1970

Obituaries in 1969

ALEXANDER OF TUNIS, HAROLD RUPERT LEOFRIC GEORGE, FIELD-MARSHAL, EARL, who died on June 16, aged 77, was in the Harrow XI of 1910, taking part in Fowler's Match, which Eton won at Lord's by nine runs. When Harrow were set 55 to win, R. St. L. Fowler bowled his off-breaks with such telling effect that he took eight wickets for 23, the innings being all over for 45. Alexander, then the Hon. H. R. L. G. Alexander, obtained three Eton wickets for seven runs in the first innings and two for 33 in the second. In 1956, he was President of M.C.C. He earned great military distinction in both World Wars, and was later Governor General of Canada and Minister of Defence.

ANSON, CLAUDE ESMOND, who died on March 26, aged 79, played as an amateur for Yorkshire in two matches in 1924.

ARMITAGE, CAPT. EVERARD LEATHLEY, who died in hospital on July 16, aged 68, made eight appearances for Hampshire between 1919 and 1925. He also played for The Army.

ASHWELL, THOMAS GEOFFREY LYON, who dies on December 21, was in the Rugby XI in 1915 as a leg-break bowler. Going up to Oxford, he played in one match for University in 1919.

ATKINSON-CLARK, JOHN CECIL, who died on October 2, aged 57, was in the Eton XI for three years from 1929, being captain in 1931. In 1930 against Harrow at Lord's, he hit 135 in the first innings--more than the other ten batsmen obtained between them--and 31 in the second. He and A. G. Pelham, whose medium pace bowling brought him 11 wickets for 44 runs, were virtually responsible for victory by eight wickets. Atkinson-Clark turned out in a few matches for Middlesex between 1930 and 1932, his highest score for the county being 66 against Glamorgan at Lord's.

AUBREY-FLETCHER, MAJOR SIR HENRY LANCELOT, the sixth baronet, who died on May 30, aged 81, played with considerable success as an all-rounder for Buckinghamshire between 1921 and 1929. He was Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire from 1954 to 1961. Under the nom-de-plume of Henry Wade, he wrote several successful detective novels. His son, J. H. L. Aubrey-Fletcher, who succeeded to the baronetcy, also played for Buckinghamshire after the Second World War.

BALDWIN, HERBERT GEORGE, who died on March 7, aged 75, played as a professional batsman for Surrey from 1922 to 1930, though appearing infrequently, in the Championship side. Son of H. Baldwin, the Hampshire all-rounder, Harry was a splendid fieldsman at cover-point. For nearly thirty years after giving up playing, he served as a first-class umpire, standing in nine Test matches between 1946 and 1953. He created a sensation in 1938 when he no-balled E. L. McCormick, the Australian fast bowler, no fewer than nineteen times in three overs in the opening match of the tour against Worcestershire at Worcester. McCormick lost his run-up and he apologised to Baldwin for causing him so much trouble.

BARBER, DR. HUGH, who died on September 7, aged 92, played in two extra matches outside the Championship programme for Yorkshire in 1898 against Worcestershire at Worcester and Halifax. This was the season before Worcestershire achieved first-class status.

BARTLEY, COMMDR. EDWARD LESLIE DAYRELL, who died in the Royal Naval Hospital on October 7, aged 73, kept wicket for Hampshire in three matches in 1931. When a member of the Royal Navy team, he toured South Africa with Lord--then the Hon. L. H.--Tennyson's side in South Africa in 1924-25.

BATCHELOR, DENZIL STANLEY, who died on September 6, aged 63, wrote on cricket and rugby football, latterly for The Times. Formerly Sports Editor of Picture Post, he was also an author, playwright and broadcaster on many other subjects.

BATES, FREDERICK STANLEY, who died on August 13, aged 70, was in the Marlborough XI in 1917. In 1920, he played in two matches for Hampshire.

BERKELEY, CAPT. ROBERT G. W., who died in a Bristol nursing home on August 28, aged 71, played for Worcestershire in 1922. He served in the Army in both World Wars, was a Deputy Lieutenant for Worcestershire and High Sheriff of the county in 1933.

BETTINGTON, DR. REGINALD HENSHAW BRINDLEY, who died in an accident--his car fell 100 feet on to a railway line--in New Zealand on June 24, aged 69, was a fine all-round sportsman. He was in the Oxford cricket XI for four years from 1920, being captain in 1923; played as a forward in the University Rugby matches of 1920 and 1922 and got his Blue at golf. He appeared for Middlesex, for Gentlemen v. Players and, after returning to Australia, captained New South Wales. In addition, he won both the New South Wales and Australian amateur golf championships.

Going from King's School, Paramatta, to Oxford in 1920, Reg Bettington got his cricket Blue as a Freshman. He created a big impression with his leg-breaks and googlies, taking 56 wickets for the University for 15.12 runs each. In the Freshmen's match, he dismissed eight men for 48 runs in an innings, took seven for 47 and five for 42 against Somerset, five for 48 against Essex and earned a similar analysis in the match at Oxford with Warwickshire. Yet he met with little success in the University match and he did not touch the same form in the following two seasons.

In 1923, when he became the first Australian to captain Oxford, however, he reaped a rich harvest of Cambridge victims. Helped by the effects of what Wisden described as the worst thunderstorm for twelve years, he took three wickets for 19 runs in the first innings and eight for 66 in the second, thus playing a leading part in victory for Oxford by an innings and 227 runs--the most substantial in the series between the Universities. Among other Outstanding analyses he achieved were six wickets for 71 runs against Hampshire at Oxford and five for 22 and four for 91 against Surrey at The Oval, and his full figures for the summer were 61 wickets for 16.55 each.

From the University he went to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where he qualified as a doctor, and in 1928 he assisted Middlesex. In 15 County Championship matches, he took 54 wickets for 29.44 runs apiece and made 605 runs at an average of 30.25. Against Somerset at Lord's he followed an innings of 95 by sending back six second-innings batsmen for 78 runs, and he took six Somerset wickets for 78 on the same ground.

In all first-class cricket in England, he obtained 335 wickets for 22.15 runs each and, as a forthright batsman who once drove a ball into the Press Box at The Oval, he scored 3,072 runs, including five centuries, average 27.67.

For a number of years he was ear, nose and throat specialist to the Hawke's Bay Hospital Board, a post he held at the time of his death.

BODEN, TIMOTHY WALTER, who died on September 5, aged 68, played for Derbyshire against Sussex at Chesterfield in 1920--a season in which the county called upon no fewer than 39 players for Championship fixtures.

BRANSTON, GEORGE TREVOR, who died on August 12, aged 84, was in the Charterhouse XI from 1901 to 1903. A good all-rounder, he was top of the bowling averages in 1901 and in his last season headed the batting figures with 708 runs, a highest innings of 144, and an average of 78.66. He got his Blue at Oxford in 1904 and the two following seasons, and from 1903 to 1913 made occasional appearances for Nottinghamshire. He toured the U.S.A. and Canada with the M.C.C. team under E. W. Mann in 1907 and also played in New Zealand. In all first-class cricket, he scored 3,301 runs, average 25.20, dismissed 144 batsmen at a cost of 26.56 runs each and held 90 catches.

BROWN WILLIAM, who died on July 11, aged 69, was at one time on the Surrey C.C.C. staff and later saw service as a Minor Counties' umpire. He was coach at Dulwich College for 40 years.

BROWNE, ROYMAN, who died suddenly on January 29, aged 55, was an artist with a great love of cricket whose cartoons and writings afforded amusement to reader of the Playfair Annual, The Boundary Book and numerous other publications. He illustrated many of his own articles and was an authority on Dr. W. G. Grace and Tom Richardson. He was Art Editor of Fleetway Publications at the time of his death. As a witty speaker on the history of the game, he was in great demand at cricket functions, his talks being enlivened by cartoons which he drew as he spoke.

BRUTON, CHARLES LAMB, who died in hospital on March 26, aged 78, played as an amateur batsman in six matches for Gloucestershire in 1922. For three years from 1907, he was in the Radley XI, heading the batting averages in 1908. He was Resident Commissioner in Swaziland from 1937 to 1942 and Commissioner of the East African Refugee Association from 1942 to 1947.

BUCHANAN, JOHN NEVILLE, who died on October 31, aged 82, was in the Charterhouse XI as an all-rounder from 1903 to 1905 and became captain. In his last season he headed the batting figures with an average of 54.57 and took 25 wickets for fewer than 20 runs apiece. He got his Blue as a Freshman at Cambridge in 1906 and also played against Oxford in the following three seasons, leading the side in 1909. His bowling at this time proved somewhat expensive, but he played a number of good innings. He also represented the University at tennis. Later he assisted Buckinghamshire as opening batsman from time to time.

BURN, EDMUND HOLROYD MILLER, who was killed, together with his wife, in a road accident at Grimsby Beach, Ontario, on October 22, aged 47, occupied a unique position in Canadian cricket affairs as player, coach, administrator, publisher and author. A fine batsman and useful change bowler, he was capped against the M.C.C. in 1951, represented Canada on tour in the United Kingsom in 1954 and appeared for both Manitoba and Ontario in Inter-Provincial competition, in addition captaining the Hamilton Cricket League side and the St. Catharines Cricket Club. He was Ontario Cricket Association Delegate to the Canadian Cricket Association Board of Control from 1956 to 1958, having served as Secretary of the Ontario Cricket Association between 1954 and 1956. He produced, edited and published The Canadian Cricketer, a monthly magazine dealing with all facets of cricket in Canada, from 1952 to 1965. Possessed of a remarkable flair for imparting cricket knowledge to the young, he was perhaps Canada's most successful coach during his period of service at Ridley College, St. Catherines where, between 1951 and 1969, he was a member of the Lower School teaching staff.

BURROUGH, THE REV. JOHN WILSON, who was killed in a road accident on September 11, aged 65, was in the Lancing XI before playing in occasional matches for Gloucestershire from 1924 to 1937. He was a nephew of the Rev. J. Burrough, who got his Blue for Cambridge in 1895.

BUTLER, GEORGE S., who died on September 19 aged 68, was in the Marlborough XI from 1916 to 1919, being captain in the last year. He appeared for the Public schools XI and Lord's Schools at Lord's. As an attractive opening batsman, he assisted Wiltshire from 1920 till the outbreak of the Second World War and was frequently chosen to represent the Minor Counties against touring teams. For many years Headmaster of Winchester Lodge Preparatory School, Torquay, he captained the local club for over 20 seasons.

CARTER, RICHARD DRING, who died on August 24, aged 78, was in the Wellingborough XI before assisting Norfolk as an amateur from 1920 to 1925. His best season was that of 1922 when Norfolk, after heading the Minor Counties' Championship table, lost by eight runs to Buckinghamshire in the challenge match. In that year Carter made 471 runs, average 29.43, and hit his highest innings, 73 not out against Bedfordshire. He was President of the County Club in 1961 and 1962.

CASE, CECIL CHARLES COLES, who died on November 11, aged 74, rendered good service to Somerset as an amateur batsman between 1925 and 1935. Steady but sure, he scored in all 8,574 runs, average 22.04, and held 44 catches. Twice he exceeded 1,000 runs in a season in Championship matches, his best year being that of 1933, when his aggregate reached 1,027. In 1927 at Taunton, when he made 122 against Gloucestershire, he and J. C. White added 235 together, establishing a fifth-wicket record for the county which still holds good. The highest of Case's nine centuries was 155 against Surrey at The Oval in 1931.

COOK WILLIAM THOMAS, who died on September 22, aged 77, had a life-long association, with Surrey cricket. A left-handed batsman of no mean skill, he captained the county's Second Eleven with distinction for many years and for a long time was a member of the Surrey C.C.C. Committee. To him, Surrey should feel specially indebted, for it was he who swayed the Committee to appoint W. S. Surridge as captain of the county in 1952. Under Surridge, Surrey carried off the Championship for five years in succession. Cook's employment as a Civil Servant limited his opportunities for appearance in first-class cricket, but he gained his county cap between the two World Wars when the Surrey batting was immensely strong.

COVENTRY, THE HON. JOHN BONYNGE, who died suddenly on July 4, aged 66, was in the Eton XI in 1920 and 1921, in the latter year scoring 23 runs and taking with slow left-arm bowling seven Harrow wickets for 88 runs. Though he did not get a Blue at Oxford, he played for Worcestershire from 1925 to 1935. He took over the county captaincy midway through the 1929 season, when Major M. F. S. Jewell resigned through ill health, and continued in 1930. His highest innings was 75 against Leicestershire at Kidderminster in 1929. A partner in Tattersalls, the race-horse auctioneers, Coventry was Mayor of Worcester in 1929 and 1930. He served with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War.

CRUTCHELEY, GERALD EDWARD VICTOR, who died on August 16, aged 78, was a capital right-handed batsman. In the Harrow XI in 1908, he did much to win the fixture with Eton by ten wickets, scoring 74 runs and, with outswingers of varying pace, disposing of eight batsmen in the two innings for 46 runs. Though he achieved little as a batsmen on the big occasion the next year, he took seven wickets for 33 runs and enabled Harrow to enjoy the best of a drawn game.

Going up to Oxford, he did not gain a Blue till 1912 and in that year against Cambridge he set up a curious record. Having scored 99 not out, he was found at the end of the day to be suffering from measles and had to withdraw from the match.

Business prevented Crutchley from appearing for Middlesex as often as he would have liked, but he turned out for the county whenever possible from 1910 to 1930. Among his chief feats for them was the scoring of 145 in an opening partnership of 231 with H. W. Lee (243 not out) in two and a quarter hours off the Nottinghamshire bowling at Lord's in 1921, in which season Middlesex carried off the county Championship. He held another distinction, for he was the last man to play cricket during the Canterbury Week and to act at night for the Old Stagers.

A batsman of delightfully free style, specially skilled in driving to the off, he hit 4,069 runs, including five centuries, average 22.23; took 60 wickets for 34.56 runs each and held 53 catches during his first-class career. For five years from 1957 he was President of Middlesex. As a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards during the First World War, he was wounded and held prisoner of war in Germany for almost four years.

DAVID, MAJOR RODNEY FELIX ARMINE, who died in hospital on July 2, aged 62, was in the Wellington XI from 1923 to 1925. He headed the batting averages in his last season when captain and made a few appearances for Glamorgan between that year and 1929.

DAWSON, GILBERT, who died in Paisley on May 21, aged 55, played for Hampshire from 1947 to 1949. Taken ill while umpiring in a club game, he was later found dead in his crashed car. Of Yorkshire birth, Gerry Dawson assisted East Bierley, Windhill and Pudsey St. Lawrence in the Bradford League before coming south, where he did good work as opening batsman for Hampshire. The first of his four centuries for the county was against Yorkshire at Bournemouth in 1947. The highest, 158 not out off the Nottinghamshire bowling at Trent Bridge, came in 1948 when, with 935 runs, average 33.39, he stood second in the batting figures an enjoyed his best season. He was well-known in Scottish cricket circles.

DAY, ARTHUR PERCIVAL, who died on January 22, aged 83, played as an amateur for Kent from 1905 to 1923. In the XI at Malvern from 1901 to 1904, he was captain in the last two seasons. In 1904, with the aid of an innings of 201 not out, he headed the School batting figures with 880 runs, average 67.69. His first summer with Kent was his most successful as a batsman, for he hit a century in each of the two matches with Gloucestershire and reached an aggregate of 1,050 runs, average 35. In 1908, when he scored 118 against Somerset at Taunton, he and E. Humphreys added 248, which remains a record for the Kent seventh wicket.

One of his most remarkable achievements occurred in 1921 when, playing only eight innings for the county, he made 555 runs--including his highest score, 184 not out against Sussex at Tonbridge--for an average of 111.00. An enterprising batsman, he enjoyed the distinction of reaching three figures in fifty-five minutes off the Hampshire bowling at Southampton in 1911. He appeared in three Gentlemen v. Players games, being on the winning side when the Gentlemen triumphed at Lord's by 134 runs in 1914.

In all first-class cricket, Day scored 7,175 runs, including thirteen centuries, average 32.31. Though for some years rarely employed as a bowler by Kent, he took 137 wickets for 26.56 runs each and he held 21 catches. He was the younger brother of S. H. and S. E. Day, also Malvern and Kent cricketers.

DEEDES, GENERAL SIR CHARLES PARKER, who died on March 9, aged 89, did not find a place in the XI while at Winchester, but played for Hertfordshire in 1903 and 1905. In the latter season, with 69 his highest innings, he average 33.50. He also appeared with distinction for Gentlemen of Hertfordshire. He was a former President of the Army Cricket Association. He won the D.S.O. and the Queen's Medal with five clasps in the South African War. From 1933 to 1937 he was Military Secretary to the Secretary of State for War. He served in the First World War and in the Second World War was Commander of the Essex and Suffolk Home Guard.

DEMPSEY, GENERAL SIR MILES CHRISTOPHER, who died on June 5, aged 72, was in the Shrewsbury XI for three years from 1912 to 1914. In the third year, when scoring 662 runs, average 44.13, and taking 23 wickets with slow left-arm bowling for 14.43 runs apiece, he led the School to victory over Uppingham for the first time. He played for Sussex against Northamptonshire in 1919 and later appeared for Berkshire. He served with great distinction in both World Wars and commanded the Second Army in the invasion of Normandy in 1944. Sir Miles was godfather to E. D. R. Eagar, the present Hampshire Secretary.

DOLMAN, ERIC CHARLES, who died on June 6, played for Monmouthshire from 1922 to 1926 and also assisted for Wales.

DOUGLAS-JONES, MAJOR STANLEY DOUGLAS, who died on October 12, aged 83, played cricket for the Army and made occasional appearances for M.C.C. in 1913 and 1914.

EDE, ERNEST ELTON, who died on September 27, aged 71, for some years reported cricket for The Sunday Times.

FRANCIES, THOMAS EGERTON SEYMOUR, who died suddenly in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, on February 24, aged 66, played for Cambridge at both cricket and Rugby football. As a batsman of correct style, he was in the Tonbridge XI from 1919 to 1921, gaining a batting average of 51.50 in the second year and 68.15 in the third. He got his cricket Blue in 1925. He was stand-off-half-back in the University Rugby matches of 1922 and the two following winters, being partner to the famous A. T. Young, and in 1925 figured in the center against Oxford. In the 1925-26 season he earned four International caps for England. From 1921 to 1923 he assisted Somerset as an amateur from time to time and later played cricket in South Africa for Eastern Province.

GALLICHAN, NORMAN M., who died at Taupo, New Zealand, on March 25, aged 62, played in one Test match for New Zealand. A slow left-arm bowler who stood over six feet, he was called upon after the original fourteen players for the 1937 tour of England had been selected, and though he rarely encountered helpful conditions, he took 59 wickets in first-class games for 23.92 runs each. Against Scotland at Glasgow, he earned first-innings figures of six wickets for 46 runs and in the match with Minor Counties at Gainsborough analyses of five for 52 and five for 20. He took part in the second Test with England at Old Trafford, scoring 30 and 2 and taking three wickets. Most of his cricket in New Zealand was for Manawatu in the Hawke Cup competition, in which he dismissed 177 batsmen for 11.59 runs apiece and, as a right-handed batsman, hit 1,409 runs with a highest innings of 142 and an average of 32.76. Though rarely chosen to assist Wellington in Plunket Shield fixtures, he appeared in 1928 for New Zealand against V. Y. Richardson's Australian XI at Auckland.

GOODEN, CECIL PHELIP, who died on November 5, aged 89, was in the Harrow XI in 1899, scoring 26 in a drawn match with Eton. He did not get a Blue while at Cambridge, but later played for Dorset. After service with the Royal Marines in the First World War, he became Bursar of Harrow in 1920.

GOULDSWORTHY, WILLIAM R., who died in February, aged 76, played as an amateur for Gloucestershire between 1921 and 1929. A medium-paced bowler, he took 62 wickets at an average cost of 27.88. Though he generally achieved little as a batsman, he played one memorable innings of 65 not out. That was against Somerset at Bristol in 1923, when he and J. G. Bessant (50) shared a stand of 131 which remains a record for the Gloucestershire last wicket. Despite the efforts of this pair, Somerset triumphed by an innings and 70 runs. Bill Gouldsworthy did much for Packer's team, which he captained.

GRAY, CYRIL DOUGLAS, who died on February 20, aged 73, did not find a place in the XI while at Harrow, but he played as an amateur in fourteen Championship matches for Middlesex between 1925 and 1927. A strong driver whose style was not altogether orthodox, he began his county career with an innings of 79 against Worcestershire at Worcester. His highest score was 81 off the Warwickshire bowling at Lord's in 1927, he and E. H. Hendren (156) adding 214 runs in less than two hours. He was a fine golfer and played for England on a number of occasions.

GREGSON-ELLIS, LIEUT.-COLONEL GUY SAXON, who died in a Banbury hospital on August 12, aged 73, finished the 1913 season second in the Charterhouse batting averages. He later assisted Berkshire.

GUNARY, WILLIAM CHARLES, who died on January 26, aged 73, played in one match for Essex in 1929.

GUNASEKARA. DR. CHURCHILL HECTOR, who died on May 16, aged 74, created a high reputation as a cricketer at Royal College, Colombo, which he captained in 1912. A good all-round sportsman, he also won his colours at Association football and athletics. He went up to Cambridge, where his chances of a Blue disappeared with the outbreak of the First World War. Afterwards he played a number of times for Middlesex in 1919 and when they won the County Championship in the two following years. In 1919 against Essex at Leyton he scored 58 and took five wickets for 90 runs, and in the game with Lancashire at Old Trafford dismissed five men for 15. Returning home after completing his medical studies, he represented Ceylon on twelve occasions, nine of them as captain, and he led Ceylon touring sides in India in 1932 and Malaya in 1938. He also played lawn tennis for Ceylon, carrying off both the singles and doubles Championship.

HEANE, GEORGE FRANK HENRY, who died on October 24, aged 65, was an amateur left-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler for Nottinghamshire. His election to the county captaincy came as something of an echo of the body-line tour D. R. Jardine's M.C.C. team in Australia in 1932-33. At Trent Bridge in 1934 for Nottinghamshire against W. M. Woodfull's Australians, W. Voce, the left-hander, caused a controversy by bowling fast leg-theory to a packed leg-side field, contrary to an agreement by the first-class captains. As a consequence of this, an apology by the Committee to the touring team and several stormy meetings of county members, Heane and S. D. Rhodes were appointed joint captains for 1935. From the following season till 1946, Heane was in sole charge of the team on the field.

He became a prominent member of the side, and in Championship matches he hit 5,587 runs, including seven centuries, the highest of which was 134 against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge in his last season, and took 182 wickets. His most successful season was in 1946, for he obtained 1,530 runs, average 40.26, and took 40 wickets for 34.27 runs each, so that it came as rather a surprise when, without explanation, he was replaced in the captaincy by W. A. Sime in 1947. A veterinary surgeon and farmer by profession, Heane did well for Sir Julien Cahn's XI before first appearing for the county in 1928. After leaving Nottinghamshire, he assisted Lincolnshire.

HEYMANN, WILLIAM GOODALL, who died on November 27, aged 84, was in the Haileybury XI from 1902 to 1904, being captain in the last year. He appeared for Nottinghamshire in 1905.

HOOMAN, CHARLES VICTOR LISLE, who died in a nursing home at Palm Beach, Florida, on November 20, aged 82, was a fine all-round sportsman. In the Charterhouse XI from 1903 to 1906, he was captain in the last year when he headed the batting with an average of 85.71. A splendid batsman, he played for Oxford against Cambridge in 1909 and 1910, being top of the University averages in each season and scoring an attractive 61 in the big match at Lord's in 1910. He also gained his Blue at golf and at rackets. He turned out for Devon before assisting Kent in 1910, scoring 567 runs, average 28.35 in 14 matches and helping in the winning of the County Championship. In 1910, he represented Gentlemen v. Players at Lord's and played golf for England against Scotland. He also appeared for England in the first of the series of Walker Cup matches.

HOWE, RONALD, who died in his sleep on May 30, aged 43, played for Hertfordhsire from 1958 to 1963. In 1959 and 1963, he enjoyed the distinction of scoring the one century obtained for the county. He had been captain of Finchley C.C., for whom he scored many runs.

INGHAM, C. W. ( JACK), who died on December 29, aged 73, was first news editor and then sports editor of the London Star. With Jack Hobbs, he toured Australia on behalf of that newspaper during D. R. Jardine's body-line tour of 1932-33 and India in 1934-35.

IRVING, ROBERT LOCK GRAHAM, who died on April 10, aged 92, was in the Winchester XI 1895 and 1896. From 1909 to 1937 he was a master at Winchester. Intensely keen on mountaineering, he was the author of several books on the subject.

JAYAWARDENA, LEONARD, who died on April 23, aged 67, was the best bowler produced by St. Joseph's College, Colombo, for whom he first played in 1918 when 16 and whom he captained in 1921. A googly bowler, he took 208 wickets in 25 school matches at a cost of 11 runs each.

JONES, WILLIAM TIFFEN, who died in hospital on April 17, aged 69, stood as a Minor Counties' umpire in 1950 and 1951. The following year he was promoted to the first-class list on which he served till 1955. He was a well-known Association football, cricket and hockey player in his native Market Drayton. In the First World War, he gained the Mons Star at the age of 15.

KNELLER, ARTHUR HARRY, who died on July 19, aged 75, was in the Ardingly XI in 1911 before playing in eight matches for Hampshire between 1924 and 1926. For many years afterwards he gained much prominence in Kenya and East Africa. He was for some years Deputy Commissioner of Labour in Kenya.

LESTER, JOHN ASHBY, one of the great figures in American cricket, died on September 3. Born at Penrith, Cumberland on August 1, 1872, he thus reached the age of 97. He was playing cricket at Ackworth, Yorkshire, in 1892 when he met Dr. Sharpless, President of Haverford College, who invited him to the United States. Lester captained Haverford on their first overseas tour, scoring 105 against M.C.C. on his first appearance at Lord's. He was the leading batsman of the Gentlemen of Philadelphia on their tour of England in 1897 when they met the first-class counties, scoring 891 runs, average 37.12. He captained the Philadelphians in 1903 and 1908 on their tours to England. His highest score in first-class cricket was 126 not out for Philadelphians v. Leicestershire in 1903.

He is one of the few American cricketers noticed in Scores & Biographies which said: a watchful batsman who could hit well and had plenty of strokes and strong defence. A biography of him appeared in Cricket for July 23, 1903. He kept up his interest in cricket to the end of his life. In 1952 he was the author of A Century of Philadelphia Cricket, the definitive history of the game in that city. In 1966 he was an honoured guest of the American members of the Forty Club at a dinner at Philadelphia. On that occasion he made an interesting speech recalling that youth needs heroes and that his hero was George Lohmann of Surrey... a great cricketer and a great man. In 1969 he made his final public appearance at a cricket function when the C. C. Morris Library was opened at Haverford. He presented the Library with a pair of gold cuff-links given to him by K. S. Ranjitsinhji. Dr. Lester received his Ph.D. for education from Harvard in 1902 and for many years was head of the English Department at the Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania.--J.I.M.

LORD, ALBERT, who died in March, aged 80 played as a professional batsman and occasional bowler for Leicestershire from 1912 to 1926. He scored 3,809 runs, including one century, took 39 wickets and held 67 catches.

LOVE, H. S. B., who died from a heart attack in Sydney on July 22, aged 73, kept wicket for Victoria and New South Wales. Hammy Love played in one Test against England in 1932-33. W. A. Oldfeild, having been struck on the head by a ball from H. Larwood during the third Test of D. R. Jardine's body-line tour, was unable to take part in the Test at Brisbane and Love acted as deputy. Earlier in the tour, Love, though not chosen even as twelfth man, was permitted by Jardine to keep wicket for New South Wales when Oldfield fell ill, and he stumped two M.C.C. batsmen and caught one.

MACDONALD, JAMES, who died on March 9, aged 63, played for Ireland a both cricket and hockey. He was chairman of the Northern Ireland Youth Advisory Council and for twenty-three years headmaster of Regent House School, New-townards.

MORSE, SYDNEY ARTHUR, who died in a Norwich nursing home on April 19, was in the 1920 Charterhouse XI. He played for Norfolk for a time shortly after the First World War.

NELSON, GUY MONTAGUE BLYTH, who died on January 13, aged 68, was in the Rugby XI in 1918. In 1921 and the following season he played as an amateur for Warwickshire.

PAWSON, ARTHUR CLIVE, who died on August 14, aged 87, was in the Winchester XI in 1899 and 1900 and gained his Blue at Oxford in 1903. He was the elder brother of A. G. Pawson and uncle of H. A. Pawson, both Oxford Blues.

PELHAM, ANTHONY GEORGE, who died on March 9, aged 57, distinguished himself for Eton in 1930, his one year in the XI, when, with skillfully varied medium pace bowling against Harrow at Lord's, he dismissed seven batsmen for 21 runs in the first innings and four for 23 in the second. During that season and the next he played in ten matches for Sussex and in 1933 appeared briefly for Somerset. The following year he got his Blue for Cambridge. He was grandson of the Hon. F. G. Pelham--later the 5th Earl of Chichester--a Cambridge Blue from 1864 to 1867, who also played for Sussex.

PRICE, WILLIAM FREDERICK FRANK, the former Middlesex and England wicket-keeper and Test match umpire, died in hospital on January 12, aged 66. A skilled performer behind the stumps, Fred Price held 648 catches and brought off 316 stumpings during a first-class career extending from 1926 to 1947. In 1937 he set up a record, since equalled but not surpassed, when he took seven catches in the Yorkshire first innings at Lord's.

After the match, a lady approached Price with congratulations upon his feat. I was so thrilled with your performance, Mr. Price, she said, that I nearly fell over the balcony. With, mock gravity, Price responded: If you had, madam, I would have caught you as well!

For so many years contemporary with L. E. G. Ames, 47 times capped for England, Price appeared in only one Test match, against Australia at Headingley in 1938, making two catches in the first innings. Twice he toured abroad, with the Hon. F. S. G. Calthorpe's M.C.C. team in 1929-30, when he was sent to the West Indies as replacement for the injured Major R. T. Stanyforth, and with Sir Theodore Brinckman's side in South America in 1937-38. Price developed into a distinctly useful batsman and often opened the innings for his county. In all he scored 6,666 runs, average 17.35, three times reaching three figures. He narrowly failed to obtain two centuries in the game with Kent at Lord's in 1934, scoring 92 and 107. The previous summer, when he made his highest innings, 111 off the Worcestershire bowling at Dudley, he and E. H. Hendren (301 not out) engaged in a fifth-wicket partnership of 332.

Fearless as an Umpire from 1950 to 1967, Price created a sensation when he three times no-balled G. A. R. Lock, the Surrey and England left-arm slow bowler, for throwing against V. S. Hazare's India touring team at The Oval. In the same season on the same ground when the Yorkshire batsmen, struggling to avoid defeat from Surrey, were being subjected to continuous barracking by the crowd, Price lay on the ground at square-leg till the noise subsided. I did so, he explained afterwards, because three times there were catcalls just as the batsman was about to play the ball. That is not my idea of British sportsmanship and under the Laws of `fair and unfair play', I will not tolerate such things on any ground, Lord's included where I am umpiring. He officiated in eight Test matches.

F. S. Lee, the former Somerset player and Test umpire, who often stood with Price, paid him this tribute: He was very conscientious, a very good umpire and a brilliant wicket-keeper, especially on the leg-side.

PUTTOCK, ERIC C., who died on December 14, aged 69, played as an amateur in four matches for Sussex in 1921.

QUICK, ARCHIE, who died in hospital on September 21, aged 68, was a cricket and football reporter of long standing. At one time on the staff of the Press Association, he was Sports Editor of Army Newspapers for many years till he retired in 1968. He had been chairman of the Sports Writers' Association.

RADCLIFFE, SIR EVERARD JOSEPH REGINALD, Bt., who died on November 23, aged 85, played for Yorkshire from 1909 to 1911. A native of Tiverton, Devon, he was one of only five players born outside Yorkshire who have appeared for the county in the twentieth century. In his first two seasons, he served as joint captain with Lord Hawke, upon whose retirement he took over for one year. He scored altogether 828 runs, average 10.89. He also took two wickets for 67 runs each--though he always claimed that this should have been three. In The history of Yorkshire Cricket, he wrote that he was convinced that he got R. H. Spooner l. b. w. when the England batsman had made 199 of his 200 not out for Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1910!

RAE, ERNEST A., who died after a long illness at Kingston, Jamaica, on June 28, aged 72, toured England with the West Indies team captained by R. K. Nunes in 1928. He was President of Kingston C.C. His son, A. F. Rae, played in 15 Test matches for the West Indies between 1948 and 1952.

REMNANT, ERNEST R., who died on March 18, aged 88, played as a professional for Hampshire from 1908 to 1922, scoring in that time 2,850 runs, average 17.27 taking 170 wickets with left-arm slow bowling at a cost of 27.36 runs apiece and holding 60 catches. His one century was 115 not out against Kent at Southampton in 1911. On seven occasions he dismissed five batsmen in an innings, his best analysis being eight wickets for 61 runs in the first innings of Essex at Colchester in 1921. When his county career ended, he became assistant coach at Harrow. Son of G. H. Remnant, of Chilham, the old Kent player, he was an expert wood carver and his home at Harrow contained a vast amount of paneling executed by him and depicting incidents in the Battle of Hastings.

RICHARDSON, VICTOR YORK, who died on October 29, aged 75, was a noted all-round Australian sportsman for, besides taking part in 19 Test matches between 1924 and 1935, he represented his county at baseball and played for South Australia at Cricket, baseball and golf. He also won a State tennis title, was prominent at lacrosse and basketball and was a first-rate swimmer.

As a cricketer, he attracted most attention by his remarkable fielding, his speed, agility and eminently safe hands making him prominent in any position. In batting, he was noted for forceful methods and during his career he scored 10,714 runs, average 37.59. He hit 27 centuries. He was at his best in driving and hooking. His highest innings was 231 for South Australia, whom he captained for some years, against A. P. F. Chapman's M.C.C. team at Adelaide in 1928; he reached three figures twice in the Sheffield Shield game with New South Wales at Sydney in 1924 and failed by only four runs to repeat the feat off the Queensland bowling at Brisbane in 1930. His biggest Test score was a spectacular 138 against A. E. R. Gilligan's 1924-25 England side at Melbourne, during which he achieved the rare feat of hooking H. Larwood, the Nottinghamshire fast bowler, for six.

Richardson played in all five Test matches of the body-line tour of D. R. Jardine's England team in 1932-33 he (83) and W. M. Woodfull (67) sharing an opening stand of 133 in the fourth Test at Brisbane. He was vice-captain to Woodfull in England in 1930 and led the unbeaten Australian team in South Africa in 1935-36. In both these tours his batting proved something of a disappointment, though he made centuries against Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in 1930.

After retiring from active participation in cricket, Vic became a radio commentator on the game. His partnership on the air with Arthur Gilligan on the occasions of England visits proved immensely popular in Australia.

ROBINSON, EMMOTT, who died on November 17, the day after his 86th birthday, was a noted all-round professional for Yorkshire for 13 years from 1919. In that time he scored 9,444 runs including seven centuries, for the county, average 24.53, and took 892 wickets for 21.97 runs each, a remarkable record considering that his first-class career began at the age of 36. His highest innings was 135 against Leicestershire in 1921 and his best bowling performance in the Roses match at Bradford in 1920, when he took nine Lancashire wickets for 36 runs. Set to get 188 to win, Lancashire appeared assured of success when they began the last day with 44 on the board and all wickets intact, but too great caution against capital bowling by Robinson led to the innings ending for a further 121 runs and Yorkshire snatched victory by 22.

Six times in all, Robinson dismissed six or more batsmen in an innings. Despite his lack of inches, he bowled at a surprising pace, with swerve and nip from the pitch, and he twice achieved the hat-trick--against Sussex at Hull in 1928 and Kent at Gravesend two season later. In 1928 his total of wickets reached 111 and he exceeded 1,000 runs in 1921 and 1929. No more dedicated player ever took the field and Lord Hawke called him a great trier. Besides his batting and bowling prowess, he was a first-rate fieldsman, especially at cover point.

He served as a first-class umpire for the last two seasons before the Second World War and again in 1946. At the special request of the Australians, he stood in the first Test at Trent Bridge in 1938 when his enthusiasm so far outstripped his discretion that, when C. J. Barnett completed 100 from the first ball after lunch on the opening day, he shook hands with the England batsman!

In 1944 Robinson became coach to Yorkshire for two years in succession to G. H. Hirst and in 1947 he took up a similar post with Leicestershire.

(See also Special Memoir by Sir Neville Cardus in Feature Articles.)

ROGERS, STUART SCOTT, who died suddenly on November 6, aged 46, captained Somerset and also acted as secretary from 1950 to 1952. Educated at Highgate, he became captain of the XI. His first season for Somerset, in which he hit 1,030 runs, was his best, but he was generally a useful batsman, strong in driving and pulling. He took 107 not out, the highest innings of his first-class career, off the bowling of A. D. Nourse's South African team at Taunton in 1949 and, in hitting 102 not out against Northamptonshire at Glastonbury in 1952 in H. Gimblett's benefit match, registered his second 50 in half an hour. A Chindit in the Second World War, Rogers assisted Middlesex Club and Ground before joining Somerset.

SENEVIRATNE, ALBERT, who died in February, aged 75, was a stylish, aggressive batsman and brilliant fieldsman for Wesley College, Colombo, for five years, being captain in the last three shortly before the First World War.

SIMS, SIR ARTHUR, who died at East Hoathly, Sussex, on April 27, aged 91, shared with V. T. Trumper against Canterbury at Christchurch in 1913-14 an eighth-wicket partnership of 433 which still stands as a world's record in first-class cricket. Playing for an Australian team which he got together and took on a New Zealand tour, Sims took out his bat for 184 and Trumper scored 293, the second highest innings of his career. Of Lincolnshire birth, Sims was taken to New Zealand when three years old. Returning to England to start a meat-importing business, he frequently turned out for Dr. W. G. Grace's team and upon his last appearance made 127 not out. For many years New Zealand representative at the Imperial Cricket Conference, he was a life member of the M.C.C. and patron of the London New Zealand C.C. He was celebrated philanthropist.

SPICER, PETER A., who was killed in a motor-car accident on August 15, aged 30, played as a left-handed batsman and slow bowler for Essex, taking part in 15 Championship games in 1962 and 1963. He attracted attention when making his debut, his first scoring-stroke in an innings of 80 against Somerset at Taunton being a 6. He had been coaching in the Netherlands in 1969. After leaving Essex, he played with distinction for Wanstead C.C.

STEPHENSON, EDWARD KEPPEL, who died on April 21, aged 78, was at Eton, but did not get into the XI. He played for Norfolk in one season before the First World War.

THAIN, CARYL, who died on September 24, aged 74, was the then President of Surrey County Cricket Club. A former hon. treasurer, he had served on the committee for 40 years. He played in one match for Surrey in 1923, against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

WALLACE, CHARLES I. S., who died on February 9, aged 88, was a devotee of cricket who owned what was reputed to be the finest library of books on the game except for that of the M.C.C. He was fond of relating how he played with Dr. W. G. Grace. In 1904, he was a founder member of Westcombe Park R.F.C., whom he captained.

WATKINS, WING-COMMANDER DOUGLAS H., D.F.C., who died suddenly on March 23, aged 56, was honorary secretary of Devon County C.C., a position he took over in 1968. He was a founder member of Devon Cricket Umpires' Society, of which he was honorary secretary and treasurer.

WATSON, HAROLD, who died on March 14, aged 81, played as a professional fast-medium bowler for Norfolk before and after the First World War. Making his first appearance in 1910, he altogether took 384 wickets, average 17.23. His best season was that of 1922, when he dismissed 59 batsmen for 14.37 runs each, and he helped his county to win the Minor Counties' Championship in 1910 and 1913. He performed the hat-trick against Hertfordshire at Cheshunt in 1920, earning a first-innings analysis of seven wickets for 27 runs. On the ground staff at Lord's he played for M.C.C. and in 1913 enjoyed the distinction of bowling F. E. Woolley, the great Kent and England left-hand batsman, with his first delivery in first-class cricket. Waston was also a useful hard-hitting batsman. He was at one time coach at the R.N.C. Dartmouth, Bishop's Stortford College and Perse School and later served as head porter at Trinity College, Cambridge.

WHATELEY, MAJOR ELLIS GEORGE, who died on September 4, aged 87, was in the Eton XI in 1900 and 1901. In the first year, although he took five wickets for 59 runs in the second innings, he was on the losing side against Harrow, who got home by one wicket. The next season, when he was captain, he played innings of 45 and 40, but again Harrow won, this time by ten wickets. He played for Somerset in 1904 and in later years for Hertfordshire and Middlesex Second XI.

WHITEHEAD, HERBERT HAYDN, who died in April, aged 78, broke the Central Lancashire League record when, as an amateur left-arm spin bowler, he took 123 wickets in a season for Oldham. He later became a professional. In his young days, he assisted Great Horton in the Bradford League and also appeared for Yorkshire Second Eleven.

WILLIAMS, ROBERT HUGH, who was drowned in attempting to save his son from danger while on holiday on August 21, aged 40, was Northern Sports Editor of the Daily Telegraph, for whom he wrote on cricket and football. He previously served with the Hull Daily Mail.

WILSON, COL. FRANK, who died on May, aged 54, was a member of the Sussex C.C.C. Committee and chairman of the Sussex County Cricket Welfare Association.

WINTER, CHARLES H., who died on January 25, aged 78, was one of four first-class wicket-keepers produced by Philadelphia in their first-class days. He toured England with the University of Pennsylvania in 1907, the Gentlemen of Philadelphia in 1908 and with the Pilgrims in 1921. He kept to the bowling of Bart King, P. H. Clark and H. V. Hordern. He played in 14 Internationals for the Unite States against Canada. He was a chemical engineer by profession.

WORSLEY, ARTHUR EDWARD, who died on August 10, aged 86, was in the Malvern XI at the turn of the Century. He played for Northamptonshire before they became a first-class county and in 1905, the year they were elevated to the County Championship competition.

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