at Scarborough in 1908, and 139 and 138 against the Transvaal at Johannesburg for the English team which went out to South Africa in 1909-10. These last two scores he immediately followed with 104 against South Africa, and so played three successive three-figure innings. This feat was accomplished on the occasion of his second visit to South Africa, where he went first in the winter of 1905-6. Denton never went to Australia. Presumably it was feared he might not enjoy at the hands of the Australians the luck which generally favoured him in this country and that the match-winning qualities he possessed in being able to score so rapidly would lose their value in games played without a time limit. On the other hand, his fielding must have been an asset to any side. On his one Test appearance against Australia at Leeds in 1905 he accomplished little, but he played in ten Tests in South Africa.

Denton figured in many Gentlemen and Players matches, and for the professionals at Scarborough in 1906 he scored 157 not out. Twice he took part in a stand of more than three hundred runs, putting on 312 in company with George Hirst against Hampshire at Southampton in 1914 and 305 with J. W. Rothery against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in 1910. As his benefit he was given the Yorkshire v. Lancashire match at Leeds in 1907, and the contest yielded a profit of nearly £2,000. Following upon his retirement from active participation in the game, Denton fell into bad health and for a time acted as scorer for Yorkshire, but, undergoing an operation performed by Sir Berkeley Moynihan, he recovered so completely that from 1925 onwards he found himself able to perform the duties of an umpire in first-class cricket.

Born at Thornes, near Wakefield, on July 4, 1874, Denton played for several years for Hodgson and Simpson, for whom in olden days quite a number of famous Yorkshire cricketers qualified to play in local competitions. Among these was Edmund Peate, the greatest left-handed slow bowler of his day. Denton left £10,533.

DOWNES, MR. ALEC, died at Dunedin, New Zealand, on February 10, aged over 80. One of the leading New Zealand bowlers of his time, Mr. Downes represented Otago from 1888 until 1914. A slow bowler who turned the ball considerably from the off, he took 322 wickets in first-class cricket for an average of 15.77, and for many years formed a formidable pair of bowlers with A. H. Fisher. He represented New Zealand six times and many notable feats stand to his credit. Among them were fourteen wickets in a match for Otago against St. Hawke's Bay at Dunedin in 1893-94, and in the same season he took four wickets with successive balls against Auckland at Dunedin. On more than one occasion Mr. Downes bowled throughout the two innings of a match. Mr. Downes was also a noted Rugby centre three-quarter and represented Otago thirteen times, also playing for South Island in 1888. In later years he refereed International Rugby games and also stood as umpire in several Test matches.

DUNELL, MR. HENRY CHRISTIAN, died at West Malling, Kent, on September 13, aged 63. Eton XI, 1905. Trinity College, Oxford, Freshmen's Match, 1906.

FAIR, MAJOR JOHN ST. FOYNE, M.C., died at Winchester on March 11, aged 81. An opening batsman and bowler, he was captain of the Harrow XI of 1887 which included A. C. MacLaren and F. S. Jackson. Going to Magdalen College, Oxford, he played in the Freshmen' s Match, 1888, and Seniors Match 1889-90. Represented South v. North at Hurlingham, Argentine, in February 1904.

FALCON, MR. JOSEPH HENRY, a brother of the better-known Michael Falcon, died suddenly at Lowestoft on February 11, aged 57. Harrow XI, 1911. Pembroke College, Cambridge. Played in various trial matches and in two matches for the University in 1911. Norfolk County XI, 1913.

FARRER, MR. CHRISTIE ROBERT, who died at Corfe Mullen, Dorset, on July 28, was for many years secretary of the Craven Gentlemen C.C. Played occasionally for Essex County XI. Founded the Wells School, Ilkley.

FENWICK, MR. WILLIAM, of Irwell Mount, Ramsbottom, died in October at the age of 87. A former Vice-President of Lancashire, he served on the county committee for over twenty years and was at one time chairman of the Ground Committee. In his younger days, for Ramsbottom Cricket Club--of which he subsequently became president--he was the first amateur to take more than 100 wickets in one season, and in 1900 he performed the hat-trick five times.

FISHWICK, MR. TOM SILVESTER, died at Sandown, Isle of Wight, on February 21, aged 73. A strong batsman with plenty of strokes, he was joint captain of Warwickshire in 1902 and 1907. Between 1900 and 1909 he scored twelve centuries for the county, and in 1904 and 1905 exceeded 1,000 runs. In 1905 he established a Warwickshire record by bringing off 40 catches and, except for wicket-keepers, this is still unequalled for the county.

FITZGERALD, MR. JAMES, a fast bowler and useful batsman of Queensland between 1902 and 1905, died at Brisbane in August. He played for his State against the M.C.C., captained by Sir Pelham Warner, in 1903-4, and was a contemporary of Henry, Queensland's first aboriginal bowler.

FORSTER, MR. SAMUEL EUSTACE, died at Woldhurst, Runcton, Chichester, on November 7, aged 83. Eton XI, 1885, and brother of first Lord Forster (H. W. F.), Oxford XI, 1887-89, Hampshire and M.C.C. President.

FOSTER, MR. HENRY ("HARRY") KNOLLYS, M.B.E., who died at his home near Hereford on June 23, in his 77th year, was the eldest of seven brothers who played for Worcestershire, but he was not the most famous member of the family. That distinction belonged to his brother, R. E. Foster, who at Sydney in 1903 put together for England against Australia the memorable score of 287 which stood as the record individual score in International matches until Sir Donald Bradman beat it at Leeds in 1930. Still, H. K. Foster was a very fine batsman who--at his best--would not have been out of place in a Test match, and, furthermore, he was a truly great racquets player.

Born on October 30, 1873, he received his education at Malvern College, and in his last year there, and his fourth season in the Eleven, 1892, headed the batting averages of an eleven which included W. L. Foster, W. W. Lowe and C. J. Burnup. Curiously, on going up to Oxford he was never given a trial for the eleven in 1893, but he did very well a year later when the only match the Dark Blues won was that against Cambridge.

His reputation as a first-rate batsman dated from 1895, when he gave a memorable display in the second innings against Cambridge. Set 331 to win, Oxford were all out for 196, but of this number Foster made 121 out of 159 in little more than two hours without a real blemish beyond a sharp chance when 45 to cover-point's left hand. The pace at which his cuts and off-drives went to the boundary was always recalled with admiration by those who witnessed the match. Foster was also a member of the Oxford Eleven that in 1896 made 330 runs and beat Cambridge by six wickets.

After his Oxford days, Harry Foster was for many years the mainstay of the Worcestershire Eleven, captaining the side when the county secured promotion to first-class rank in 1899, and--apart from the summer of 1901, when he played no important cricket--he led the team until the end of the season of 1910. Five times in the course of a brilliant career which extended in all over about twenty years he averaged more than 40 runs an innings--with one of 48 in 1908 his highest. Even in 1913, when he looked to have finished with first-class cricket, he came out once more for Worcestershire, made nearly 1,000 runs, and averaged 35. Six times he appeared for the Gentlemen against Players, and altogether in first-class matches he made 29 separate hundreds, all of which, except that against Cambridge, were played for Worcestershire. His highest scores were 216 against Somerset in 1903 and 215 against Warwickshire in 1904.

As a batsman he was quite a master of style, few men indeed playing in more attractive form, and while essentially an off-side run-getter he could pull with great effect. A brilliant field at short slip, he stood six feet high and in his Oxford days weighed less than ten stone and a half. In 1907, when South Africa sent over such a remarkable set of bowlers--Vogler, Schwarz, Faulkner and White--Harry Foster and C. H. B. Marsham assisted Lord Hawke in choosing the England Elevens. Five years later, on the occasion of the ill-starred Triangular Tournament, Foster, John Shuter and C. B. Fry were responsible for the selection of England's representatives, and in 1921, when in this country cricket had not recovered from the War, Foster, R. H. Spooner and John Daniell shared the thankless task of picking England's Elevens.

At racquets Foster carried off numerous honours. He and his brother, W. L. Foster, won the Public Schools Championship for Malvern in 1892. In the next four years he represented Oxford and proved victorious in both Singles and Doubles. Several times, efficiently partnered, he carried off the Doubles Championship, and from 1894 to 1900 and again in 1904 he won the Singles Championship.

FRANK, MR. ROBERT WILSON, a notable personality in Yorkshire cricket, died at Pickering on September 9, aged 86. From 1900 till 1914 he was captain of Yorkshire 2nd XI, and between 1889 and 1903 he appeared in 33 matches for the 1st XI. He made many large scores in minor matches, the highest being 309 for Middlesbrough against Scarborough. He was Senior Vice-President of Yorkshire C.C.C. and served on the Committee and Selection Committee. For sixty-four years he attended the Scarborough Festival until 1949.

FRYER, MR. PHILIP ALGERNON, died at Wellingborough on November 4, aged 80. For many years he was connected with Wellingborough School as boy, master, headmaster, 1907-33, and finally Chairman of the Governors. A prolific scorer in local cricket, his average at one time for 12 innings was 101. Played for Norfolk XI, 1890-1906, and in 1908 played for Northamptonshire. An injured knee prevented him from getting a certain Association Blue, but he played for Corinthians, Swifts, Casuals and other clubs.

GARNETT, MR. ERNEST, died suddenly at Reading on September 8, aged 75. Charterhouse XI, 1893-94 (captain 1894). Trinity College, Cambridge. Rackets v. Oxford: Singles, 1897-98; Doubles, 1896-98. For Berkshire County XI against Wiltshire in 1908 he scored 282.

GAULD, DR. GEORGE OGG, former captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and honorary secretary of the club from 1922 to 1935, died in Nottingham on June 16, aged 76. A useful batsman, he first played for the county in 1913, and in 1914 he made his highest score--90 out of 115 in sixty-five minutes against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.

GLANVILL, MR. BENJAMIN ANDREW, died at Bromley, Kent, on September 16, aged 79. Although never destined to become a cricketer of note, he worked hard for the game for most of his life. He gained more fame in Association football, being a member of Clapham Rovers, and was one of the leading amateurs who found it necessary to form a separate Association. He represented the Amateur Football Alliance on the Football Association council from 1923. He became a member of Surrey C.C.C. in 1889; Hon. Treasurer in 1939 and President from 1940 until 1946.

GOLDING, A. J., who played for Hertfordshire as a professional from 1898 till 1914, died at Bushey on November 3, aged 75. A fine forcing batsman, he hit with tremendous power, especially to the off. In 1905 at St. Albans he scored 223 for the county against M.C.C., and in 1904 at Watford he made 202 against Dorset. For several seasons after the first Great War he coached at Harrow. Golding was a genial character and popular wherever he went.

HARTINGTON, HARRY E., died at Pontefract, West Riding, in February, aged 67. He played for Yorkshire as a fast bowler in 1910 and 1911. He also assisted Featherstone until 1929, when he became chairman of that club.

HATFEILD, MAJOR HERBERT SEYMOUR, who died in London on April 18, aged 61, was a former President of Kent County Cricket Club and Chairman of the Managing Committee. Educated at Eton, he played in the Eleven in 1905, 1906 and 1907 (captain). In 1905 he opened the batting against Harrow, and in 1906, when batting number seven, he made 84 and 57 against Winchester. Late of the 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards, he served in the first World War. He was a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.

HAWKYARD, BENJAMIN, who died at his home in Bagilt at the age of 86 on February 4, was the first professional to assist Flintshire. An all-round sportsman, his heart was in cricket. He learned the game in Yorkshire, and when he was 23 he joined Kirkburton as a professional, and later appeared for Huddersfield Town C.C. in the same capacity. He also went to Stockton-on-Tees and Driffield, and finally to the Flint club, where he remained until 1912, and did not retire from sport until he was 58. A cheerful personality, he claimed to have played cricket in every town in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Durham, besides many places in North Wales. For twenty-three years he was licensee of an inn in the village of Bagilt.

HAYTER, MR. WALTER LOUIS, died at West Wratting, Cambridge, on February 11, aged 85. After playing for Highgate School XI, 1881-4, he appeared in the Cambridge Freshmen's match of 1885. Was Army and University coach at West Wratting.

HERCY, MR. JOHN EUSTACE, who for many years assisted with the Births and Deaths and Obituary sections in Wisden, died on January 30, aged 82, after a long illness.

HILL, COL. ARTHUR, died at Braunton on August 21 in his 99th Year. He played occasionally for West Kent C.C. and was a good enough cricketer to be asked to appear for the Gentlemen, but he declined for business reasons. Hill played in good club cricket until 1905. A notable Rugby footballer, he captained the Gipsies 1870-4 and Blackheath 1875-76. Also excelled at badminton and archery.

HILL, MR. ARTHUR JAMES LEDGER, a fine all-round cricketer who played for Marlborough College, Wiltshire, Cambridge University and Hampshire, died on September 6, aged 79. Born at Bassett, near Southampton, he was by profession a banker, and excelled at most games. Tall and stylish, Hill was a splendid batsman with a free, natural approach to the game. He was also a useful fast bowler before taking to lobs, and in addition he was a reliable field, notably at short slip. In first-class cricket Hill hit 20 hundreds, scoring altogether 9,995 runs, averaging 27.91, and he took 278 wickets, average 29.60. He went with Lord Hawke's team to India in 1892-93, America 1894, and South Africa 1895-96, and with M.C.C. to Argentine 1911-12. He played in three Tests in South Africa, scoring 124 at Cape Town.

Hill made his first appearance as a player at Lord's in 1887, a day after completing his sixteenth year, for he was in the Marlborough XI three seasons, during which time he also turned out for Wiltshire (1888). Going to Cambridge, he played four times against Oxford, 1890-93, and in May 1891 he performed the hat-trick for the University against Next Sixteen--a feat he also achieved the following year for Lord Hawke's team against Madras Presidency at Madras. Altogether his cricket career covered thirty years and finished with him appearing with his son in the Hampshire side.

His best score for the county was 199 against Surrey at The Oval in 1898. In 1904, at Worcester, for Hampshire Hill made 98 not out and 117, and in 1905 at Southampton, in the match between Hampshire and Somerset, he hit 124 and 118 not out. In the second innings he was engaged in a remarkable stand of 150 with Major E. G. Wynyard. Hill was lame and, owing to a damaged thumb, Wynyard could bat with only one hand. Yet Hill made his runs in two hours, hitting one 6, one 5 and twenty-two 4's. He scored 80 while his partner made 7; in fact major Wynyard spent over an hour getting his first two runs. Hill captained Hampshire teams at Rugby football and hockey, and he was also good at racquets and boxing.

HOLMES, GROUP CAPTAIN ALBERT JOHN, A.F.C. and Bar, died suddenly at his home at Burwash after a heart attack on May 21. Born at Thornton Heath, Surrey, on June 30, 1899, he was a member of the Test Match Selection Committee in 1939, became Chairman for the first four seasons following the War, and was appointed for 1950, but resigned through ill-health upon the advice of his doctor. Generally known among cricketers as Jack, he was educated at Repton, where he did well as a batsman. After service in the first World War, in the Royal Field Artillery and then with the Royal Flying Corps, he made his first appearance for Sussex in 1923, scoring over 1,000 runs, but in 1925 he rejoined the Royal Air force, and not until 1935, when he transferred to the Reserve, was he able to play again for the county. Then, when A. Melville resigned the position before returning to South Africa, Holmes took over the Sussex captaincy, which he held till the outbreak of the last war, when he returned to the R.A.F. His most successful season was that of 1937, when he scored 1,108 runs, average 25.76. In 1940, when a Wing Commander, he was awarded the Air Force Cross and received a Bar to the decoration in 1942. His genial personality made him very popular and contributed largely to his success as manager of the M.C.C. team which toured South Africa in 1938-39. He was a pioneer of mink farming in England.

JENNINGS, MR. C. B., who played six times for Australia in the 1912 Triangular Tournament in England, died in Adelaide in July, aged 66. He was South Australian correspondent of the British Department of Overseas Trade and until 1937 secretary of the Adelaide Chamber of Commerce. In 1938 he was appointed a delegate to the Australian Cricket Board of Control. A batsman of considerable ability, Jennings played for South Australia from 1902 to 1907 and for Queensland from 1910 to 1912. During the Triangular Tournament he opened the innings for Australia several times. Although he preferred fast pitches he showed adaptability, and in all matches in that season scored 1,060 runs, average 22.55, with a highest innings of 82.

KELAART, MR. THOMAS, who died in Colombo on May 25, aged 79, was a leading cricketer in Ceylon. A left-arm bowler, he once took nine wickets for 71 runs against Lord Hawke's team. He bowled W. G. Grace when playing against Lord Sheffield's XI in 1891.

LEWIN, MAJOR-GENERAL ERNEST ORD, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., died in St. Thomas's Hospital, London, on May 10, aged 71. Opening batsman Winchester XI, 1897. Cambridge Freshmen's match, 1898. Formerly Major-General in charge of Administration Southern Command. Legion of Honour, Croix de Guerre.

LILLEY, BEN, who kept wicket for Nottinghamshire between 1921 and 1937, died at his home at Nottingham on August 4, aged 55. He was licensee of the Forest Tavern, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, and had been in failing health for some years. A native of Kimberley, a village in Nottinghamshire, Lilley first played for the county against Essex at Leyton in 1921, but he could not find a regular place in the team until 1925. Then, as successor to Tom Oates, he set up a Nottinghamshire record by becoming the first wicket-keeper to score over 1,000 runs in a season. He achieved the feat again in 1928. Lilley was considered one of the best wicket-keepers in the country, but Test honours eluded him. For several years he kept to Larwood and Voce the England fast bowlers. He retired in 1937 following injury to a thumb. During his first-class career Lilley scored 10,479 runs, including seven centuries, made 645 catches and stumped 132 batsmen. In a Second Eleven match he scored 200 not out against a Staffordshire side including S. F. Barnes.

MACKESON, MR. GEORGE LAWRIE, died at Hythe, Kent, on January 28, aged 85. Well known in Kent cricket for more than fifty years, he was President of the county club in 1938. He played for Kent Second XI, Free Foresters and the Band of Brothers.

MEYRICK-JONES, REV. FREDERIC, died at Shaftesbury on October 25, aged 83. A hard-hitting batsman, he was in the Marlborough XI 1884-85, and three years later, when a Senior, he was given his Cambridge Blue on the day of the match against Oxford. Although he did not go in until last but one, he made 16 and 36 and took part in two useful stands. In turn he assisted Hampshire, Kent and Norfolk. An antiquarian of some note, he was also head of the Rugby School Mission from 1898 till his retirement in 1905.

MILLS, PERCY T., the medium-paced bowler who was one of the mainstays of the Gloucestershire team from 1902 to 1929, died at his home at Abingdon, Berkshire, on December 8 at the age of 67. A slight figure, he was precise and neat. His best performance occurred at Bristol in 1928 when, against Somerset, he took five wickets without conceding a run. This was only the fourth time that the feat had been achieved and no one has done it since that day. After his retirement when 45, he went to Radley College as coach, but he returned to first-class cricket in 1947 as an umpire. Last summer Mills helped in the coaching at the County Ground, Bristol, where he paid particular attention to the juniors. During his career he took 823 wickets for Gloucestershire at an average cost of 25.20.

MOSS, JOHN, who died at Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, in July, aged 84, was for many years one of the best-known first-class umpires in England, and he officiated at four of the five Test Matches between England and Australia during the summer of 1921. A useful batsman, he served for a long period on the M.C.C. ground staff and played in one match for Nottinghamshire during 1892. In 1904-5 he went as umpire to the West Indies with Viscount Brackley's team and played there in two matches.

PILKINGTON, MR. CHARLES CARLISLE, the second of three brothers who played for Eton, died at The Manor, South Warnborough, on January 8, aged 73. During four years in the Eton XI he scored 427 runs, average 32.84, in the matches with Harrow and Winchester, and when captain in 1895 he took five wickets for 30 runs in Harrow's second innings. Getting his Oxford Blue as a Freshman, he helped to beat Cambridge by four wickets in his only inter-University match, which made cricket history by influencing the change in the follow-on rule to optional. Cambridge, led by Frank Mitchell, copying the example set three years before when F. S. Jackson was captain, gave away twelve extras, three balls being bowled deliberately to the boundary, in order to prevent the follow-on. Cambridge began badly in their second innings after a tremendous uproar all round the ground and a critical demonstration by M.C.C. members in the pavilion. Oxford were set to score 330 in the last innings, and they won by accomplishing the heaviest task ever performed at that time in the University match. P. F. Warner, G. J. Mordaunt and H. K. Foster were out for 60 runs before Pilkington helped G. O. Smith to add 84; H. D. G. Leveson Gower, the Oxford captain, did still better by staying while 97 were put on, and the runs were obtained for the loss of six men, G. O. Smith, 132, leaving when only two were required for victory. Pilkington averaged over 36 for Oxford that season. He gave up first-class cricket when on the Stock Exchange, but in 1901 for Silwood Park he took all ten R.M.C. wickets for 25 runs at Sandhurst. I saw that 1896 game at Lord's and remember vividly all that happened.--H. P.

ROBERTSON, MR. WILLIAM PARISH, died on May 7 at Debden, near Saffron Walden, aged 70. In the Harrow XI from 1896 to 1898, he went to Cambridge and gained a Blue in 1901. A fast-scoring, attractive batsman, he subsequently played for Middlesex upto 1914. In 1914 he scored 580 runs, average 38.66, in Championship matches, including 130 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. He toured America in 1899 under K. S. Ranjitsinhji.

RUDD, MR. CHARLES JOHN LOCKHART, died in hospital at Kingston-on-Thames on April 1, aged 77. He played for Harrow in 1890 and 1892, and his fast bowling--seven wickets for 72--helped considerably in 1892 to the beating of Eton by 64 runs. Rudd went to Trinity College, Cambridge, played in Freshmen's match 1893, Seniors match 1894-95, but failed to get a Blue.

SANTALL, FREDRICK REGINALD, died at his home in Cheltenham on November 3 at the age of 47. He made his debut for Warwickshire against Yorkshire in May 1920, and became a professional in 1923. From that time until county cricket was suspended on the outbreak of war in 1939 Santall remained a regular member of the side. He made more than 16,000 runs, including a highest score of 201 not out against Northamptonshire at Peterborough in 1933. On that occasion he reached 100 in 80 minutes, 150 in 110 minutes, and 201 in 165 minutes. Santall could always be relied upon to keep a game alive with his powerful driving and he was a useful medium-paced right-arm change bowler. As a fieldsman he excelled, and his total of catches--265--were bettered for Warwickshire only by Croom and W. G. Quaife. Santall received a benefit in 1935. After leaving Warwickshire he coached at Wrekin College and Oratory School, Reading, before accepting a similar post at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

SARAVANAMUTTU, P., died at Colombo on May 28, aged 58. Played for the Tesnil Union club. President of Ceylon Cricket Association for thirteen years and Chairman Board of Control. Former tea and rubber commissioner for Ceylon.

SAREL, MAJOR W. G. M., whose death occurred in April at the age of 74, was a good, stylish batsman who played for Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Northumberland and Trinidad, but his appearances in inter-county cricket were limited and mostly made for Surrey, for whom he scored 1,143 runs at an average of 22.41. From 1919 to 1922 he was the Sussex secretary, and in 1919 he hit 103 at Hove against Oxford University. Afterwards Major Sarel became well known as a golf club secretary, first at Beaconsfield and then at the Berkshire club.

SAUNDERS, MR. S. R., who died in Toronto on January 6, was a good batsman and a keen cricketer who did much to help the game in Canada. He represented Canada in matches against the United States and also visited England with Canadian teams.

SCOTT-CHAD, LT.-COL. GEORGE NORMAN, opening batsman for Eton in 1917, died in St. Mary's Hospital, London, on July 4, aged 51. He played also for Norfolk and toured West Indies with one of Lord Tennyson's teams, but he was best known in the sporting world for his great record in racquets and squash racquets. He won the Army championship five times in succession and retired unbeaten.

SQUIRES, HARRY STANLEY, the Surrey cricketer, died on January 24 in Richmond Royal Hospital as the result of the illness brought about through a virus in the blood. He was in his 41st year. On leaving school when 16, Squires began a business life in a City stockbroker's office, but, contrary to his father's wishes, he always wanted to take up cricket as a profession. He spent his leisure time receiving lessons from Aubrey Faulkner, the South African Test player, and he joined Faulkner's coaching staff when a member of Richmond Cricket Club.

Leading county cricketers noticed his ability, and in 1928 and 1929 he appeared for Surrey as an amateur. His debut in first-class cricket was against Middlesex at Lord's. In 1930 he realised his ambition when Surrey gave him a contract as a professional, and no more popular player wore the Surrey colours.

A perfect stylist, Squires was a model batsman for boys to copy. He possessed a rich abundance of strokes, and best of all was his drive through the covers. He never appeared to impart any force into his batting; correct timing and supple wrists sent the ball speeding to the boundary. He was a grand fielder, notably in the deep and at cover. As a slow bowler he specialised in off-breaks, although in later years to suit his county's needs he turned to the leg variety.

Throughout his cricket career Squires wore glasses. During the war he served with the R.A.F., reaching the rank of Flying Officer. After spending two years in the Hebrides he returned to this country wearing contact lenses, which he used for boxing, squash, Rugby and Association football as well as cricket.

Between 1928 and 1949 Squires scored over 19,000 runs in first-class cricket and hit 37 centuries. His highest innings was 236 for Surrey against Lancashire at The Oval in 1933. He took his benefit in the Middlesex match at The Oval in 1948. He was at the top of his form in the summer preceding his death, when he made 1,785 runs with an average of 37.18.

During the winter Squires kept himself fit playing golf, and only a week or two before his fatal illness began he won the 27 hole foursome handicap in the Croydon and District Alliance competition at Shirley Park for his club, Fulwell. He was partnered by W. J. Cox, the former British Ryder Cup golfer. Born at Kingston-on-Thames on February 22, 1909, Squires was a licensee at Hampton Hill. He left a widow and three children.

Paying a tribute to Squires, Mr. H. D. G. Leveson Gower, former president and chairman of Surrey, whose connection with the club covers over fifty years, said: Squires was an extremely good player, probably better than most people imagined. Often he scored runs when others failed. He was a great example to other professional cricketers. It is because of players like Squires that the profession to which they belong incites so much admiration.

STAPLES, SAMUEL JAMES, died on June 4 after being in poor health for some months. When Staples, who was born at Newstead Colliery on September 18, 1893, ended his cricketing career with Nottinghamshire after a connection with the county club extending over eighteen years, he had taken 1,400 wickets. Medium-paced, with a rather shuffling, jumpy run, he bowled cutters an excellent length for long spells, with ability to make the ball break either way. On hard pitches he kept down runs, and was specially effective on turf which helped him, making the ball turn sharply from the off when bowling round the wicket. In 1932 at Southampton he enjoyed the distinction of dismissing, at a cost of 21 runs, all ten Hampshire batsmen in an innings. He was a splendid fieldsman, and as a batsman low in the order did good work, his highest innings being 110 against Surrey at The Oval in 1923. He toured South Africa in 1927-28 with the M.C.C. team led by Captain R. T. Stanyforth, appearing in three Test matches, and went to Australia with A. P. F. Chapman's side the following winter, but was compelled by rheumatism to return home without taking part in a single game. In 1939 he became coach to Hampshire, and he served for one season, 1949, on the list of first-class umpires, but owing to ill-health he resigned both these positions.

STEPHENS, MR. BERKELEY JOHN BYNG, died at Cirencester on May 5, aged 78. Winchester XI, 1887, 1889-90. Manager Bombay and Burma Trading Corporation, Rangoon, 1905-15.

THOROGOOD, MR. FRANK, for many years cricket correspondent of the News-Chronicle, died at Carshalton, Surrey, on December 21, aged 78. Of slight physique he will be remembered for his unfailing courtesy and a charming personality which also characterised his writing.

TOLLEMACHE, HON. MORTIMER GRANVILLE, died at Sudbury on March 27, aged 77. A useful batsman, he was in the Eton XI 1887-89. Trinity College, Cambridge. Freshman's match, 1891. Played in several matches for the University during 1891-93, but could not gain a Blue. Also played for Cheshire and Suffolk. Served in first Great War as Captain, Suffolk Regiment.

TRAVERS, MR. FRANCIS GUY, died in August. For many years captain of the European XI in the Quadrangular matches in Bombay and against the M.C.C. team of 1933.

WARD, MR. ARNOLD SANDWITH, only son of Mrs. Humphrey Ward, the novelist, died in London on January 1, aged 73. Eton XI, 1895. Balliol College XI (captain); Seniors match, 1897. M.P. for West Herts (Unionist), 1910-18. Newcastle Scholar in 1895, and at Oxford won the Chancellor's Latin Verse Prize, 1897. Craven Scholarship in 1898.

WAZIR ALI, MAJOR SYED, the former Indian Test Match cricketer, died in Karachi on June 17, aged 46, after an operation for appendicitis. Elder brother of S. Nazir Ali, another Test player, Wazir Ali appeared in seven Test matches--all against England. He toured England in 1932 and 1936 and played against England in India in 1933. A fine batsman with a keen eye and a wide range of powerful strokes, Wazir Ali hit six hundreds during the 1932 tour and scored 1,725 in all matches. On his second visit to England he was handicapped by a finger injury. He missed a month's cricket, but although unable to do himself justice he hit the highest score for the Indians during the tour--155 not out against an England XI at Folkestone. He led the Indian team which won matches against visiting Australian sides in India in 1935 and 1936.

WEST, MR. WILLIAM, who died at Old Woking on March 20, aged 92, was one of the oldest members of the Surrey County Club. He was father of the Woking Urban District Council.

WOODS, MR. ARTHUR PHILLIPS (BOBBY), who died at Balgowan, Natal, on October 15, aged 46, played regularly for Natal from 1925 to 1934. A fast-medium bowler and useful batsman low in the order, he took 85 wickets for Natal, average 21.03, and scored 617 runs, average 19.90. His highest score was 93 against Western Province at Cape Town in 1929-30.

OBITUARY 1949


DANIEL, REV. JOSEPH HERBERT, died at Midhurst, Sussex, on December 30, 1949, aged 89. St. Peter's, York, and Queen's College, Oxford. Played for Herefordshire between 1886-90, also for Yorkshire Gentlemen. A keen golfer, he was one of the founders of the Filey club and continued to play until two weeks of his death. Late headmaster of Southcliffe, Filey and Meadowscroft, Windermere.

HOLGATE, MR. GIDEON, secretary of the Lancashire Cricket League for fifteen years, died on November 16, 1949, at his home in Clitheroe, aged 58.

MARSHALL, MR. JOHN FREDERICK, C.B.E., died on December 5, 1949, aged 75. Rugby XI, 1892-93 (captain 1893), also Head of the School and winner of the Public Schools Racquet. Excelled at tennis, representing Cambridge against Oxford, (singles), 1897, and winning the M.C.C. Gold Prize 1911. His tennis court at Hayling Island is one of the best in England. Founded in 1920 the British Mosquito Control Institute.

MCCANLIS, MR. LAURENCE, one of the founder-members of the Ducks C.C., died on December 21, 1949, two days after his 38th birthday anniversary. He was a brother of the first-class umpire, K. McCanlis, and a cousin of the Oxford University, Surrey and Gloucestershire cricketer, M. A. McCanlis.

SEVERN, ARTHUR, an opening batsman for Derbyshire in 1919 and 1920, died on January 10, 1949, aged 55. He joined the nursery staff at Derby in 1914, and after war service with the Coldstream Guards played regularly in 1919. In this season he enjoyed one very successful match, against Leicestershire at Leicester, where he scored 73 and 52 not out. In 1920, however, he severed his connection with Derbyshire after playing only six innings and went to live at Stainforth, near Doncaster.

TOMLINSON, MR. ROBERT GEORGE, who died at Malvern in February 1949, aged 79, was a good batsman and slow bowler who played for Derbyshire in 1891-92-93, when they were not first-class. Educated at Repton, he was in the Eleven in 1888, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he was also in the Eleven. He entered the family brewing firm of Thomas Salt and Company, and became a member of the Derbyshire Friars C.C. His son, W. J. V. Tomlinson, was captain of Felsted School XI and in 1923 gained his Blue at Cambridge. He played for Derbyshire from 1920 till 1924.

TRASENTER, MAJOR WILLIAM AUGUSTUS, M.C., died suddenly at Meonstoke on December 28, 1949, aged 58. An all-rounder, he was in the Winchester XI 1908. Trinity College, Cambridge. Freshmen's match, 1910; Seniors match, 1911-12. Late Royal Fusiliers.

WARSOP, MR. WALTER, died at his home in Little Baddow, Essex, in December, 1949, aged 77. Known all over the cricket world as a maker of bats, Warsop learned his craft in his father's bat-making business in St. John's Wood, close to Lord's. A keen cricketer himself, Warsop played for the Little Baddow club until he was over 70. He had to have a runner in his last season but finished with an average of 16.

SUPPLEMENTARY OBITUARY

OLIVER, MR. LEONARD, born at Glossop on October 18, 1886, died suddenly there on January 21, 1948. A forcing left-hand batsman, he played for Derbyshire from 1908 to 1924, and on a number of occasions in 1919 and 1920 he captained the team. In 1919 he led the side when Derbyshire were the only county to beat the Australian Imperial Forces XI. Playing as he did when Derbyshire were weak in batting, he often had to curb his free style or he would probably have made more runs. Altogether he scored 6,303 runs for the county, average 20.39. The highest of his six centuries was 170, including two 6's and eighteen 4's, against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1920. His best season was 1913, when in 36 innings he obtained 957 runs, average 28.14. He was a vice-president of the county club at the time of his death. Educated in Manchester, he played for the Manchester Club while at school, and as late as 1931 he headed the Lancashire and Cheshire League batting averages.


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