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AKERS-DOUGLAS, CAPTAIN IAN STANLEY, who died as the result of a shotgun accident at his home at Frant, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on December 16, aged 43, was in the Eton XI's of 1927 and 1928 and played for Kent between 1932 and 1937. An attractive batsman, specially skilful in off-driving and cutting, he headed the Eton batting in 1928 with 677 runs, average 52.07, hitting 42 and 158--the fourth highest innings in the series--against Harrow at Lord's. Going to Christ Church, Oxford, he put together 128 in the Freshmen's match of 1929 and 117 in the Seniors' match of the following year; but the nearest he came to receiving a Blue was when he acted as twelfth man for his University against Cambridge in 1930. For Kent, his most successful season was his first. Then, scoring 557 runs, average 37.13, he made 123 and 22 against Hampshire at Portsmouth. His other first-class century came in 1934 when he hit 100 in sixty-five minutes from the Somerset bowling at Taunton. In 1936 he was vice-captain of Kent under A. P. F. Chapman.
Born on November 16, 1909, Akers-Douglas was a fine rackets player. He won the Public Schools competition for Eton in 1927 with K. A. Wagg and in 1928 with I. A. de H. Lyle, and others of his achievements were: Open Championship of British Isles, 1933; Amateur Championship, 1932-33-34 (he was runner-up in 1930-31-35-38-46); Amateur Doubles Championship (with K. A. Wagg), 1932-33-35.
ALLEN, MR. R. C., who died in Australia on May 2, aged 93, played in one Test match for Australia, scoring 14 and 30 at Sydney in February 1887, when Shaw and Shrewsbury's team won by 71 runs. He also appeared against the touring side in two matches for New South Wales and one for the Melbourne Club's Australian team. He might once have toured England, but declined the invitation. He was an uncle of G. O. Allen, the England captain.
BALE, ERNEST, who died at Carshalton, Surrey, on July 7, aged 65, might well have won high honours as a wicket-keeper had he not been contemporary with Herbert Strudwick, of Surrey and England fame. Born on September 18, 1878--like Strudwick at Mitcham-- Bale appeared for Surrey against Oxford University in 1904, but, realising the limited possibilities with the county of his birth, commenced soon afterwards to qualify for Worcestershire. He made his debut for the Midland county in 1908, and by 1910, in which season he kept wicket for The Rest against Kent, the Champion County, definitely displaced G. Gaukrodger in the Worcestershire side. Referring to his form at that time, Wisden described him as second to no one in England except Strudwick. His career with Worcestershire continued till 1920, when, having caught 247 batsmen and stumped 82, he retired from first-class cricket.
BARDSLEY, MR. ROBERT VICKERS, C.M.G., O.B.E., who died suddenly at Pulborough, Sussex, on July 26, aged 62, played three times for Oxford against Cambridge from 1911 to 1913. Born in 1890, he was in the Shrewsbury XI from 1905 to 1909, being captain in the last three seasons. He headed the School batting and bowling averages in 1907 and again in 1908, when he took 53 wickets, average 17.80. In his first appearance in the University match he hit 71 in ninety minutes, and in the third, despite a damaged finger which nearly cost him his place in the side, he scored 72 in the second Oxford innings, the highest and most brilliant innings of the game. This ended unluckily, for when jumping out to drive he was stumped, the ball, according to Wisden of the time, rebounding from the wicket-keeper's pad or foot. Bardsley also represented his University against Cambridge at billiards in 1911-12 and at golf in 1913. From 1910 he made occasional appearances for Lancashire with little success. He served in the Sudan Political Service, and was Governor of the Blue Nile Province from 1928 until he retired in 1932.
BLIGH, MR. ALGERNON STUART, who died on December 27, aged 64, played for Somerset in 1925 and in one match in 1926 in the days when the county side was predominantly amateur. In 1925 he scored 433 runs in County Championship fixtures, average 19.68, his highest innings being 73 not out against Glamorgan at Cardiff.
BOLTON, HARRY, who died at Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, his native town, in September, was a noted figure in Scottish cricket from 1892 till 1935. He played as a professional for Clackmannan County and Aberdeenshire before joining Helensburgh, with whom he was associated for twenty-four years. In that time he took over 1,600 wickets and hit more than 4,800 runs. Twice in his career he took all ten wickets in an innings.
BROWN, MR. WILLIAM STANLEY ALSTON, who died at his home at Bristol on September 12, aged 75, was an all-round sportsman who played cricket with Dr. W. G. Grace, from whom he received instruction when a boy. A member of the Leys School XI for three seasons, he was captain in the last, 1896, when, with 1,032 runs in twelve completed innings and 57 wickets for less than 11 runs each, he headed both batting and bowling averages. As he also scored 306 in House matches and was only twice dismissed, his average for the season was 95.57. Born on May 23, 1877, he was a free and attractive right-handed batsman and a useful left-arm medium-pace bowler. He appeared for Gloucestershire and M.C.C. from 1896 to 1919, though his duties as a solicitor prevented him from playing regularly. In 1905 he figured in the Gentlemen's XI against Players at The Oval. During his first-class career he scored 4,820 runs, average 17.09, and took 169 wickets, average 33.43. His highest innings for the county was 155 against Sussex at Bristol in 1903, when he and F. G. Roberts, whose share amounted to 11, put on 104 for the last wicket. In 1898 he achieved the distinction of hitting 106 when going in No. 10 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, he and H. Wrathall adding 156 in ninety minutes for the ninth wicket. He also represented Gloucestershire at Association football, hockey, lacrosse, golf and bowls, and played Rugby football for Bristol and Clifton. During the first Great War he served as a lieutenant in the North Staffordshire Regiment.
BYRON, MR. CHARLES ROBERT HAMILTON, who died at Kingwilliamstown, Cape Province, on March 6, aged 41, first came into prominence in 1927-28, when he hit 101 for Combined South African Schools against the M.C.C. Touring Team captained by Capt. R. T. Stanyforth. He later played for Border, scoring 504 runs, average 20.16, in the Currie Cup Competition between 1933 and 1937. His highest score and only century was 135 against Transvaal at Johannesburg in 1935-36.
CADMAN, SAMUEL, who died at his home at Glossop, Derbyshire, on May 6, aged 72, was for many years a prominent all-rounder for Derbyshire. Born on January 29, 1880, he joined the county staff in 1900 and, having gained a regular place in the eleven four years later, held it till 1925. After one match in 1926 he was placed in charge of the Nursery at Derby with excellent results. During his long term of service, Derbyshire were generally a struggling club, both from the playing and financial viewpoints, and upon Cadman and two or three other players of all-round ability a great deal depended.
A steady, reliable batsman, he altogether scored 14,021 runs in first-class cricket and, with his medium-pace bowling, took 802 wickets. His best season as a batsman was in 1911, when he headed the Derbyshire averages with 1,036 runs, average 29.60, and appeared for Players v. Gentlemen at Scarborough; as a bowler, in 1910, when he took 67 wickets, average 23.67, and as an all-rounder, in 1908, when he stood second in batting with 942 runs, average 26.91, and headed the bowling figures with 55 wickets at a cost of 19.29 runs apiece. Among his performances in his early days was that at Derby in 1905 when Derbyshire gave a fright to J. Darling's Australian Team. Cadman took five wickets for 94 in the first innings and scored 66 in the county's second, but after having 200 on the board for the loss of four wickets Derbyshire collapsed against A. Cotter and were all out for 231. The previous year Cadman took part in the match at Chesterfield where P. Perrin, though hitting 343 not out in the Essex first innings, was on the losing side! In 1913, at Derby, Cadman dismissed seven Essex batsmen for 39, the last five for 19, and followed with innings of 66 and 76. He was also a member of the Derbyshire team who in 1919 created the surprise of the season by beating H. L. Collin's Australian Imperial Forces side.
For some years after he gave up first-class cricket, Cadman assisted Glossop in the Lancashire and Cheshire League, and at the age of 70 he scored 17 not out in the second eleven match.
CARSON, MR. HARRY ARTHUR HAMILTON, who died at Downhill Farm Hailey, Witney, on April 16, was for some years cricket correspondent for the London Evening News. In this capacity he toured Australia with G. O. Allen's M.C.C. Team in 1936-37. The day after his return he had a stroke and remained an invalid till his death. He was one of the founders of the Stoics C.C., for whom he played.
CARTER, MR. CLAUDE PAGET, who died in South Africa on November 8, aged 71, was one of the most dangerous left-arm slow bowlers on matting in the history of South African cricket. Born on April 23, 1881, he first played for Natal when 16. In all he took 155 wickets, average 16.50, a total exceeded by only four bowlers, E. P. Nupen, J. Waddington, J. H. Sinclair and J. P. McNally. He performed his best feat in 1921 when, bowling unchanged for Natal with J. L. Cox, he returned the remarkable analysis of 11--5--11--6 and so played the leading part in the dismissal of Border for 23, a total which remains the lowest recorded in the Currie Cup. Carter represented South Africa on ten occasions, seven against England and three against Australia. He took part in the 1912 Triangular Tournament and visited England again as a member of H. W. Taylor's team, finishing top of the averages with 65 wickets, average 19.86. Following that tour he returned to England and acted as a professional in Cornwall, returning to South Africa just before the outbreak of the second World War. In Test matches he took 28 wickets at a cost of 24.78.
COULTHURST, MR. EDWARD JAMES, who died suddenly at Scunthorpe on October 7, aged 58, was for many years captain of Normanby Park C.C. and appeared for Lincolnshire between the two Great Wars. He was well known as a North Lincolnshire farmer.
CRAKE, LIEUT.-COLONEL RALPH HAMILTON, D.S.O., D.L., who died in Edinburgh on January 26, aged 69, did much to enable Harrow to beat Eton at Lord's by one wicket in 1900, the one year in which he gained a place in the XI. Set to get 125, Harrow scored 36 before losing a wicket. Then four men left at the one total, E. G. Whateley, with right-arm slows, performing the hat-trick. When A. Buxton, the last man, joined Crake seven runs were still needed; but amid great excitement Crake finished the match by hitting Whateley to the square-leg boundary. Batting No. 10, Crake made 47--his highest score of the season--in the first innings. Born on April 13, 1882, he served in the Boer War, becoming a Captain in 1908. During the first Great War he fought in Mesopotamia from 1915 to 1918.
CROUCH, MR. GEORGE STANTON, who died at Brisbane on August 21, aged 74, was a London-born cricketer who represented Queensland in five Inter-State matches between 1904 and 1906. He served for a time on the executive of the Queensland Cricket Association. A useful right-hand batsman, he made his highest score in first-class cricket, 68, against New South Wales in 1905. In 1912 he was manager of the Australian team which took part in the Triangular Tournament in England. He also played lawn tennis for his State. For many years prominent in Australian Red Cross circles, he was chairman of the Queensland Division.
DEAN, DR. W. E., M.D., who died on September 9, aged 78, was for many years prominent in Canadian cricket circles. He played as a left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper for the Parkdale and Toronto clubs, captained Ontario and assisted Canada against the United States. He was a Past President of the Canadian Cricket Association.
DICKINSON, MR. ARSCOTT WILLIAM HARVEY, who died at his home at Bude, Cornwall, on January 21, in his 93rd year, captained the Lincoln College, Oxford, XI in 1882, but was not tried for the University. Though never participating in first-class cricket, he was for many years a prominent figure in West Country cricket, playing for both Devon and Cornwall in the same season before the Minor Counties competition was officially organised. A hard-hitting batsman with a powerful straight drive, he liked to recall that he had in his prime been referred to by the local press as The Plymouth Bonnor. A dangerous medium-paced bowler with pronounced finger spin, he in later years bowled slow off-breaks, which to an advanced age earned him many wickets in local cricket. Blessed with exceptionally large hands, he seldom missed a catch which came within his reach. He kept up the game till nearly 80, and claimed that he had played cricket for seventy consecutive seasons without a break.
FORSDIKE, MR. ALFRED WILLIAM, O.B.E., who died in his sleep at his home at Oxshott, Surrey, on November 4, aged 61, was in the Haileybury XI of 1909. Born on July 2, 1891, he was secretary of the Old Haileyburian Cricket Week from 1927 to 1952. A member of M.C.C., Incogniti, Grasshoppers and Cryptics, he also played for Burnley in League cricket and for Hampton Wick, whom he captained for seven years. After being prosecuting solicitor to the Sheffield Corporation, he was Deputy Town Clerk of Burnley before becoming Town Clerk of Kingston-upon-Thames, a position he held for twenty-five years till his death. He was the founder and organiser of the Kingston Cricket Festival from its inception in 1946.
FOX, MR. FRANCIS HUGH, who died at Wellington, Somerset, on May 28, aged 89, was in the Marlborough XI of 1882, but gained more renown as a Rugby footballer. Born on March 8, 1863, he was a member of the Marlborough XV from 1880 to 1882, being captain for the last two seasons. Afterwards he played for his county and in 1890 represented England as a half-back and as captain against Scotland and Wales.
FOX, CAPT. RONALD HENRY, M.C., who died at Bloxham on August 27, aged 72, was in the Haileybury XI of 1898. As a wicket-keeper he was a member of the M.C.C. Team who, under Capt. E. G. Wynyard, toured New Zealand in 1906-07.
GOSLING, MAJOR WILLIAM SULLIVAN, who died at Stansted, Essex, on October 2, aged 83, was in the Eton XI of 1888. His brothers, R. C., G. B. and L. D. Gosling, all played for Eton. Major Gosling served in the South African War in 1899-1900. He became High Sheriff of Essex in 1927.
GREY, MR. FRANK WILLOUGHBY, who died at Durban on October 16, aged 72, was one of South Africa's most capable umpires. He officiated in ten Test matches played by South Africa against England and Australia, including all five of the 1913-14 series. From 1921 to 1923 he was a member of the South African Test Team Selection Committee.
HANNAM, MR. REGINALD PARSONS, who died at Port Elizabeth on July 21, aged 73, was a member of the South African Cricket Board of Control for a number of years and was President of the South African Cricket Association in 1945-46. Between 1906 and 1913 he occasionally opened the innings for Eastern Province in the Currie Cup Competition without achieving great success.
HASLEHURST, MR. GEORGE WILLIAM FRANCIS, who died at Horsham on December 15, aged 51, was in the Marlborough XI of 1920, scoring 267 runs, average 20.54. He represented the school at hockey in the same year. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he scored many runs without getting a Blue, but he played at left-half in the University hockey team which defeated Oxford by 4--1 in 1923. After holding a post in the Chinese Customs, he returned to England and joined the scholastic profession, becoming a master at Christ's Hospital.
HEARNE, ALEC, who died at Beckenham on May 16, aged 88, was one of the best cricketers who never played for England. A younger brother of George and Frank, both Kent cricketers, he was born at Ealing on July 22, 1863. He derived his qualification for Kent from the fact that his father, old George Hearne, held the post of groundsman at Catford Bridge, where, in 1875, Kent decided all their home county matches. When first tried for the county in 1884, Alec Hearne was no batsman, but a clever leg-break bowler slightly above normal pace, with a good command of length, deceptive flight and plenty of spin. More than once in his early years he proved a thorn in the side of Yorkshire, enjoying a particular triumph at Bramall Lane in 1885 when taking 13 wickets, including five for 13 in one innings, at a cost of 48 runs. The strain upon his elbow entailed in imparting a leg-break troubled him so much that after a few seasons he took to bowling off-breaks, which he did with considerable success. Still, his great ambition was to become a good batsman, and by 1889 he established himself as the skilful run-getter that he remained for nearly twenty years.
Neat in method, he was strong in back-play and cut with precision, getting well over a rising ball or, if it got up particularly high, upper-cutting it over the slips. On slow pitches he was quick and accurate in hooking. Altogether Hearne played in first-class cricket for twenty-three seasons, scoring 16,380 runs, average 21, and taking 1,167 wickets for 19 runs each. Most of his work was done for Kent, for whom he scored eleven of his fifteen centuries, but he played four times for Players against Gentlemen and in the winter of 1891-92 formed one of the team which, under W. W. Read, went to South Africa. Among his big scores were 162 not out against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1899 when he and J. R. Mason (181 not out) put on 351 and established a Kent third-wicket record which stood for thirty-five years, and 155 against Gloucestershire at Gravesend in 1895--the match in which W. G. Grace, hitting 257 and 73 not out, was on the field while every ball was bowled. Other notable innings were 154 not out against Worcestershire at Worcester in 1906 and 152 not out from the Essex bowling at Leyton in 1901.
His most remarkable bowling analyses for Kent were: five wickets for 15 runs v. Hampshire at Tonbridge, four for 0 v. Somerset at Taunton, five for 13 v. Warwickshire at Maidstone, eight for 36 v. Middlesex at Lord's, four for 10 v. Gloucestershire at Tonbridge in 1902 and eight for 15 against the same county on the same ground the following year. Twice he performed the hat-trick, for M.C.C. v. Yorkshire at Lord's in 1888 and for Kent v. Gloucestershire at Clifton in 1900.
That Hearne should never have taken part in a Test match was the more remarkable because he accomplished several fine feats in games with various Australian teams. In 1884, in which summer Kent were the only county side to beat Murdoch's third team, he took seven wickets for 66, and two years later, when Kent triumphed by ten wickets at Canterbury, he dismissed four batsmen for 37 runs. In 1890 he helped to a further Kent victory with scores of 24 and 35, and in 1893, when the Australians lost on the St. Lawrence ground, he made 20 and 39 and took eight wickets. In 1893 he averaged 38 against the Australians, with a highest score of 120 for the South at The Oval, and obtained 17 wickets for 12 runs apiece. He played another three-figure innings against the Australians in 1899, getting 168 for W. G. Grace's XI at the Crystal Palace.
Kent gave him the match with Lancashire in 1898 as a benefit, and the M.C.C. awarded him the Middlesex v. Hampshire game at Lord's in 1913. For some years he was coach at the Kent Nursery at Tonbridge, and after the death of his cousin, Walter Hearne, in 1925 became scorer to the county, a post which, though latterly crippled by rheumatism, he fulfilled till 1939. Like all the other Hearnes, Alec was quiet of speech and manner, modest, and excellent judge of cricket.
HORNBY, MR. ALBERT HENRY, who died at North Kilworth, near Rugby on September 6, aged 75, captained Lancashire from 1908 to 1914. Born on July 29, 1877, the son of A. N. ( Monkey) Hornby, of England cricket and Rugby football fame, he first appeared for the county in 1899, and during his career he scored 9,541 runs, average 24.78, with 129 against Surrey at The Oval in 1912 his highest innings. Also in 1912, Hornby (96) shared in a partnership of 245 in two and half hours with J. Sharp (211) against Leicestershire at Old Trafford, a Lancashire seventh-wicket record which still stands. Another noteworthy performance of this free-hitting batsman occurred in 1905 when, going in No.9, he hit 106 from the Somerset bowling at Old Trafford, he and W. Findlay who afterwards became Secretary of M.C.C., adding 113 in half an hour for the ninth wicket.
The following appreciation by Mr. Neville Cardus appeared in the Manchester Guardian:--
Those who were boys at Old Trafford just before the war of 1914 will wish to express gratitude for the pleasure given by the cricket of A. H. Hornby. He was no mere chip from the old block; any metaphor suggestive of solidity, woodenness, or any object or body not endowed with spirit and volition is out of place in a discussion or description of the Hornbys. Albert, like his father, played the game for fun, and would have been as ashamed to refuse the challenge of a good ball as the challenge of a stiff jump on the hunting field.
A batsman so constituted and sharing his ideas might easily seem eccentric and anachronistic nowadays. He was known as a dashing batsman. We used strange categories in those old-fashioned years so as to get our players in their right degree and pedigree. There were also stonewallers; one in every county eleven but not more than one as a rule, though Warwickshire boasted two, Quaife and Kinneir, each of whom scored his centuries at the rate of 25 runs an hour, which is the speed of our contemporary Masters.
Albert Hornby for years was content to go in for Lancashire number seven or eight in the batting order; and usually he sustained an average of round about 23-28 an innings. Considering the quality of first-class bowling then and first-class bowling now, Hornby's figures can safely be raised in the present currency to 32 an innings. He played for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord's in 1914, went in first, and in the second innings, in spite of nasty wicket, scored 69 ( hitting brilliantly, says Wisden) against the attack of Barnes, Hitch, Tarrant, Kennedy and J. W. Hearne--and what an attack! He batted in the manner of C. S. Barnett and H. Gimblett, not as good and as well organised as either maybe, but he was in the same class. We could always be sure that if he stayed at the wicket half an hour he would for certain show us every time at least six great and thrilling strokes. Only of Gimblett can as much as this be said in 1952.
He was a gallant and purposeful captain for Lancashire, and a superb fieldsman. To this day I can see his catch near the off-side boundary at Old Trafford in June 1906; he ran yards like a hare to hold a really magnificent hit by E. W. Dillon of Kent. It was in this same match that on Whit Thursday J. T. Tyldesley scored 295 not out and was fielding at third man at six o'clock; Lancashire had made 531 at more than a hundred an hour. This was Woolley's first game in county cricket; he missed one or two catches--one of them gave Tyldesley a second innings at about 130; he was bowled by Cuttell for none and took one wicket for a hundred odd. But in Kent's second innings he drove and cut in a way that heralded the coming of a new and incomparable star.
Perhaps Hornby himself would wish to be remembered most of all at Old Trafford for his innings of 55 not out against Nottinghamshire in June 1910. On the third day--a Saturday-- Nottinghamshire, all out second innings, left Lancashire 403 to get win in five and a quarter hours. Tyldesley and Sharp attacked ruthlessly and scored 191 in two and a half hours. But there was work to do after they had both got out, and Hornby, so we thought, would not bat because of lameness. At the pinch he hobbled to the field on invisible crutches. He scarcely needed his runner; he drove right and left--off the back foot, an unusual position for any Hornby to be seen in during the act of belabouring a bowler. Lancashire won the match--403 in a fourth innings in less than five and a quarter hours. On this occasion--and I can remember no other--the crowd rushed across the field to cheer the conquering heroes near the pavilion. One small boy remained gazing in awe at the wicket on which only few moments ago his heroes had stood and walked and run and played. He was mightily impressed by the depth of the holes made by the bowlers... O my Hornby and my Tyldesley long ago!
HOTHFIELD, THE SECOND BARON, D.S.O. (JOHN SACKVILLE RICHARDS TUFTON), who died at his home in London on December 21, aged 79, played in a few matches for Kent in 1897 and 1898. Educated at Eton, he did not gain a place in the XI. His father, the first Lord Hothfield, was, as Sir Henry Tufton, President of Kent C.C.C. in 1877.
JOHNSTON, COLONEL ALEXANDER COLIN, D.S.O., M.C., who died suddenly at his home at Working on December 27, aged 68, was a leading personality in Army sport during forty years' service. Born on January 26, 1884, he played as opening batsman and leg-break bowler in the Winchester XI's of 1901 and 1902. His second match with Eton, in which he dismissed eight batsmen for 56 runs, was rendered memorable by the fact that G. A. Sandeman took all ten wickets for 22 runs in the Winchester first innings. From Winchester, Johnston went to Sandhurst, and he spent a year as a cowboy in Colorado and New Mexico before joining the Worcestershire Regiment. He was later attached for four years to the Northern Nigerian Regiment. During the first World War he served three years in France as a member of the original Expeditionary Force, being four times wounded, five times mentioned in dispatches, and rising to the rank of Brigadier General. Though left with a permanent limp, he continued his activities as soldier and sportsman. He played cricket for Hampshire over a period of twelve years and three times appeared for Gentlemen against Players, making top score for his side in the Lord's match of 1912. In all first-class games he scored 5,996 runs, average 30.91, hitting ten centuries. He also represented the Army at Association football and hockey and played polo for Western Nigeria.
KEMPSTER, MAJOR-GENERAL WALTER FRANCIS HERBERT, D.S.O., O.B.E., late King's Shropshire Light Infantry, who died at All Stretton, Shropshire, on June 26, aged 43, was in the Cheltenham XI from 1925 to 1927, being captain in his last year. A sound and attractive batsman, he several times represented the Army.
KITTERMASTER, MR. FREDERICK JAMES, who died at Rugby on July 2, aged 83, was in the Shrewsbury XI of 1887. While at King's College, Cambridge, he gained an Association football Blue as full-back in 1892--a considerable achievement considering that in the final of the College Cup Ties he had ordered M. H. Stanbrough, the University captain, off the field! He was a master at Clifton, Uppingham and for many years, at Rugby.
KORTRIGHT, MR. CHARLES JESSE, the old Essex cricketer and probably the fastest bowler in the history of the game, died at his Brentwood home on December 12, aged 81. He played county cricket from 1889 to 1907 and was contemporary with such other noted fast bowlers as Knox and Richardson of Surrey and Brearley and Mold of Lancashire. Kortright who also played for Free Foresters never appeared in a Test Match, but he accomplished many fine feats and William Gunn, the famous Nottinghamshire batsman, said after Kortright had bowled him in a Gentlemen v. Players match at Lord's that the ball which beat him was a yard faster than any he had ever played against. The late Sir Stanley Jackson in an article in the 1944 edition of Wisden on The Best Fast Bowler wrote, Kortright was generally regarded as the fastest bowler of his time in this country. Not only was he a very fast bowler, but also a very good one.
Against Surrey at Leyton in 1895 he took six wickets, including those of Hayward, Abel and Lohmann, for four runs. In another game against Surrey, at Leyton in 1893, he dismissed thirteen men for 64 runs. Another splendid achievement was his eight for 57 against the powerful Yorkshire batting side of 1990 at Leyton. In 1893, also at Leyton, he and Walter Mead bowled unchanged through both completed Surrey innings.
A man of splendid physique, standing six feet and possessing abundant stamina, Kortright took a long run and hurled the ball down at a great pace. He was fond of recounting the tale of a club match at Wallingford where, so he declared, he bowled a ball which rose almost straight and went out of the ground without a second bounce. This, he asserted, made him the first man to bowl a six in byes! He also claimed to have bowled Brockwell of Surrey with a yorker which rebounded from the bottom of the stumps and went back past Kortright almost to the boundary. With the bat, Kortright was at times an effective hitter. Against Hampshire at Southampton in 1891 he scored 158 in an hour and three-quarters, and he hit 131 out of 166 off Middlesex at Leyton in 1990.
In later life Kortright turned his sporting activities mainly to golf, and he was for many years a devoted and popular member of the Thorndon Park club in Essex. He always retained the keenest interest in cricket and was a vice-president of the Essex County Club, at whose matches he was frequently be seen until recent years. When interviewed for Wisden of 1948, Kortright advocated plenty of hard work in practice as the secret of producing a fast bowler, and he deprecated the modern cults of swing and spin. He believed that length and direction at the stumps should be the aim of fast bowlers, with much more use than seen to-day of the yorker, especially against newly-arrived batsmen. He also stressed the need for good fielding and its effect in encouraging the bowler to give of his best. Kortright did not agree that present-day pitches were less favourable to fast bowlers than those of his playing days, and pointed out that the bowler of to-day enjoyed such advantages as a slightly smaller ball, wider crease, bigger stumps, and an l.b.w. law allowing a batsman to be given out to a ball pitching outside the off stump.
LOVATT, MR. CLEMENT, who died, after a short illness, at his home at Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, on June 8, aged 40, kept wicket for Staffordshire in 1947.
LYON, MR. HERBERT, who died at Working on December 7, aged 84, was in the Winchester XI in 1884 and 1885. He was for some time Headmaster of Allan House, Hook Heath, Working.
MACLAREN, DR. JAMES ALEXANDER, M.D., who died as the result of a fall at Salisbury on July 8, aged 82, was in the Harrow XI from 1886 to 1888, being captain on the last occasion. He was the eldest of three brothers who played for the School, the most famous of them being A. C. MacLaren, of Lancashire and England. J. A. MacLaren, who was born on January 4, 1870, also made a few appearances for the county.
MCCRAITH, SIR DOUGLAS, who died on September 16, aged 74, was President of Nottinghamshire C.C.C. in 1937 and was chairman of the Committee. He was educated at Harrow and Cambridge without gaining distinction at cricket. He bore an active part in bringing to a satisfactory conclusion the controversy over the bowling of Harold Larwood. He was a noted personality in civic and political affairs in Nottingham.
MCLAREN, CAPT. F. A., O.B.E., who died at Bexleyheath on September 24, aged 78, was a prominent bowler for the Army in the years immediately preceding the first World War. He played for Hampshire against M.C.C. in 1908.
MAKEPEACE, HARRY, who died at his home at Bebington, Cheshire, on December 19, aged 70, was one of the few men who played both cricket and Association football for England. Born at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, on August 22, 1882, he was associated with Lancashire C.C.C. for forty-six years. His playing career with the country commenced in 1906 and he held a place in the side until 1930. Altogether he scored in first-class cricket 25,745 runs, average 36.15, including forty-three centuries, the highest of which was 203 against Worcestershire at Worcester in 1923. In the same summer he hit 200 not out from the Northamptonshire bowlers at Liverpool. Ten times he obtained more than 1,000 runs in a season, his best being in 1926 when his aggregate reached 2,340 and his average 48.75. An excellent cover-point and a batsman who, strong in defence, relied chiefly upon placing the ball and seldom put much power into his strokes, he carried his bat four times through a Lancashire innings. He shared in five partnerships of over 200 for the county, the largest of which was 270 for the first wicket with C. Hallows against Worcestershire at Worcester in 1922. In the match with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1912 he and A. H. Hornby engaged in a century opening stand in each innings--141 and 196. As a member of J. W. H. T. Douglas's M.C.C. Team in Australia in 1920-21, he took part in four Test matches, and in the fourth, at Melbourne, he hit 117 and 54.
For twenty years Makepeace was coach to the Lancashire Club, who, upon his retirement in 1951, made him an honorary life member. His benefit in 1922 realised £2,110, small reward by current standards. As a footballer he played right half-back for Everton, and he represented England against Scotland in 1906, 1910 and 1912, and against Wales in 1912. He was a member of the Everton team which won the F.A. Cup Final at the Crystal Palace in 1906 and lost that of 1907.
MANN, MR. NORMAN BERTRAM FLEETWOOD, died in a Johannesburg nursing home on July 31, aged 30. The untimely death of this modest and likeable man, known throughout the cricket world as Tufty, was yet another grievous blow to a country which has lost so many fine cricketers in their playing prime. Taken ill soon after the Fourth Test in England in 1951, he underwent an abdominal operation and stayed in England for three months before flying home. He bore his troubles with the steadfastness and patience which characterised him in all things, but another operation became necessary midway through 1952 and he died some six weeks later.
Born at Brakpan, Transvaal, on December 28, 1921, Mann was first educated at Michaelhouse College. He represented Natal Schools at cricket, and at the age of 16, won the Natal Amateur Golf Championship. Subsequently he went to Cambridge. Although bowling well in the Freshmen's match there in 1939 he did not gain a place in any of the University games, but, turning his attention again to golf, he won his Blue. Going back to South Africa, he played for Natal in the 1939-40 season. His first experience of big cricket could have been anything but encouraging, for Mann was a member of the Natal attack against which Transvaal scored 608 runs for six wickets. E. A. Rowan's 306 not out still remains a South African batting record. With two wickets for 106 in 45 overs, Mann did not suffer so much from Rowan's flogging as did his colleagues.
During the war Mann was captured in Italy, but he escaped and was hidden by peasants. On his return to South Africa he settled in Port Elizabeth and began his association with Eastern Province. He quickly made his mark by impeccable length, direction and control of spin, and in December 1946, against Transvaal at Johannesburg, he established a then world record by bowling 542 balls (67.6-38-69-6) in an innings.
The Selectors merely confirmed the opinion of all South African cricketers when they chose him as the left-arm slow bowler to made the tour to England in 1947.
In a high-scoring series of Tests, Mann headed the South African bowling averages with 15 wickets, average 40.20. Making his international debut on a typically docile pitch at Nottingham, Mann conformed so successfully to the tactics required by his captain that he opened with eight successive maiden overs against such punishing batsmen as Denis Compton and Edrich--in their peak year--and in the match sent down 80 overs for 104 runs. More accurate bowling on an unhelpful pitch scarcely could be imagined. Another good performance was his four for 68 in 50 overs in the Fourth Test. Throughout the tour he completely fulfilled the two main functions of a left-arm slow bowler--to seal up one end when conditions favoured batsmen and to extract full advantage when they offered him the slightest assistance. Although indifferent eyesight compelled Mann to wear glasses and also handicapped his batting, he occasionally delighted spectators with powerful hitting made with a free swing of the bat. That season he trounced the Glamorgan bowling for 97 out of 122 in a stand with A. M. B. Rowan lasting fifty-five minutes. He fell to a catch in the deep when trying a big hit which would have completed his only century in first-class cricket.
From the time of his entry into Test cricket, Mann became an automatic choice for South Africa and, until illness forced him to withdraw from the Fifth Test at The Oval in 1951, he played in nineteen consecutive Tests, fourteen against England, five against Australia. Earlier in that 1951 season Mann's four for 24 in the second innings at Nottingham helped South Africa to gain their first Test victory for sixteen years and the second in all visits to England.
Few better illustrations of Mann's accuracy could be provided than the fact that, on seven occasions when he bowled fifty or more overs in Test cricket, only once did he give away more than 100 runs. Two of his best feats were eight for 59 against Western Province at Capetown in 1947-48 and six for 59 against F. G. Mann's M.C.C. Team in the Durban Test of 1948-49. His record in Currie Cup games bore comparison with any bowler of his type in the Union. In the twelve games in which he participated he took 75 wickets, including twelve for 102 against Rhodesia in 1950-51.
MARLOW, FRANCIS WILLIAM, who scored a century on his debut in first-class cricket, died at Brighton on August 7, aged 84. He also enjoyed the distinction of hitting a century when first appearing for Players against Gentlemen at The Oval in 1895, scoring 27 and 100. Born at Tamworth, Staffordshire, on October 8, 1867, he was taken to live at Brighton when a month old, and returned to play for his native county from 1887 to 1890, heading the batting averages in the last season when making 133 v. Northamptonshire at Stoke. In 1891 Billy Marlow began to qualify by residence for Sussex, being contemporary with such famous players as Ranji, C. B. Fry and Sir Aubrey Smith. Against M.C.C. and Ground at Lord's in the season, his first match for his new county, he hit 144, and as a stylish, forcing opening batsman and brilliant fieldsman at mid-off and third man he continued till he retired from the game in 1904. Later he became a first-class umpire.
His highest innings for Sussex was 155 against Somerset at Hove in 1895, when he and K. S. Ranjitsinhji added 226 for the second wicket, and he hit 130 from the Oxford University bowling on the same ground when sharing in an opening stand of 303 with G. L. Wilson. Next year, also at Hove, he and George Bean made 211 for the first wicket against Gloucestershire. Altogether he scored 7,855 runs, average 22.44.
MARTIN, MR. AUSTIN WALTER, who died on December 23, aged 80, was from 1924 to 1940 head groundsman at The Oval, in which time he was responsible for the preparation of many Test match pitches, including that upon which in 1938 Hutton scored his record 364 against Australia. He was a member of the Surrey C.C.C. ground staff for fifty-one years. Well-known to all in the cricket world as Bosser, he was an authority upon the subject of the destruction of insect pests. In 1935, when the turf at Lord's suffered so considerably from a plague of leather-jackets, he was called in with successful results to act as general in the war. His son is head groundsman at Lord's.
MATTHEWS, THE HON. R. C., who died on September 20, aged 81, was a great cricket-lover and worker for the game in Canada. He financed the Canadian side that toured England in 1936. A visit to Canada by an M.C.C. side that followed had much to do with the formation of the Canadian Cricket Association.
MICKLEM, MR. LIONEL OFFLEY, who died at Kettering on February 7, aged 78, was in the Winchester XI from 1890 to 1892, being contemporary with such players as J. R. Mason and H. D. G. Leveson Gower. At one time he owned a cattle station in Queensland, Australia.
MONTGOMERY, WILLIAM, who died at Oundle on November 14, aged 74, was cricket coach at Oundle for some thirty years before retiring in 1946.
MORCOM, DR. ALFRED FARR, who died in London on February 12, four days before his 67th birthday, did great work for Cambridge University in the early part of the century. After three years in the Repton XI from 1901 to 1903, he gained a Blue in 1905 and helped in a remarkable win by 40 runs in the University match. Cambridge, 101 behind on the first innings, recovered after being seemingly set for defeat and left the Dark Blues to get 164. Then Morcom got to work with fast-medium right-arm bowling and, by taking six wickets for 41 runs, brought about the dismissal of Oxford for 123. Next season, when Cambridge again won, Morcom achieved little in the big game; but in 1907 he once more came into the limelight. He took five wickets for 69 in the first innings and four for 29 in the second, and Cambridge, after getting the worst of the pitch in a match much interfered with by rain, won by five wickets. In three University matches he dismissed twenty-one batsmen at a cost of 14 runs apiece, a remarkable feat. His best performance for the University was in 1906 when at Fenner's he took twelve Northamptonshire wickets for 98 runs. Nearly always accurate in length, he brought the ball down from a good height, making it come quickly off the turf and introducing an occasional break-back or yorker. With G. G. Napier, fast-medium, and P. R. May, fast, he comprised a most formidable bowling combination for Cambridge. Later he assisted Bedfordshire, but the exigencies of his profession limited his appearances. He was born on February 16, 1885.
MURRELL, MR. HARRY ROBERT, who died at his home at West Wickham, Kent, on August 15, aged 71, was for forty-six years associated with Middlesex, first as wicket-keeper and afterwards as scorer. Born at Hounslow, Middlesex, on November 19, 1880, Joe Murrell as he was always known, began his first-class career with Kent, playing for them in twenty-seven matches between 1899 and 1905. As Fred Huish was then in his prime, Murrell found the opportunity to keep wicket on only six occasions during that period, but he caught seventeen batsmen and stumped three. He took part in the tie between Kent and Surrey at The Oval in 1905, of which match Lord Harris, in his History of Kent County Cricket, wrote: To show the coolness of some of our team, when the match was a tie and Smith skied the ball to Murrell--at third man-- the latter quietly rubbed his hands on his trousers and then caught it, while I am told that Blythe said, before the ball was in Murrell's hands, `This is the first tie-match I have ever played in!'
The following season Murrell joined Middlesex, and he retained his place in the county side until 1926. In that time he helped in the dismissal of 749 batsmen for the county. A first-class wicket-keeper, specially good on the leg-side because he was left-handed, he would undoubtedly have gained higher honours had he not been contemporary with E. J. Smith and H. Strudwick. Twice he helped Middlesex to win the County Championship, in 1920 and 1921, and of him Wisden of the time said: In Murrell, Middlesex had one of the best of wicket-keepers--never estimated at quite his real value.
His best performance was when, in 1926, he dismissed six batsmen in the second innings of Gloucestershire at Bristol, catching four and stumping two. Sir Pelham Warner, the former Middlesex captain, paid a high tribute to Murrell's loyalty, judgement and advice in critical situations, particularly when in 1920 Middlesex beat Kent at Canterbury by four runs and Yorkshire at Bradford by five runs. A fast-footed, tall and lean right-handed batsman, Murrell could hit extremely hard. For M.C.C. and Ground against Kent in 1905, he scored 67 out of 89 in forty minutes, and, going in No.9 for Middlesex at Leeds in 1906, he punished the Yorkshire bowling for 63 in just over an hour.
NEWTON, MR. ARTHUR EDWARD, who died at his home at Trull, Somerset on September 15, three days after his 90th birthday, was a famous wicket-keeper who continued his activities in club cricket until the age of 81. When 74, having cycled to the Taunton ground to turn out for Somerset Stragglers, he demonstrated that his ability had not seriously declined by stumping five batsmen. While at Eton in 1880 he began an association with Somerset which lasted for thirty-four years. A.E., as he was affectionately known to so many, helped S. M. J. Woods to take a wicket with the first ball he bowled for Somerset. This was at Edgbaston in 1886. C. W. Rock, batting for Warwickshire, missed a very fast yorker on the leg-side, and Newton stumped him brilliantly.
Born on September 12, 1862, he played against Harrow at Lord's in 1879 and the two following years. The matches of 1880 and 1881 were noteworthy for the fact that, though P. J. de Paravacini took twelve Harrow wickets on each occasion, he was twice on the losing side. When at Pembroke College, Oxford, Newton gained a Blue in 1885, and he appeared for Gentlemen against Players at The Oval in 1897, conceding only two byes in a total of 431, and at Lord's in 1902. He took part in two tours abroad. In 1885 he was a member of a team of amateurs who went to the U.S.A. under E. J. Sanders, finishing second in the batting averages, and in the winter of 1887-88 he visited Australia with G. F. Vernon's side. Cricket grounds in the Antipodes in those far-off days left much to be desired. Newton used to relate how one of his team-mates refused to field in the deep during a match in Tasmania because he had seen a snake wriggle into a hole close to where he was placed! Altogether in first-class cricket Newton caught 297 batsmen and stumped 119. Until the last ten years of his life he hunted regularly with the Taunton Vale Foxhounds and the Taunton Vale Harriers. He was a member of the M.C.C. from 1884.
NORDEN, MR. RICHARD WATTS, who died at Johannesburg on February 20, aged 73, played as a slow left-arm bowler for Transvaal between 1904 and 1907. In a Currie Cup match against Rhodesia at Johannesburg in 1905 he took twelve wickets for 33 runs, his second innings analysis reading 12--8--12--8.
NAWAB IFTIKHAR ALI OF PATAUDI, who died after a heart attack while playing polo at New Delhi on January 5, at the age of 41, will always be associated with Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji as three great Indian batsmen who became leading figures in English cricket. Pataudi, known as Pat throughout the world, achieved the rare distinction of representing England and India in Test Cricket.
Born at Pataudi in the Punjab on March 16, 1910, he went to Chiefs' College, Lahore, and received cricket coaching from M. G. Salter, the Oxford Blue. Going to England in 1926, he obtained further guidance from Frank Woolley, the Kent and England left-hander. In October 1927 Pataudi went to Oxford, but had to wait until 1929 before gaining his Blue. That season he accomplished little with the bat until the University match, when his innings of 106 and 84 went a long way towards saving the game. The following year he disappointed against Cambridge, but on his third appearance in 1931 he reached the height of his powers. In form from the start of the season, he scored 1,307 runs in 16 innings and finished top of the Oxford batting with the splendid average of 93. In successive innings he made 183 not out against The Army at Folkestone, 165 and 100 against Surrey at The Oval and 138 and 68 against H. D. G. Leveson Gower's XI at Eastbourne. Even this he overshadowed with a remarkable 238 not out against Cambridge at Lord's, the highest individual score ever made in the University match.
On the previous day A. Ratcliffe, of Cambridge, made 201, beating the previous best University score of 172 not out made by J. F. Marsh of Cambridge in 1904. Ratcliffe's record lasted only a few hours and it was said that before going in Pataudi declared his intention of trying to pass that figure. That was typical of the man--a great fighter who was at his best when a definite challenge was at hand. The innings caused him so much physical and nervous strain that he collapsed on his return to the pavilion.
His health was never strong and he was not always fit when touring Australia with D. R. Jardine's team in 1932-33. Nevertheless, he added another great triumph to his name by scoring a century in his First Test Match and helping England to victory by ten wickets at Sydney. He played in the next Test but did little, and was left out for the remaining three games.
Pataudi did not allow his disappointment to upset him, and on returning to England he was again in fine form for Worcestershire, his adopted county. In 1934 he was once more chosen for England against Australia, but scored only 12 and 10 at Nottingham in the First Test, and ill-health handicapped him afterwards. Although making occasional appearances for Worcestershire, he virtually dropped out of the game, but surprised everyone by returning to England as captain of the Indian touring team in 1946. He showed glimpses of his class, notably when becoming one of four batsmen to score a hundred in the same innings against Sussex at Hove, and finished third in the averages, but he was again handicapped by ill-health and he failed in the three Test matches.
After that tour Pataudi again dropped out of cricket, but he made one more attempt to return. In November 1951 M.C.C. approved an application for Pataudi to be regarded as still qualified to play for Worcestershire, and it was expected that he would appear occasionally for the county, despite his age of 41. He died a few weeks later.
A quick-footed batsman with a splendid eye, Pataudi possessed a wide variety of strokes, but did not have the fluency of his Indian predecessors, Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji. He was also a fine hockey and billiards player and an accomplished speaker, although some considered his wit to be sharp and cynical. After the partition of India and Pakistan, Pataudi, a Moslem, found himself without a State to rule, but preserved his ruling status and was employed in the Indian Foreign Office in New Delhi. He left three daughters besides an eleven-year-old son, who has shown promise of developing into a good cricketer.
PIDCOCK, MR. RICHARD GEORGE, who died at Manchester on July 31, aged 72, was in the Winchester XI of 1899. He was formerly Headmaster of Bramcote School Scarborough.
POPE, DR. ROWLAND JAMES, who died at Sydney on July 27, aged 88, was a frequent visitor to England with Australian teams, though not as a playing member. Born on February 18, 1864, he was educated at Hutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania, gaining a place in the eleven as a batsman and bowler of lobs, and he later played for Sydney University. Subsequently, while studying medicine, he was in the Edinburgh University side. In 1884-85, after hitting 170 not out for Melbourne Zingari against Richmond, he represented New South Wales in two matches against Victoria, and he appeared for a Combined XI of Australia and for his State against Alfred Shaw's team. An M.D. and F.R.C.S. of Edinburgh and an ophthalmic specialist, he became a member of M.C.C. in 1887.
POWYS-KECK, CAPT. HORATIO JAMES, who died in London on January 30, aged 79, was educated at Malvern, but did not gain a place in the eleven. He played a few games for Worcestershire. As a member of the Oxford University Authentics XI he toured India and Burma in 1902-03.
PRETTY, DR. HAROLD C., who died at his home at Kettering on May 31, aged 76, achieved some noteworthy performances during a brief career in big cricket. On his first appearance in a first-class game, against Nottinghamshire at The Oval in 1899, he helped Surrey to victory by an innings and 85 runs by hitting 124. Upon joining Northamptonshire in 1906 he punished the Derbyshire bowling at Derby for 200, which scored out of 280 in 200 minutes, included thirty-five 4's. Born on October 23, 1875, he was a strong, punishing batsman and a very good fieldsman, generally at third man. He also represented Surrey at Rugby football.
PRIDHAM, MAJOR C. H. B., late of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, died at East Sheen, Surrey, on April 9, aged 68. Severely wounded in the first World War, he played for many years under considerable difficulty, chiefly for Somerset Stragglers. He was author of The Charm of Cricket Past and Present.
RATTIGAN, MR. WILLIAM FRANK ARTHUR, C.M.G., who died suddenly at Exmouth on March 9, aged 72, was in the Harrow XI from 1896 to 1898. Going up to Oxford, he scored 119 in the 1899 Freshmen's match, but did not get his Blue. While at Harrow he won the Public School's Rackets Challenge Cup with L. F. Andrews in 1897 and 1898, and in 1896 he won the Challenge Rackets. Formerly in the Diplomatic Service, he retired in 1922. He was the father of Terence Rattigan, the playwright.
ROBINSON, THE FIRST BARON (ROY LISTER ROBINSON), who died of pneumonia in Ottawa on September 5, aged 69, while leading the United Kingdom delegation to the Sixth British Commonwealth Forestry Conference, played as a fast bowler and batsman for Oxford in 1908 and 1909, put the weight in the inter-University Sports from 1907 to 1909, and played in the lacrosse matches with Cambridge from 1906 to 1909. Born at Perth, Australia, on May 8, 1883, he was educated at St. Peter's College, Adelaide, and Adelaide University before going to Oxford. During a long public career he served with the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministry of Munitions and the Board of Agriculture and Forestry.
SCOTT, LIEUT.-COLONEL LORD GEORGE MONTAGU-DOUGLAS, K.C.M.G., D.S.O., who died suddenly at Paddington Station on July 26, aged 72, while on his way to the Windsor Horse Show, played for Eton in 1898 and took part in the Oxford Freshmen's match of 1899. He played much military cricket, especially in India, where in 1906 he hit three hundreds in succession and at one period of the season played six innings, three of them not out, for 582 runs, average 194. He served in the Boer War and in the first World War, and played a notable part in the development of Kenya.
SHERWIN, MR. WILLIAM H., who died at Nottingham on December 20, aged 59, was a grandson of the late Mordecai Sherwin, the Nottinghamshire and England wicket-keeper. A director of Messrs. Gunn and Moore, the sports outfitters, he had been described as the finest expert on cricket bat willow. He was at one time a member of the Nottinghamshire C.C.C. Committee, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire F.C., and a member of the Youth Advisory Committee at Lord's. In the first World War, as a captain in the Sherwood Foresters, he was mentioned in dispatches.
SHINE, MR. EUSTACE BEVERLEY, C.B., who died at his home at New Milton, Hampshire, on November 11, will always hold a place in cricket history as the fast bowler who bore a leading part in bringing about an important alteration in the law governing the follow-on. Born at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on July 9, 1873, he was educated at Kind Edward VI School, Saffron Walden, and Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he got his Blue in 1896 and the following year. It was in the first of his appearances against Oxford that shine became involved in an incident which had far-reaching results. By quarter to four on the second day, Oxford stood 131 behind the Cambridge first innings total of 319 with only one wicket to fall. Then, to quote Wisden of the time, the Cambridge captain, Frank Mitchell, by palpably giving away runs to prevent his opponents from following-on, forced the M.C.C. to reconsider the whole question of a much-criticised law.
Shine sent down three balls--two of them no-balls--to the boundary for four each. These 12 runs deprived Oxford of the chance of following-on and immediately afterwards the Dark Blues innings closed for 202, or 117 behind. As they left the field the Cambridge eleven came in for a very hostile demonstration at the hands of the public, and inside the pavilion matters were still worse, scores of members of the M.C.C. protesting in the most vigorous fashion against the policy that Frank Mitchell had adopted. In the end Oxford, set 330 to get, won by four wickets. At that time Law 53 read: The side which goes in second shall follow their innings if they have scored 120 runs less than the opposite side in a three days' match, or 80 runs in a two days' match, In 1900 the law was altered, making the enforcing of the follow-on optional to the side who led by 150 on the first innings in a three-day match. After his University days Shine played occasionally for Kent between 1896 and 1899. When making his highest score (49) against Warwickshire at Tonbridge in 1897, he and F. Marchant (144 not out) added 158 for the ninth wicket in an hour. In all Shine took 129 wickets, average 24.14. A man of charming personality, he served with the Board of Agriculture from 1900 until he retired in 1933.
SMYES-THOMPSON, MR. HENRY EDMUND, M.D., M.R.C.P., who died at Oxford on January 18, aged 78, was educated at Winchester, but did not gain a place in the eleven. Going up to Christ's College, Cambridge, he played in the Senior's matches from 1893 to 1895, scoring 145 in 1894, but he did not get his Blue.
STEPHENS, MR. REGINALD TEMPLE, who died at Brisbane on July 12, aged 72, was secretary of the Queensland Cricket Association from September 1923 to January 1942. During this time Queensland were admitted to the Sheffield Shield Competition and succeeded in establishing Brisbane as a venue for Test matches. Stephens also acted as secretary to the Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust from 1928 to 1942, when he retired. Educated at All Saints and the Melbourne Church of England Grammar Schools, he spent the early years of the century in South Africa, where he figured prominently as batsman, bowler and captain of the Ramblers Club, Johannesburg. In 1920 he played for and became secretary of the Toombul Club, Brisbane. He was a practising public accountant.
TAYLOR, DR. CLIFFORD JOHN, F.R.C.S., L.S.A., who died at Chatham after a long illness on November 10, aged 76, played in a few matches for Gloucestershire at the end of last century. He liked to relate how, in 1899, when he dismissed K. S. Ranjitsinhji in a match against Sussex, the famous batsman called to him: Well bowled, young'un! After qualifying at Edinburgh University, Taylor practised medicine in London and Chelmsford before going to Chatham in 1910, in the first World War he served with the R.A.M.C. in Egypt and Palestine.
TRISTRAM, LIEUT.-COLONEL MILES HATTON, who died at Whytecliffe, British Columbia, on July 23, aged 82, played in the Eton XI of 1889. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902 with the 12th Lancers.
TURNER, BRIGADIER ARTHUR JERVOIS, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. and Croix de Guerre, who died at Graffham, Sussex, on September 8, aged 74, was born at Mussorie, India, one of several cricketing sons of major J. T. Turner, who, with other members of the Hong Kong cricket team, lost his life in the wreck of the Bokhara in 1892 when returning from a match with Shanghai. An all-rounder, A. J. Turner was educated at Bedford Modern School, where he gained a place in the eleven in 1892 when thirteen. He played four seasons for the school, being captain in 1895. For Woolwich and the Army he also earned a reputation as a cricketer, and after occasional appearances for Bedfordshire he assisted Essex between 1897 and 1910. In his first season of first-class cricket he hit 40 and 111 against Yorkshire at Huddersfield. He played for Gentlemen v. Players at The Oval in 1898 and was invited for the Lord's match the following summer, but because of military duties could not accept. Besides his cricketing abilities, Turner was an excellent Rugby footballer and played for Blackheath and Kent. He served with the Royal Artillery in the South African War and, while on the General Headquarters Staff in France during the first World War, was four times mentioned in dispatches.
WATERMAN, MR. LEONARD WILLIAM, died suddenly after a heart attack at Brisbane on January 1, in his 56th year. A capable wicket-keeper and lusty batsman, his chief claim to fame was his catching of O. W. Bill and D. G. Bradman off the aboriginal fast bowler, E. Gilbert, without either batsman scoring. This occurred in his first Sheffield Shield match for Queensland v. New South Wales in November 1931. He represented his State in four Sheffield Shield matches, dismissing eleven batsmen (7 c., 4 st.).
WATSON, LIEUT.-COLONEL ARTHUR CAMPBELL, D.S.O., who died at Shermansbury, Horsham, on January 16, aged 67, was in the Uppingham XI of 1901. From 1922 till 1928 he played for Sussex as a hard-hitting batsman. Against Northamptonshire at Hove in 1922, when batting No. 10, he scored 111 out of 168 in 85 minutes, giving only one chance--when 90. He hit two 6's, one 5 and thirteen 4's. Later he played on occasions for Essex. He served in the South African War in 1902 and in India and Egypt during the first World War.
WATSON, REV. ARTHUR HAWTREY, who died at Norwich on September 7, aged 87, was captain of Derby School XI in 1883. When at Oxford he played for Keble College, and afterwards appeared for Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Gentlemen of Warwickshire. As an Association footballer he represented Somerset.
WEST, REV. ARTHUR GEORGE BAINBRIDGE, who died at Shorne, Kent, on January 29, aged 88, was in the Tonbridge XI from 1881 to 1883, being captain in the last year. After going down from New College, Oxford, he played cricket and Association football for Lincolnshire.
WILLIAMS, MR. CARL DINGWALL, who died suddenly following a heart attack in London on October 18, aged 76, was a member of the Harrow XI's of 1893 and 1894. A leading figure in the wine trade, he was at one time chairman of the Wine and Spirits Association and the Sherry Shippers Association.
WILSON, MR. CHARLES GELDART, who died at Roseneath,Victoria, Australia, on June 28, aged 84, was for many years a prominent personality in New Zealand sport. Born at Ballarat, Victoria, Gillie Wilson played as an attractive, forceful batsman for Victoria, and in New Zealand appeared for Southland, Otago, South Island and Wellington. In all cricket in New Zealand, where from 1902 he was manager of a business firm for many years, he scored 6,585 runs, average 30.48. At one time he was chairman of the Southland Cricket Association and President of the Southland Rugby Union.