1974

Obituaries in 1973

ALLISTON, CYRIL GEORGE PRAT, who died on July 21, aged 81, was in the Repton XI in 1909. He played in one match for Kent in 1922.

BAILY, ROBERT EDWARD HARTWELL, who died on September 19, aged 88, was in the Harrow XI from 1901 to 1904, being captain in the last two years. A wicket-keeper and fair batsman, he played in a few matches for Surrey between 1904 and 1906 and gained a Blue at Cambridge in 1908. From 1939 to 1960, he was County Commissioner of Hereford Boy Scouts. His father, E. P. Baily, was a Cambridge Blue in 1872 and 1874 and also appeared for Middlesex and Somerset.

BARBERY, ALBERT EDWARD, who died on May 23, aged 88, played as a fast-medium bowler for Warwickshire in 1906 and 1907 and was also professional with Leamington C.C. One of the first professional cricketers to play in spectacles, he received a serious injury in World War I which curtailed his active career. He later did well enough as owner of a village bakery to leave £19,000. He was a former President of the Warwickshire Old Players" Association.

BEISIEGEL, AIR COMMODORE WILLIAM KARL, who died suddenly in the Royal Air Force Hospital, Halton, on January 8, was in the Uppingham XI in 1924 and 1925, heading the batting figures each year. In 1925, when he hit 126 not out against Rugby, he obtained 539 runs at an average of 59.88. He was also a splendid fieldsman at cover point. H. S. Altham wrote of him that year in Wisden: In performance Beisiegel stands out head and shoulders over his colleagues. When a Flight-Lieutenant in the R.A.F., for whom he played with considerable success, Beisiegel was called upon to captain Leicestershire in place of A. G. Hazlerigg late in the 1934 season and led them to their first victory-by 58 runs-over Yorkshire for 23 years. H. A. Smith, with six wickets for 39 runs, brought about the cheap dismissal of Yorkshire in the second innings.

BERRIDGE, DR. WILLIAM CLAUDE MORPOTT, who died on February 25, aged 78 was in the Malvern XI from 1912 to 1914, being captain in the last year. From 1914 to 1923 he played as an amateur for Leicestershire in occasional matches, scoring in all 455 runs, average 11.66, and taking 30 wickets at a cost of 28.80 runs apiece.

BLOOMFIELD, H. O. ( Blum), a former Surrey cricketer, died on May 31, aged 82. A noted London club batsman, he scored 107 not out on his debut for the county at Northampton in 1921, but made only one other appearance for them when, in the same season, he hit nine and 53 not out from the Leicestershire bowling at the Oval. He represented Club Cricket Conference and United Banks while playing first for Cox"s Bank, for whom he also gained prominence as an Association footballer, and later for Lloyd"s Bank. He wore spectacles and plimsolls when batting. He was son-in-law of Fred Holland, a famous Surrey player.

BOOSEY, RALPH, who died in Majorca on September 23, aged 80, was in the Charterhouse XI in 1910 and 1911. In 1912 he played for Kent II XI.

BROOKE, THE REV. RICHARD HUBERT JOHN, who died on May 3, aged 63, was in the St. Edward"s School XI before going to Oxford University in 1928. He got his Blue as an opening batsman in 1932 and, including centuries against M.C.C., Lancashire, the South American touring team captained by C. H. Gibson and H. D. G. Leveson Gower"s XI, he scored 800 runs, average 50.00. From 1929 he made many runs for Buckinghamshire. For over 30 years a master at Shrewsbury, he had been Rector of Great Canfield, Essex, since 1969.

BULLER-LEYBORNE-POPHAM, CAPT. ERIC TREMAYNE, who died on August 8, aged 79 was, as E. T. Buller, in the Harrow XI, first as a bowler and later as an all-rounder, from 1911 to 1913. He also played for Devon. While in the Army during the First World War, he was awarded the M.C. and was twice mentioned in despatches.

BYRNE, GEORGE ROBERT, who died in Guernsey on May 28, aged 81, played as an amateur all-rounder for Warwickshire in 1912 and for Worcestershire from 1914 to 1921 when his duties as an Army officer permitted. In his first match for Warwickshire at Edgbaston, he enjoyed a successful spell of right-arm medium-pace bowling. He took wickets with the fourth and sixth deliveries of his opening over and with the first ball of his third over.

CAKOBAU, RATU SIR EDWARD, who died in Suva, Fiji, on June 25, aged 64, played for Auckland and when captain of Fiji against a New Zealand touring team in 1937 he hit a century. He played for various teams when in England in 1946, turning out bare-footed in the native Fiji attire. He was President of the Fiji Cricket Association and was manager of the Fiji Rugby football touring team of 1964. Son of King George of Tonga, he became Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji when the colony was granted independence in 1970.

CARLISLE, FREDERICK MONTAGUE METHVEN, who died on August 13, aged 84, was in the Harrow XI in 1907 and 1908, being on the winning side against Eton each year. He went to Cambridge without gaining a Blue. He was brother of K. M. Carlisle, of Oxford University, and uncle of K. M. Carlisle, who played for Sussex. In the Army in the First World War, he won the M.C.

CAZALET, MAJOR PETER VICTOR FERDINAND, who died on May 29, aged 66, was a fine all-round sportsman. In the XI at Eton as opening batsman in 1925 and 1926, he scored 100 not out against Harrow at Lord"s in the second year, when he headed the averages with 53.66. Quick on his feet, he timed the ball splendidly, especially his on-side strokes, and possessed a sound defence. Though he gained a Blue at Oxford in 1927, he did not reproduce his earlier form. He also represented the University at rackets, lawn tennis and squash. Between 1927 and 1932 he turned out on occasion for Kent. He showed much promise as a steeplechase jockey till a bad fall ended his career in 1938. He then took to National Hunt training and was in charge of the horses of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for 25 years. Of his 1,100 winners, more than 250 wore the Queen Mother"s colours.

He was High Sheriff of Kent in 1960 and in the following year became Deputy-Lieutenant.

DORRELL, GEOFFREY JAMES, who died at his home at Callow End, Worcestershire, on November 28, aged 64, was President and former Chairman of Worcestershire C.C.C. A member of M.C.C., he represented the county on the Test and County Cricket Board.

DRAKE, NORMAN, who died in January, aged 68, was a popular scorer for Hampshire for 18 years. He took over the post in 1955 following his retirement from the Bradford Police Force. A quiet and friendly man with a keen sense of humour, he was always ready to help Pressmen.

DUGGAN, MISS MARY BEATRICE, who died on March 12, aged 48, played for Worcestershire, Yorkshire and England, whom she captained for several years. She toured Australia with the England teams of 1948-49 and 1957-58 before being given the captaincy, retiring after ending her career in 1963 with innings of 101 not out and 32 and bowling figures of seven wickets for 72 runs which helped England to victory by 49 runs over Australia at the Oval and so deciding the Test rubber. She bowled fast-medium left-arm. For ten years before her death she was vice-principal of Dartford (Kent) College of Education. She left £500 to the Women"s Cricket Association to assist in the coaching of young women cricketers.

DUTHIE, COLONEL ARTHUR MURRAY, who died on June 3, aged 91, did not gain a place in the XI at Marlborough, but he played for Hampshire in 1911.

ELLIOTT, HERBERT DENIS EDLESTON, who died on April 26, aged 86, was educated at Newport School, Salop, and in 1913 appeared for Essex.

ELWIN, MALCOLM, who died on October 24, aged 70, was in his younger days a good fast-medium for Oxfordshire and for Devon. He founded the South Oxfordshire Amateurs. He was an eminent biographer and critic and an authority on nineteenth century English literature.

ERSKINE, MAJOR-GENERAL IAN DAVID, who died on July 21, aged 75, was in the Winchester XI in 1915. Among his awards during a distinguished Army career were C.B., C.B.E. and D.S.O.

EVANS, JAMES, who died on August 26, aged 82, played as a professional for Hampshire between 1913 and 1921.

EVERITT, RUSSELL STANLEY, who died in May aged 91, did not find a place in the XI at Malvern, but played occasionally as an amateur right-handed batsman for Worcestershire in 1901 and Warwickshire between 1901 and 1909. He also turned out for Moseley in the Birmingham League and for Richmond, Surrey. He captained Warwickshire against Surrey at the Oval in 1909 when in hitting 38, his highest first-class score, in the second innings, he helped S. P. Kinneir to add 99 for the seventh wicket.

FAIRBAIRN, GORDON ARMITAGE, who died on November 5, aged 81, was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, Geelong, before going up to Cambridge, where he gained his Blue in 1913, 1914 and 1919. In the last year he also played for Middlesex.

FRENCH-BLAKE, LIEUT-COLONEL ARTHUR, who died on October 28, aged 94, did not gain a place in the XI at Eton, but played often afterwards for Free Foresters and in club cricket. He served for years on the Kent County Committee and became President in 1955.

FULCHER, MAJOR ERIC ARTHUR, who died on August 15, played as an opening batsman for Devon for a number of years from 1923.

GIBBONS, HAROLD HARRY IAN, who died in a Worcester hospital after a long illness on February 16, aged 68, was one of the best batsmen of his time who failed to gain a cap for England. Born in Devon, he served on the ground-staff at Lord"s till, seeing little hope of getting a place in the Middlesex team, he qualified for Worcestershire via the Birmingham League. Between 1927 and 1946 he scored 21,087 runs, average 34.34, the highest of his 44 three-figure innings being 212 not out for Worcestershire against Northamptonshire at Dudley in 1939.

His most successful season was that of 1934. Then, with eight centuries-four of them in five successive innings-to his name, he hit 2,654 runs at an average of 52.03, figures unsurpassed by any other Worcestershire batsman. Generally known as Doc-a nickname he earned when he arrived at Worcester at the start of his career carrying his playing attire in a little black bag-he was a batsman of polished style and even temperament with strokes all round the wicket, and an exceptionally good fieldsman. He shared three Worcestershire records which still hold good. Against Kent in 1933 and Glamorgan in 1934, both at Worcester, he and the Nawab of Pataudi hit 274 for the second wicket; he and B. W. Quaife made 277 for the second wicket against Middlesex at Worcester in 1931 and he and R. Howarth added 197 for the seventh wicket against Surrey at the Oval in 1938. Twice in 1934 Gibbons and that equally gifted batsman, C. F. Walters, joined in massive opening partnerships, taking 279 from the Essex bowling at Chelmsford and 278 without being parted against Leicestershire at Worcester.

After the Second World War, Gibbons became a director of a Fleet Street advertising firm. He eventually served as President of the West Midlands Newspaper Advertisers" Association.

GREGORY, JACK MORRISON, died on August 7. (See special memoir in Features section.)

GREGORY, ROBERT JAMES, who died suddenly on October 6, aged 71, was a valuable all-round cricketer wile a professional for Surrey from 1925 to 1947. An attractive batsman, he scored 19,495 runs at an average of 34.32, with leg-break bowling took 437 wickets and held 281 catches. In addition, he had few equals in his day as a deep fieldsman. He reached 1,000 runs in nine seasons. Of his 39 centuries, the highest was 243 against Somerset at the Oval in 1938.

As the playing career of Sir John Hobbs neared its end, Bob Gregory often opened the county innings in his place and in 1934 he scored 2,379 runs, including eight hundreds, average 51.71, following with 2,166 (seven centuries), average 46.08, in 1937. Popular with players and spectators alike, Gregory went to India with D. R. Jardine"s M.C.C. team in 1933-34, and though he did not gain a place in the side for any of the three Test matches, he hit 148 against Bombay presidency. After leaving Surrey, he became secretary of Watney Mann"s Sports Club, a position he filled till his death.

HARTLEY, ALBERT, who died on November 3, aged 66, played for Lightcliffe in the Bradford League between 1925 and 1957, in which time he scored 10,000 runs and took over 1,000 wickets. He was also professional with Nelson in the Lancashire League and Lockwood in the Huddersfield League.

HICKLING, SIDNEY, who died on October 3, was a member of the Leicestershire Committee for over 20 years. In his younger days he played for and sometimes captained the county"s Club and Ground team and was a vice-President of the Leicestershire Cricket Association. He had been Leicestershire honorary treasurer since 1965.

HOLT, SIR STANLEY, who died on October 26, aged 81, was President of Lancashire in 1961-62. He was chairman and founder of Stanley Holt and Son, the whisky exporters.

INGRAM, EDWARD A., who died in a Basingstoke hospital on March 13, aged 62, played for Ireland 48 times between 1928 and 1955, being captain on eight occasions. He scored 1,628 runs, average 20.09, and dismissed 151 batsmen at a cost of 20.11 runs each. He also played for Leinster. His name was always linked in Irish cricket circles with that of J. C. Boucher, with whom he was at Belvedere College and played for Ireland for 25 years. Coming to England, Ingram joined the Ealing Club in 1936 and altogether took over 3,000 wickets for them with varied bowling of impeccable length besides regularly scoring 1,000 runs a season. A great character of Pickwickian girth, he also gained a cap for Middlesex.

IRVINE, COLONEL LEONARD GEORGE, who died suddenly on April 27, aged 67, was in the Taunton School XI before he went up to Cambridge in 1926 and created something of a sensation by taking 11 wickets for 42 runs in the Freshmen"s match. That season for the University he took with slow leg-breaks 52 wickets at an average cost of 19.59. He got his Blue that year and in 1927, when he took part in one match for Kent.

IVERSON, JOHN BRIAN, who died in Melbourne on October 24, aged 58, was an unusual bowler who created something of a sensation during a brief career in Australian cricket. He bowled fast when at school, but took no part in cricket for twelve years afterwards. While on Army service in New Guinea, Big Jack, as he was known, developed a peculiar method of spinning the ball, which he gripped between his thumb and middle finger. This enabled him to bowl a wide variety of deliveries, including off-breaks, leg-breaks and googlies, without any change of action. He first attracted attention in big cricket in 1949-50 when he took 46 wickets for Victoria at an average cost of 16.12. In the following autumn with W. A. Brown"s team in New Zealand, he, in all matches, disposed of 75 batsmen at a cost of seven runs each and in the next Australian season, at the age of 35, he was chosen for his country against the England team captained by F. R. Brown. So perplexing did the visiting batsmen find the bowling of this tall man that in the Test series he obtained 21 wickets for 15.73 runs apiece, including six for 27 in the second innings of the third Test at Sydney. During the fourth Test at Adelaide he suffered an ankle injury when he trod on the ball. He played in only one game in each of the next two seasons and then gave up cricket altogether.

JONES, WILLIAM LESLIE, who died in February, aged 67, was founder secretary of the Midlands Club Cricket Conference, of which he had been President. Since its inception in 1947, membership of the Conference has grown from 70 to 750 clubs. Jones was also Secretary of the National Cricket Association and a member of the Committee of the Warwickshire Supporters" Association.

LEGGAT, JOHN GORDON, who died suddenly in Christchurch on March 10, aged 46, was chairman of the Board of Control of the New Zealand Cricket Council and six days before his death presided at the meeting where the team to visit England last summer was selected. He played nine times for New Zealand as a batsman between 1951 and 1956, touring Pakistan and India in 1955-56. He was manager of the New Zealand team in South Africa in 1961-62 and was a Test team Selector from 1959 to 1965.

LISSETTE, ALLEN F., who died suddenly in Hamilton, N.Z., on January 24, aged 53, played in two Test matches for New Zealand during the 1955-56 tour by the West Indies. A slow left-arm bowler, he assisted the Hamilton and Waikato clubs for many years after the Second World War, in which he served in the R.N.Z.A.F. and was awarded the M.B.E. for work in forming the 7th Squadron of the Air Training Corps in Hamilton. He represented first Auckland and then Northern Districts in the Plunket Shield competition. He played cricket up to the 1972-73 season when he suffered a heart attack during a match in October.

LONGWORTH, TOM, who died at his home at Flixton, Manchester on November 18, aged 86, was a noted sports journalist and a familiar figure at Old Trafford where he reported the game from 1920 to 1972. Then his legs became too tired to carry him up the long flight of stairs to the Press Box.

LOYD, GENERAL SIR HENRY, who died on November 11, aged 82, did not gain a place in the XI at Eton, but in later years played for the Army. He served in both World Wars. During the first he won the D.S.O., the M.C. and the French Croix de Guerre and was three times mentioned in despatches. He was A.D.C. General to King George VI in 1946 and 1947 and after his retirement was made K.C.B. and G.C.V.O.

McVITTIE, CHARLES ARTHUR BLAKE, who died on September 4, was in the Bedford School XI before going up to Cambridge. In 1929 he kept wicket in three matches for the University, but did not get a Blue, and in the same season he assisted Kent against Derbyshire at Dover.

MARSHALL, ALLAN GEORGE, who died on March 14, aged 77, was a noted all-rounder cricketer when in the Taunton School XI for five years. During that time he once scored centuries in following matches, twice took all ten wickets in an innings, became captain and turned out for Somerset. He went up to Cambridge, but the First World War broke out and he joined the Army, being twice wounded. In 1921 he returned to his old school as a master and continued till retiring in 1955. In holiday time he played for Somerset and in 1929 became second wicket-keeper. He appeared for the county till 1931. He also played much club cricket.

MARSHALL, HOWARD PERCIVAL, who died on October 27, 1973, aged 73, earned a place in cricket history as the first man to broadcast reports of the game for the B.B.C. He was an Authentic while at Oxford. His voice was also known to thousands for his descriptions of boxing, Rugby football and events in North Africa and Western Europe, including the D-Day landings. He also wrote cricket and Rugby reports for the Daily Telegraph for some years.

MAXWELL, CECIL R., who died in October, aged 59, made a reputation as a fine wicket-keeper and hard-hitting batsman when in the Brighton College XI from 1929 to 1931. Captain in the last year, he distinguished himself by heading the batting figures with 1,037 runs, including six centuries-the highest was 180 not out against Lancing-average 69.13 and helping in the dismissal of 35 batsmen. He later played occasionally for Nottinghamshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire and twice appeared for Gentlemen v Players at Lord"s. Most of his cricket, however, was with Sir Julien Cahn"s XI, with whom he toured Denmark, North America and Bermuda, Ceylon and Malaya and New Zealand. His biggest innings was remarkable. Against Leicestershire at Nottingham in 1935, he hit 268 out of 398 in three hours ten minutes, registering four 6"s and forty-four 4"s. He and F. C. W. Newman put on 336 in two hours ten minutes for the seventh wicket.

MUBARAK ALI, a prominent cricketer in Kenya, was killed in a car crash on May 20, together with two other members of the Nairobi team, while on the way to play in a match at Kisumu.

NORRIS, OSWALD THOMAS, who died at Tilgate, Sussex, on March 22, aged 89, was for two years captain at Charterhouse-in 1901 and 1902. Going up to Oxford, he was asked to play against Cambridge in his second year, largely on the strength of a fine 87 against Surrey at the Oval, but, being injured just before the match, had to stand down. Next year, 1905, he started well, but struck a bad patch and lost his place. He was thus one of the few who have been given their Blue and never played in"Varsity match. He did, however, captain Oxford at Association football. He was father-in-law of M. J. C. Allom.-R.L.A.

NUGENT, LIEUT-COLONEL LORD (TERENCE EDMUND GASCOIGNE NUGENT), who died on April 27, aged 77, was in the Eton XI in 1913 and 1914. After service with the Irish Guards during the First World War, in which he won the M.C., was wounded and mentioned in despatches, he played a lot of club cricket, much of it for the Household Brigade. He was President of M.C.C. in 1962-63 and became the first holder of that office to visit Australia during the tour of an M.C.C. team there. From 1966 to 1969 he was President of Surrey C.C.C. He gave the address at Sir Pelham Warner"s memorial service. Tim Nugent, as he was generally known, became a K.C.V.O. in 1945, a G.C.V.O. in 1952 and a baron in 1960.

PAYNE, ARNOLD C., who died on February 13, aged 75, served on the Northamptonshire committee for 40 years and was President of the County Club in 1969. He kept wicket in three first-class matches between 1931 and 1933.

PRICE, VINCENT RAMO, who died suddenly on May 29, aged 78, was in the Bishop"s Stortford College XI before going up to Oxford, for whom he played in the University match from 1919 to 1922, being captain in 1921. A fast-medium out-swing bowler, he attracted attention in the first first-class match to be played after the First World War when taking 14 wickets for 112 runs for Oxford against Gentlemen of England, but, lacking accuracy in length, he never again met with anything like this success. He took part in one game for Surrey in 1919. As a Rubgy footballer, he played against Cambridge as full-back in 1919 and as a powerful centre in 1920 and 1921.

RAIKES, LIEUT-COLONEL KENNETH COCHRANE, who died on November 29, aged 84, was in the Shrewsbury XI in 1908. He later played for Monmouthshire.

RAPHAEL, AUBREY CECIL, who died on May 12, was in the Harrow XI in 1925, being top scorer with 54 in the second innings against Eton at Lord"s. In 1928 he and the Hon. C. N. Bruce won the Amateur Rackets Doubles Championships.

RAYNOR, KENNETH, who died at Salisbury, Rhodesia on April 15, aged 86, was in the Ipswich Grammar School XI and afterwards played for Suffolk and, in 1923, for Leicestershire. At Oxford, he was a Harlequin and gained Blues at hockey and Association football.

RHODES, WILFRED, died July 8. (See special memoir in Features section.)

RYDER, ROBERT CECIL, who died on March 21, aged 81, was Secretary of Worcestershire in 1914. As a medium-paced right-arm bowler, he played for Wednesday between 1908 and 1937. In the First World War, he served as a lieutenant in the 4th Gurkha Regiment.

SALTER, MALCOLM GURNEY, who died on June 15, aged 86, was in the Cheltenham XI from 1902 to 1906, being captain in the last three years. He gained a Blue at Oxford in 1909 and 1910 and from 1907 to 1925 appeared for Gloucestershire.

SANDMAN, DONALD McKAY, who died in Christchurch on January 29, aged 84, was one of New Zealand"s most versatile sportsmen. As a good batsmen and leg-break bowler, he played cricket for New Zealand in 1910, 1914 and 1921 and for 17 years assisted Canterbury in the Plunket Shield tournament. He was a half-back in the New Zealand Army Rugby football team which toured South Africa in 1919 and turned out for South Island in 1921. He also excelled at billiards, hockey, badminton, boxing, lawn tennis, bowls and rifle shooting.

SENANAYAKE, DUDLEY SHELTON, who died on April 13, aged 61, was a free-scoring batsman and agile fieldsman when at St. Thomas"s College, Ceylon, where his father, D. S. Senenayake, had also been a member of the cricket team. His father became Ceylon"s first Prime Minister. Going to England, Dudley took part in trials at Cambridge and appeared for Indian Gymkhana. At home, he played for Sinhalese S.C., being a consistent scorer in club cricket. Even when he was Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, he captained Cambridge in the local Oxford v Cambridge match.

SHARP, AUBREY TEMPLE, who died in Leicester after a motor-car accident on February 15, aged 83, played for Leicestershire as an amateur from 1908 to 1934. He scored 5,263 runs, average 25.06, and brought off 61 catches. He turned out in matches during the Second World War when over 50. As captain in 1921, he headed the batting figures with 814 runs, including four of his eight centuries, average 40.70. In 1911 at Chesterfield, he and Major G. H. S. Fowke put on 262 for the sixth wicket-still a record for the county, Sharp playing his highest innings, 216. He was a solicitor.

SHORTLAND, NORMAN ARTHUR, who died on March 14, aged 56, was captain in two of the three years he was in the first team at Stoke School, Coventry. He played as a right-handed batsman for Warwickshire between 1938 and 1950, before the Second World War as a professional and afterwards as an amateur. An England Schoolboy Rugby football International in 1931, he later assisted Nuneaton and Warwickshire. He was a director of Coventry City A.F.C., a good golfer and took a keen interest in boxing. He became chairman of a Coventry firm of haulage contractors.

SNELL, EDWARD, who died on September 6, aged 67, was in the Winchester XI in 1924 and 1925. In the second year, when he headed the batting with 642 runs, average 45.85, he hit 163 against Harrow, he and A. W. Richardson sharing a second wicket partnership of 295. In 1927 and 1928, he made occasional appearances for Sussex. An accomplished squash player, he was several times runner-up in the Amateur Championship.

STANTON, JOHN LOTHIAN, who died on June 27, was in the Marlborough XI before playing in a few matches for Gloucestershire in 1921 and 1922.

STEWART-MORGAN, WILLIAM GUY, who died in a Carmarthen hospital on July 27, aged 65, was in the XI at Christ"s College Brecon, before going up to Cambridge, where he was twelfth man for the University. He appeared for Glamorgan between 1927 and 1938. Better known as a Rugby footballer, he gained prominence as W. G. Morgan, playing against Oxford from 1926 to 1929 and being captain in the last year. As a skilful centre, he also gained eight caps for Wales between 1927 and 1930, and played for Swansea and Guy"s Hospital. His uncle was the legendary Dr. Teddy Morgan.

STRAKER, GRAHAM FREDERICK, who died on September 2, aged 72, was in the Rugby XI from 1917 to 1919, being captain in the last year. He played for Lord"s Schools against The Rest in 1918 and 1919.

TABASSUM PARVEZ, who was killed in a car crash on May 20, together with Mubarak Ali and Zahid Cockar, was a well-known member of the Nairobi team, Sir Ali S.C. The players were on their way to take part in a match at Kisumu.

TAIT, ROBERT G., who died in a Dundee hospital in August, aged 88, was among the best known of Scottish cricketers. He played for Aberdeenshire and Forfarshire and turned out for Scotland on twelve occasions.

TEBBUTT, GEOFFREY, who died in Melbourne on September 3, aged 66, served for a time before the First World War with the Cricket Reporting Agency in London. He covered the 1930 Australian tour of England for the Australian Press Association and represented Reuters on this tour and that of 1934. He was a war correspondent before becoming Reuters" New York editor and was later a feature writer with the Melbourne Herald.

THOMPSON, PERCY, who died in a Birmingham hospital on July 5, aged 81, after collapsing while scoring for Oxford University in the match with Warwickshire at Edgbaston the previous day, was the unofficial manager of the University team and friend of everyone who visited The Parks.

TRUMAN, LESLIE, who died on January 13, aged 52, was Secretary of the Western Australia Cricket Association. At one time he played for West Perth in Grade B cricket and was treasurer of the Australian team who toured England in 1968.

TUDOR, LIEUT-COLONEL ROLAND GRIMSTON, who died on October 11, aged 82, was the Eastbourne College XI before playing for Sussex on occasion between 1912 and 1919.

VAN DER BIJL, PIETER GERHART VINTCENT, who died on February 16, aged 65, played in five Test matches for South Africa in 1938-39. This included the timeless match which, after 10 days, had to be left drawn to enable the Englishmen to catch their liner home. In that game Van der Bijl scored 135 and 97, sharing opening stands of 131 and 191 with A. Melville, his captain, and in the series he hit 460 runs, average 51.11. Educated at Bishop"s, Cape Town, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford and gained a Blue in 1932. Though he did well enough for the University in other games, he failed to come off in the University match.

WHEAT, ARTHUR B., who died on May 20, aged 75, was occasioned with Nottinghamshire County cricket for over half a century, first as wicket-keeper and then as scorer. He joined the staff in 1922 after gaining something of a reputation in the Notts and Derby League with Jacksdale who, during his three seasons with them, won the Championship three times and the Cup twice. He was first choice for Nottinghamshire during the heyday of that celebrated pair of fast bowlers, Larwood and Voce. When his playing career ended in 1947, he became county scorer and held the position for 26 years, in which time he scored for England in every Test match at Trent Bridge. He was the longest serving scorer for a first-class county. This likeable little man went into the mines upon leaving school, spent most of the Second World War years in that occupation and returned underground every winter. In 1972 he received a presentation to mark his 50 years" service to the County Club.

WILLIAMS, MICHAEL B., who died on November 11, was an all-rounder for Pembroke C.C. and played four times for Ireland between 1938 and 1951.

WINROW, HARRY F., who died in South Africa in August, aged 57, played as a left-handed all-rounder for Nottinghamshire from 1946 to 1951. In his first full season, 1947, he enjoyed considerable success, scoring 1,073 runs-including his highest innings, 204 not out against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge-for an average of 44.70 and taking with slow bowling 56 wickets at a cost of 38.42 each. Though he lost form in bowling after that, he remained a very useful batsman for a county then strong in run-getting. In all he obtained 4,769 runs during his brief career. Going to South Africa, he engaged in coaching and became President of the Cricket Umpires" Association. He was also a selector for the Border Cricket Union.

WOOD, ARTHUR, who died on April 2, aged 74, played for Yorkshire from 1927 till 1946 and was first choice as wicket-keeper between 1927 and 1939. He helped in the dismissal of 848 batsmen-603 caught and 245 stumped-and, a useful batsman, scored 8,579 runs for the county at an average of 21.13. His best season as a run-getter was that of 1935 when he hit 1,087, average 36.23, and put together the only century of his career, 123 not out off the Worcestershire bowling at Bramall Lane.

He gained his first Test cap a few days before his 40th birthday and I had something to do with him receiving the honour. While reporting a match at Lord"s, I was sent a message in the Press Box from Sir Pelham Warner, then chairman of the England Selectors, asking me to go to the Pavilion to see him. This I did and Sir Pelham told me that he was worried because Leslie Ames was indisposed and unable to play at the Oval. He asked me if I could recommend a wicket-keeper-batsman as replacement. At once I suggested Wood and, sure enough, he got the place. That was the match against Australia in which Len Hutton hit his record-breaking 364. Wood got 53, but the score had exceeded 500 by the time he went in. Noted for his sense of humour, he said when congratulated upon his batting success: I was always good in a crisis.

Most celebrated of the stories about Wood concerned the game at Sheffield in 1935 when H. B. Cameron, the South African wicket-keeper, punished the Yorkshire and England slow left-arm bowler, H. Verity, for 30 runs in one over. At the end of that over, Wood told Verity: You"ve got him in two minds. He doesn"t know whether to hit you for six or four.-E.E.

WORSLEY, COLONEL SIR WILLIAM ARTHINGTON, BART., who died on December 4, aged 83, was President of Yorkshire C.C.C. since 1960. He was in the Eton XI in 1908 and 1909, being top scorer with 42 against Harrow in the first year and afterwards played much Army and club cricket. He became captain of Yorkshire in 1928 and 1929, and although he achieved little as a batsman-he scored 733 runs at an average of 16.28, the county were only twice beaten under his leadership. When he was President of M.C.C. in 1962, he visited India when E. R. Dexter"s M.C.C. team were touring there. While serving with the Green Howards in the First World War, he was wounded and taken prisoner. His daughter, the Duchess of Kent, conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws upon him at Leeds University in 1967.

WORTHINGTON, THOMAS STANLEY, who died in hospital on September 1, aged 68, while on holiday at King"s Lynn, was a fine all-rounder for Derbyshire between 1924 and 1947. He took part in nine Test matches for England, five of them when a member of G. O. Allen"s team in Australia in 1936-37. He distinguished himself at the Oval in 1938 when scoring 128, he and W. R. Hammond (217) adding 266 and setting up a fourth wicket record against India which still stands.

During his career, Stan Worthington, as he was always known, scored as a firm-hitting right-handed batsman, 19,221 runs, average 29.07; hit 31 centuries-two in the same match against Nottinghamshire at Ilkeston in 1938; with bowling of splendid length at above medium pace, took 682 wickets at a cost of 29.22 runs apiece and held 326 catches.

Unlike several Derbyshire players of his time, he did not begin his working life as a miner. At the age of 17 he became an electrician with the Bolsover Colliery Company and achieved much success for their cricket club in the Bassetlaw League. He did not play for the county with any regularity till 1926, but soon proved his value. He hit a glorious 133 against Essex at Chesterfield in 1928, completing his century in 100 minutes, and in that year he reached 1,000 runs for the first of ten seasons.

When his first-class career ended, he played for Northumberland and in Lancashire League cricket and for ten years served as chief coach of Lancashire.

ZAHID COCKAR, who was killed in a car crash on May 20, was a prominent cricketer for the leading Nairobi team, Sir Ali S.C. Also killed were two other members of the side, Mubarak Ali and Tabassum Parvez. They were on the way to play in a match at Kisumu.


BEFORE 1973

CUFFE, CHARLES R., who died on November 10, 1972, aged 58, kept wicket for Ireland 14 times from 1936 to 1939, holding nine catches and stumping 14 batsmen.

DE SILVA, DANIEL HENRY LAWRENCE, who died on December 4, 1972, aged 73, was a member of the Board of Control in Ceylon and a founder member of the Moratuwa Sports Club. A free-scoring batsman, he held the record of having captained Prince of Wales College for four successive years.

HEWSON, ROBERT, who died in Melbourne in October, 1972, kept wicket for Western Australia between 1924-5 and 1931-2. He appeared in 13 first-class matches and captained his State against the South African touring team in 1931-2.

KANNANGARA, RICHARD LIONEL, who died in Colombo in August, 1972, was a stylish left-handed batsman celebrated for his driving in which he rarely lifted the ball. While at Wesley College, whom he captained in 1917, he hit three centuries and in 1927, as the only Ceylonese included in an Up-Country XI, he took five wickets for 60 runs against A. E. R. Gilligan"s M.C.C. team.

LANIGAN, JOSEPH, who died in Perth, Western Australia, in December, 1972, played as a leg-break bowler for his State just after the first World War. In 1922 against Victoria he scored 64 not out, he and F. Buttsworth, after the fall of nine wickets for 91, sharing a partnership of 154.

NUGAWELA, MAJOR EDWARD A., who died on July 5, 1972, aged 82, was a member of the Royal College XI in 1917 and 1918. He played under the captaincy of L. C. Khoo, the only Burman to play cricket in Ceylon. Nugawela became a member of the State Council and after Independence a Minister of Education in the first Ceylon Parliament.

PERERA, GILBERT GORDON, who died on July 3, 1972, aged 80, was a fine all-round athlete in Ceylon. He represented Royal College at cricket and football from 1910 to 1912, being described as the batting stylist and the best fieldsman in the side. He played with distinction for a number of clubs afterwards and once took nine wickets for 23 runs against the powerful Sinhalese Sports Club.

POLLOCK, WILLIAM, who died on November 24, 1972, aged 86, was generally accepted as the best batsman of his time in Ireland. He would have played for his country more than eight times between 1909 and 1925 had he been available. He scored 405 runs, including 144 against Scotland at Glasgow in 1924, average 31.15. His son, J. S. Pollock, took part in 41 matches for Ireland.

READ, H. M., who died in December, 1972, aged 84, appeared for Ireland in four matches from 1909 to 1912 and toured Canada and the U.S.A. in 1909. He also represented Ireland at tennis and as a scrum-half when at Dublin University won 13 International Rugby football caps between 1910 and 1913.

VANCUYLENBURG, RICHARD, who collapsed and died while playing golf in Melbourne on May 2, 1972, aged 50, was in the Royal College XI, Ceylon in 1942 as a fine left-arm bowler. He became Sports Editor of The Times of Ceylon and broadcast commentaries when touring teams visited Ceylon. From 1952 to 1954 he was honorary Recorder of the Board of Control. He emigrated to Australia in 1957.


CORRECTIONS

JACKSON, ARTHUR KENNETH, included in the 1973 edition, should read JACKSON, ARNOLD KENNETH.

MILLS, JOHN E., the New Zealand left-handed batsman, was incorrectly stated in the 1973 edition to have visited England only once. In fact, he toured England twice, in 1927 and 1931, scoring over 1,000 runs on each occasion.

SOUTHERN, COMMANDER JOHN DUNLOP, R.N., was stated in the 1973 edition to have been in the Marlborough XI in 1916 and 1917. This should have been the Malvern XI.


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