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ADAMS, AIR COMMODORE CYRIL DOUGLAS, OBE, who died in 1988, aged 90, played five times for the RAF in inter-services matches between 1928 and 1932. A right-hand middle-order bat and right-arm fast-medium bowler, he scored 173 runs with an average of 19.22 and a highest innings of 46 not out against the Army, and took eleven wickets at 33.90. He played some county cricket for his native Dorset.
ALDERSON, RALPH, who died on April 4, 1988, aged 67, was a competent right-handed batsman and good enough to be chosen twice for Lancashire in 1948 and 1949. On his second appearance he was deputising for Cyril Washbrook, who was on Test match duty, and made 55 against Kent at Old Trafford. In the same season he made 800 runs at an average of 30 for Lancashire Second XI, thus making a major contribution to their ultimate success in the Minor Counties Championship. After his retirement Alderson umpired at second-class level from 1964 to 1968 and remained a member of the coaching staff at Old Trafford for several years.
ANGUS, THOMAS, died suddenly, aged 53, at Englefield Green, Surrey, on May 14, 1988, during a match, having retired ill after opening the batting for his club side. A right-arm medium-fast bowler, when he joined the groundstaff at Lord's he was one of a crop of young players to whom Middlesex were looking for success in the mid-fifties. Angus played in seven matches for the county, but did not make the grade in spite of good-looking figures; his 23 wickets cost him 15.34 runs apiece. A projected trial for Somerset never took place, and he later played for Durham County and as a much respected professional in league cricket in the north-east.
ARROWSMITH, ROBERT LANGFORD (BOB), who died on October 22, 1988, at the age of 82, made a significant contribution to Wisden Cricketers' Almanack as its principal obituary writer from the 1976 edition until the 1988 edition. For at least ten years before that he was a regular contributor, and he wrote also for various journals and books. His knowledge of cricket was encyclopaedic and catholic; he was not simply a writer who could use his references. Rather, he understood how cricket was played, how it should be played, and those who played it. In some instances he had played alongside those of whom he was writing, not in first-class cricket but for one of a number of clubs, among them MCC, I Zingari, Free Foresters, Band of Brothers, Butterflies, Cryptics and Grasshoppers. A tall, left-handed bat, he was in the Charterhouse XI in 1925 and played for his college, Oriel, in his four years at Oxford. He had a great love of Kent Cricket and wrote a history of the county club as well as histories of I Zingari (with B. J. W. Hill) and the Butterflies. His writing was marked by his language, his wit and a sense of fun; no-one reading him, or meeting him, could describe him as dull. He was, moreover, concerned about the accuracy of what he wrote, not because he was a pedant about accuracy but because he desired it as a virtue. He taught Classics at Lancing from 1929 to 1938 and then until 1965 at Charterhouse, where he was a housemaster from 1950.
BAILEY, JAMES (JIM), died in Southampton on February 9, 1988, aged 79. He played his first match for Hampshire in 1927 and his last in 1952, but in those twenty seasons there were only eight in which he played any considerable part. It is perhaps easiest to consider him separately as a bat and a bowler. As a bowler, he had a highly eccentric career. His batting presents no special problems. It was not until 1931 that he achieved much and then, given a place in the hope of strengthening the batting, he made 922 runs with an average of 19.61. He normally went in first with Arnold, and five times they put up more than 100 together. Arnold was a brilliant right-hander and it might seem that Bailey, an essentially defensive left-hander, was an ideal partner. But, with Mead to follow, the tax on the patience of spectators must have been intolerable. Mead, however slowly he scored, was a great player, a genius, but there was no trace of greatness about Bailey, though one might admire his determination. His one century that season, against Nottinghamshire at Bournemouth, took five hours. In 1932, when he blossomed out as a bowler, his batting average fell to 16.88, but in 1933, when his bowling was a failure, it rose again to 23.66. His highest score then was 106 in three hours against Leicestershire.
At this point he left Hampshire and joined the Lord's staff to qualify for Middlesex. Two years at Lord's showed that he had little prospect there and in 1936 and 1937 he played for Accrington in the Lancashire League. But in 1938, when Mead had retired, Hampshire recalled Bailey to lend solidity to their batting and, playing in a few matches, he was useful without doing anything sensational. In 1939, with 1,329 runs and an average of 32.41, he at least fulfilled expectations as a batsman, and in the first four seasons after the war, in an inexperienced side, his soundness was invaluable. In three of these seasons he made more than 1,000 runs and in 1948 took over a hundred wickets as well, being the first Hampshire player to do the double since 1930; none has done it since.
His slow left-arm bowling first attracted attention in May 1932, when he took seven for 7 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, and for a few weeks it was so deadly that he was top of the first-class averages. On the hard wickets in June and July he fell away so much that he lost his place in the side, but in August he took seven for 83 against Yorkshire at Bournemouth and finished the season with 76 wickets at 21.93. After this, his complete failure as a bowler in 1933 seems inexplicable. By his next full season in 1939, the county already had two slow left-handers in Boyes and Creese but desperately needed an opener, and Bailey was often employed in this role; after all, Blythe for years regularly opened for Kent. However, not unnaturally, Bailey proved expensive, his 44 wickets costing 31.68 runs each. In 1946 he was hampered by a bad leg and could bowl very little; in 1947 he did his full share, but was still expensive. In 1948 he met with astonishing success and was by some considered the best bowler of his type in England. He took 121 wickets at 18.13 apiece, besides making 1,399 runs, and against Leicestershire at Southampton he made 62 and 77 and took eleven for 70. In 1949, though he took 86 wickets, they cost 30.95 runs each. The mystery of his one great bowling season remains unexplained.
Bailey retired at the end of 1949, but reappeared for one match in 1952 without success. In all first-class cricket he scored 9,500 runs with an average of 24.93: he made five hundreds. His 473 wickets cost 27.24 each. In later years he was a very active member of the county committee.
BARTLETT, HUGH TRYON, collapsed and died on June 26, 1988, aged 73, while watching his old county, Sussex, playing in a Refuge Assurance League match, a form of the game in which he would surely have excelled had he been born several generations later. He was arguably the hardest-hitting left-hander to play first-class cricket with appreciable success. His record as a schoolboy was phenomenal. He was in the XI at Dulwich College for a full five years, during which he amassed 2,783 runs at an overall average of 50.60, and he finished his third year as captain in 1933 by making double-centuries against Mill Hill and Bedford. Such feats naturally brought him recognition in a wider field. In 1932 he made 45 and 22 for the Public Schools against the Army on the losing side and in the following year played the decisive innings of 87 in the same match, which after an unpromising start the boys won by 45 runs.
At Cambridge, even though he scored nearly 2,000 runs for the University, averaging just short of 36, he was never quite the dominating figure his admirers hoped he would be. He had always put attack before defence, and at first-class level flaws in his technique were exposed. In his three matches against Oxford, scores of 12 in a total of 400 in 1934, 0 and 24 the following year, and finally 0 as captain in 1936, when he was able to declare at 432 for nine, were a bitter disappointment. These personal failures with the bat, almost certainly to be accounted for by his nervousness and uncertainty as a starter, were to some extent offset by his leadership at Lord's against Oxford, which was rewarded by an eight-wicket victory.
Bartlett had made a few appearances for Surrey before throwing in his lot with Sussex in 1937. Throughout the winter of 1937-38 he worked hard at improving his defence and in cutting out loose shots, and in 1938 he emerged as a much sounder player without any diminution of his attacking powers. In a season of many memorable innings, in which he hit forty sixes, his undefeated 175 at Lord's for the Gentlemen and 157 for Sussex against the Australians at Hove were outstanding. At Lord's his remarkable display, which included four sixes and 24 fours, dwarfed everything else in the match and gained victory for his side by 133 runs. His onslaught on the Australians earned him the Lawrence Trophy for the fastest hundred of the season in 57 minutes. He had made only 4 runs in his first fourteen minutes at the crease before accelerating to his 100. Selection for the MCC tour of South Africa in 1938-39 was richly deserved, but with England so strong in batting Bartlett did not play in any of the five Test matches. He must have chafed at the bit as he watched the funereal proceedings throughout much of that series. In the last pre-war season his Championship average of 33 was some 18 points lower than in the previous year, but 60 for the Gentlemen in their second innings at Lord's was enough to remind the selectors of his ability. He was chosen for the MCC tour of India in the winter of 1939-40, which was cancelled owing to the outbreak of war.
After the war, during which he was awarded the DFC, he played four full seasons for Sussex, succeeding S. C. Griffith as captain in 1947. He largely failed to recapture his best pre-war form, though he did have a Championship aggregate of 1,430 runs in 1947, a year rich in plenty for batsman, and his powers of leadership were fully tested by the weakness of Sussex during this period, especially in bowling. He remained popular with the players, but was unable to produce anything above mediocre results. It was not the happiest period of his career and he resigned the captaincy at the end of the 1949 season, never to play for the county again. Happy relations were restored when he was elected president in 1976.
Bartlett's early development was greatly influenced by Frank Woolley, who appropriately enough, as captain of the Players, was an admiring spectator of his great innings at Lord's, and at school C. S. Marriott gave him much help and advice. Their combined influences produced a player good enough to stand comparison with A. P. F. Chapman as a forcing left-hander in the inter-war years; but whether Bartlett's temperament would have proved a handicap at the highest level is a question he was never given an opportunity to answer. In a first-class career of 217 matches, he made 10,098 runs, including 7,074 for Sussex, at an average of 31.95 with sixteen hundreds. By far his best season was 1938 when he finished fifth in the general averages with 57.33 in 31 innings and an aggregate of 1,548 runs.
BEAN, LESLIE HUGH, who died on January 13, 1988, aged 81, played in three first-class matches for Somerset in 1929 as an amateur. He was something of an all-rounder but did not achieve anything of note. He enjoyed greater success with Dorset.
BILL, OSCAR WENDELL, died at Sydney in May 1988, aged 78. A right-handed batsman, in 1929-30 at the age of nineteen he scored 115 for New South Wales against Tasmania at Sydney on his first-class début. This was the first of six hundreds in a career which embraced 23 appearances for New South Wales to 1934-35 and concluded in 1935-36 with the Maharajah of Patiala's private Australian team in India and Ceylon, when he scored 740 runs. In 1930-31 he hit 153 against Queensland at the Exhibition Ground in Brisbane, his highest score, and at Sydney helped Bradman add 234 in 135 minutes for the fifth wicket against Victoria. His score was exactly 100; Bradman's 220 was his third double-hundred of the season. He had, when MCC played New South Wales at Sydney in 1929-30, appeared as substitute first for the touring team and then for the state side, spending almost four days in the field. In 35 first-class matches, he scored 1,931 runs with an average of 37.86.
BISHOP, LEONARD GEORGE, who died on June 1988, aged 80, was an exceptional batsman in south-east London club cricket in the years before the Second World War. He scored as many as 116 centuries, figures good enough to suggest that he might have been successful in the first-class game. He would have enjoyed dining out on the story that he joined the groundstaff at Lord's in 1934 on the same day as Denis Compton, with whose emerging genius, not to mention the expertise of the young Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, he felt unable to compete. He gave up the unequal struggle after two years.
BOON, MALCOLM KITTSON (MICK), died in Christchurch on July 12, 1988, at the age of 85. A wicket-keeper of considerable skill and a useful right-handed batsman, he appeared eleven times for Canterbury and once for New Zealand, against New South Wales at Lancaster Park in 1923-24. He was bowled by Macartney for 0 and Mailey for 1; his single victim, Hendry, already had 110 in the book when he was caught. When he withdrew from the side for the second match, the young Wellington wicket-keeper, K. C. James, made the first of 61 representative appearances for New Zealand. In 1962, Boon represented New Zealand at bowls at the Commonwealth Games in Perth.
BRAND, JAMES SAMSON, died on January 8, 1988, at the age of 74. He played for Scotland against Ireland in Dublin in his one first-class match in 1939. He had some success behind the stumps, but with just 12 runs in the two innings he made little contribution with the bat to his side's victory by 162 runs. In Scotland's second innings, when they were pressing for runs, he was one of J. C. Boucher's seven victims.
BROWN, SYDNEY MAURICE, who died on December 28, 1987, aged 70, was an attacking opening batsman of considerable flair. He was born within the boundaries of Kent, but crossed the river to play for Middlesex, where his successful start in the Second XI in 1937 was noted with enthusiasm; the county had not had a settled opening pair for some years. In 1938 he made his maiden century, 114 against Lancashire at Old Trafford, finished not far short of 1,000 runs for the season, and was capped. Disappointing form in 1939 was followed by the six-year interruption of his developing career. However, he made his mark in 1946 with two centuries and more than 1,300 runs in the Championship, foreshadowing his greatest year, 1947, when he and Jack Robertson, in pursuance of Walter Robins's aggressive tactics, blazed the trail for Compton and Edrich to follow. This famous quartet made more than 8,000 runs between them in the Championship, which Middlesex won decisively, having been runners-up for the five previous seasons. These were heady days at Lord's and large crowds were in regular attendance. Brown, with 2,078 runs in all matches, was by no means over-shadowed in the continual quest for rapid runs as the platform for success. He shared nine partnerships with Robertson of more than 100, four of which call for special mention. Their 310 together in three and a half hours against Nottinghamshire beat a long-established Middlesex record for the first wicket, and they followed it immediately with 222 against Yorkshire at Lord's. Later the Essex bowlers were scattered to the winds to the tune of 169 in a mere 78 minutes, and their 147 against Northamptonshire helped to clinch the Championship with a victory by the margin of 355 runs.
This sort of thing could hardly be repeated, but the rest of Brown's career was studded with exceptional performances which redeemed periods of comparative failure. The majority of his hundreds were large ones and had a decisive influence on the run of play. His undefeated 150 against Glamorgan at Cardiff in 1948 was a masterly achievement and technically correct, bringing victory by two wickets after five and a quarter hours at the crease. The following season he chose Canterbury as the venue for his first double-century; his 200 was a thoroughly good display spread over five hours and ten minutes and contained 21 fours. In 1951 he enjoyed his second-best season, scoring nearly 1,700 runs with 232 not out against Somerset at Lord's the centrepiece. Brown's successes and Robertson's heavy scoring meant that the Middlesex batting was firing on all four cylinders again. But by 1955 the end was near. He was 37, and although he reached his thousand runs for the ninth time, his season's average was down to 22.57. Perhaps he was right to retire there and then.
Thus ended a period of gallantry and enterprise for Middlesex in which Brown played a full part, often employing a wide range of strokes when at the crease. He preferred to score off the back foot and could hit with considerable power, as when he nearly deposited the unfortunate Buse of Somerset over the Grand Stand at Lord's in the course of his highest innings. His fielding in the deep was outstanding, and he contributed greatly to the entertainment at headquarters, where he remained a popular figure. He enjoyed a sunlit and lucrative benefit match against Sussex in 1953 to which he contributed two fine innings. He made 15,756 runs in his first-class career at an average of 29.17 with 22 hundreds; he held 152 catches and also made two stumpings.
CAESAR, WILLIAM CECIL, who died on April 5, 1988, at the age of 88, made four appearances in first-class cricket as an amateur, the first being for Surrey in 1922, when he was a distinctly quick right-arm bowler. His next three were not until 1946 and all for Somerset. This gap of 24 years between appearances has only once been exceeded. Caesar's best performance with the ball was four for 59 against Leicestershire at Melton Mowbray in his first match for Somerset, and in all he took ten wickets at 25.20 apiece. As a tailender he was unable to make more than a negligible contribution. Caesar was a very fine soccer player, an amateur international, who at one time or another turned out for Darlington, Fulham, Walsall and Brentford.
CARLESS, ERNEST FRANCIS, who died on September 26, 1987, aged 75, played three matches for Glamorgan between 1934 and 1946. He was a useful right-handed batsman, wicket-keeper and an occasional purveyor of off-spin. His highest score of 25 was made in his début against Surrey at Cardiff, but thereafter he had few chances to make his mark. He played for Devon, but became well known in South Wales as a long-serving professional for Barry. A fine soccer player, he appeared for Plymouth Argyle and Cardiff City, for whom he played against Moscow Dynamo on their celebrated tour in the autumn of 1945.
CASTLEDINE, STAFFORD WILLIAM THOMAS, died in Nottingham in June 1988, aged 76. He was a useful right-hand bat and slow left-arm bowler, who played as a professional for Nottinghamshire in five matches in 1933 and 1934. He met with little success in either department.
COOMARASWAMY, SATYENDRA, who died on January 15, 1988, at the age of 68, was the oldest surviving captain of Ceylon. He was an honorary member of MCC. A middle-order batsman and leg-spinner, first for Royal College and later for Tamil Union, he made his début for Ceylon against the 1948 Australians, dismissing Harvey and Hamence with consecutive balls and finishing with four wickets. In 1948-49, against Goddard's West Indians, he scored 6 and 35 in Ceylon's first match and 57 and 41 not out in the second, but his single wicket in the West Indians' two innings cost 164 runs. When Coomaraswamy led his country against the Commonwealth XI, led by Bill Alley, in 1949-50, he had the rare distinction of captaining his country before his club, although later in 1950 he was to lead Tamil Union to the club championship. He had been Ceylon's champion at 100 yards.
COPE, SIDNEY ALFRED, who died at Gravesend on April 14, 1986, at the age of 81, made a single appearance for Kent in 1924. He belonged to that rare breed of fast left-arm bowlers, but failed to make an impression with one wicket for 27 runs in seven overs. He was later given a trial by Warwickshire, whose authorities unfortunately pronounced him to be temperamentally unsuited to a cricket career.
CORNELIUS, BERNARD WILLIAM, who died on October 7, 1987, aged 68, made one Championship appearance for Northamptonshire in 1947, being chosen as a batsman against Leicestershire at Leicester. Northamptonshire won a notable victory by six wickets, their first over Leicestershire for twenty years and one of only two secured during a typically lean season. Cornelius, who was associated with the Northampton Vallence club, saw Dennis Brooks make a fine 210 and was at the wicket when the winning run was made, being 9 not out.
CRAWFORD, CYRIL GORE, who died in Christchurch on June 17, 1988, aged 86, played twelve times for Canterbury between 1923-24 and 1931-32, his best innings for the province being 61 against New South Wales in 1923-24 and 70 against Victoria in 1924-25. A stylish right-hand batsman, noted for his footwork, he went to Australia in 1925-26 with W. R. Patrick's New Zealand side, his best score being 121 in the tourists' 681 in a two-day match against Northern Districts at Maitland, New South Wales. His two first-class appearances, however, produced only 31 runs after an inauspicious beginning against Victoria, hit wicket, bowled Hendry for 0. In the Victorian innings, Hendry hit an unbeaten 325 in 323 minutes, at the time the highest score against a New Zealand representative side. Crawford later played a major part in cricket administration and was a life member of the Canterbury Cricket Association. He was also a representative rugby referee.
DARASHAH, SAFI, died at Bangalore on April 2, 1988, at the age of 85. A vibrant, always meticulously dressed man who radiated cheer on and off the field, he had considerable influence in moulding cricketers in Mysore state. He captained Mysore (now Karnataka) in ten matches and took them to the final of the Ranji Trophy in 1941-42. In 1939-40, he played for the Parsees in the Bombay Pentangular Tournament. A middle-order batsman and bowler of medium-pace off-cutters, to deliver which he literally danced the few steps to the crease, he scored 1,353 runs and took 59 wickets, average 22.93, in the Ranji Trophy.
ELLIS, STANLEY, who died on February 14, 1987, at Blackburn, was a left-handed batsman and an off-spinner. He was given five games in the Championship in 1923 by Lancashire, one of the most formidable teams of those days, and at the end of the season headed their bowling averages with eleven wickets from 36.2 overs at an average of 8.09. Against Gloucestershire at Old Trafford he had match figures of six for 38. In the following season, in a further three matches, he was much less successful and failed to establish himself. However, between 1929 and 1937 he made a considerable reputation for himself in the north-east, taking 294 wickets for Durham County in 68 matches. At the time of his death, at the age of Ellis, whose father and brother, Walker, had both played for the county, was the oldest surviving Lancashire player.
ETHERIDGE, ROBERT JAMES (BOBBY), died suddenly at Gloucester on April 4, 1988, aged 54. An excellent natural wicket-keeper and an aggressive middle-order batsman, he made 39 appearances for Gloucestershire between 1955 and 1966, failing to gain a regular place in the county side only because of the consistency of Barrie Meyer. Etheridge was also a professional footballer of distinction who played more than 300 times for Bristol City, and had he not accepted a football engagement at the beginning of the 1957 season, he might well have made the No.1 wicket-keeping spot his own. He was to regret this decision and always hankered after regular first-class cricket. However, he found some consolation in many feats of heavy scoring for Gloucester City at club level. Good enough to be chosen occasionally as a batsman, he made 796 first-class runs at an average of 15.92 with 48 against Essex at Bristol in 1964 as his highest score. He also made 33 catches and eight stumpings.
FAIRBAIRN, SIR ROBERT DUNCAN, who died on March 26, 1988, aged 77, was a good enough batsman to represent Scotland against Yorkshire in 1938. He also appeared for the Europeans against the Parsees in the Bombay Pentangular tournament of 1944-45. He was a notable footballer, playing as an amateur for St. Johnstone, Patrick Thistle, Queen's Park and the Corinthian-Casuals. Chairman of the Clydesdale Bank from 1975 to 1985, he was Knighted in 1985.
FERNANDO, DR C. D. L., who died in Kandy in September 1987, was a great benefactor of sports in Sri Lanka. A good opening fast bowler, he represented Colombo University and the Kandy District Cricket Association, playing with some success for the latter against visiting teams. He was part-time manager of the Sri Lankan Test Team in 1983-84 when the New Zealanders were on the island.
FLEMING, IAN DOUGLAS KEITH, died on July 4, 1988, aged 79. A forcing right-hand bat, he formed a fine opening partnership with P. G. T. Kingsley in the Winchester XIs of 1926 and 1927. In 1926 they opened the batting for the Public Schools XV against Woodfull's Australians. Fleming scored 11. His greatest triumphs were in 1927, when Winchester were unbeaten and he hit 109 against Charterhouse, 210 in 200 minutes against Eton and a more circumspect 110 in 3 hours and 40 minutes for the Schools against the Army at Lord's, before going on to score more than 1,000 runs in good club cricket after term. A player who watched the ball come on to the bat, he drove and hooked powerfully and there were 22 fours and a six in his double-hundred, the highest score in this match since J. L. Guise's 278 for Winchester in 1921. Instead of going up to university he began his career and was not seen in first-class cricket until 1934 when, taking some holiday, he appeared three times for Kent. The first of these games was against Essex at Brentwood at the end of May. He did not get in until Kent were 707 for four, Ashdown having scored his record 332 and Woolley 172, but Ames was still there, and while scoring an unbeaten 42 himself Fleming saw him reach his double hundred. At this point, Chapman declared at 803 for four, the county's record score. He met with little success in his next two games but later that season scored 66 for Leveson Gower's XI against Oxford at Reigate. He played in the same match the following season, and while this was the sum of his first-class cricket, he continued to score a lot of runs in club cricket, making a valuable contribution to the Band of Brothers. In his five first-class matches he scored 183 runs with an average of 30.50.
FORDHAM, CYRIL BERNARD, who died on April 22, 1988, aged 81, played in five first-class matches for representative Minor Counties XIs in the years from 1931 to 1937. In 1933 he distinguished himself with a century in each innings against Oxford University, his scores being 140 and 100 not out. This exceptional feat was largely responsible for his first-class average of 51.75 from a total of 414 runs. Fordham played regularly for Hertfordshire in the Minor Counties Championship from 1925 until the outbreak of war, enjoying great success with the bat and scoring almost 6,000 runs with an average not far short of 33. His off spinners brought him nearly 230 wickets at 17 apiece. Like C. H. Titchmarsh and P. G. T. Kingsley, two other Hertfordshire stalwarts in the inter-war years, he was a good enough player to have made his mark in the first-class game.
FULLWOOD, WALTER, who died in January 1988 at the age of 80, kept wicket for Derbyshire in six matches in 1946 before giving way in mid-season to Denis Smith, the county's leading batsman. Fullwood was perhaps being too severely tested by Copson, Gladwin and the leg-spinner, Rhodes, to make the job his own. However, he took five catches and made one stumping as well as scoring 41 runs for an average of 4.55. He later played as a professional for Highgate.
GAEKWAD, LT-COLONEL FATESINGRAO, who died in Bombay on September 1, 1988, at the age of 58, was as the Maharajah of Baroda a popular manager of the Indian touring team to England in 1959. Later he managed the Indian teams to Pakistan in 1978-79 and 1982-83, by which time the Indian royal families had lost their titles by government edict. A right-hand batsman of some style, and there was considerable style in all Jackie Baroda did, he first appeared as a sixteen year old for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy in 1946-47 and continued in the side until 1957-58, for four years as captain, scoring 624 runs at an average of 22.28. His highest innings, 99, came in his début season and helped Baroda defeat Hyderabad in the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy. They went on to win the final, thanks to the world record partnership of 577 between Gul and V. S. Hazare for the fourth wicket. He was president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 1963-64 to 1965-66 and an honorary life member of MCC. A man of wit, humour and great personal wealth, he was a member of parliament in India from 1962 to 1967 and did much for the World Wildlife Fund. Radio listeners in Britain and beyond came to know him as a member of the BBC commentary team.
GARLICK, RICHARD GORDON, who died at Blackpool on May 16, 1988, aged 71, made an impact for the first time at Old Trafford in 1938. His off-breaks at not much below medium pace produced 41 wickets for the Second XI and thirteen for the senior team. Aggressive lower-order batting and sharp fielding added to his value as a promising young professional at a time when Lancashire were very much in the shadow of their rivals across the Pennines. He maintained his progress in 1939 before the war interrupted his career for six years. The return of first-class cricket in 1946 found Garlick not completely assured of a place in the Championship side, but with 52 wickets at under 20 apiece he had not lost ground. However, in 1947 he did not make the most of his opportunities and that winter he was released from Old Trafford in company with Albert Nutter and Norman Oldfield to join the struggling Northamptonshire side. The three new recruits were unable to lift the morale of the Midland county. Years of continuous failure had left their mark. Of the three, Garlick was the least successful, but salvation was not far below the horizon in the form of the redoubtable F. R. Brown, who was offered and accepted the captaincy for 1949. Brown's positive approach and dynamic leadership were a tonic to all concerned and Garlick's reaction to the new atmosphere of confidence and self-belief was a revelation. Feeling that his efforts were appreciated, he responded with a haul of 73 wickets in the Championship, his off-breaks nicely complementing his captain's leg-spinners. In the course of Northamptonshire's best season since 1913, Garlick had several splendid matches, earning praise for his clever spin bowling. The following year he did even better with 84 Championship wickets at a reasonable cost and seemed to be on the verge of great things for his new county, when he decided to move into league cricket. His loss was greatly regretted by supporters of the club, appreciative of the contribution he had made towards such a spectacular revival. In a total of 121 first-class matches (44 for Lancashire and 77 for Northamptonshire) he took 332 wickets for an average of 26.11, with six for 27 against Derbyshire at Buxton in 1946 his best effort. His forthright methods with the bat brought him 1,664 runs for the useful average of 13.86.
GEMMILL, WILLIAM NELSON (WILLIE), who died on September 18, 1987, aged 87, was one of that determined group of amateur cricketers who saw Glamorgan attain first-class status in 1921. When MCC were beaten by ten wickets at Swansea in 1920, as Glamorgan were establishing their credentials, the second-innings runs were scored by Colonel Arthur O'Bree, who was born at Poona, India, and Gemmill, who was born on the South-West Pacific island of New Caledonia and later educated at King's School, Taunton. A right-hand batsman, somewhat inconsistent perhaps, Gemmill scored 1,243 runs at 14.28 in his 48 first-class matches for the county, with a highest score of 77 against Sussex at Hove in 1922.
HARRINGTON, WILLIAM JOHN ROY, who was on the groundstaff at Lord's after the Second World War, died on January 24, 1988, at the age of 72. As a right-arm fast-medium bowler, he made nine appearances for Middlesex in 1946 and 1948 and three for MCC before disappearing from the scene in 1951. Considering that his nine wickets in 1946 were obtained at a little more than 13 apiece, with six for 57 against Yorkshire at Bramall Lane his best performance, Harrington must have been disappointed not to have made further progress, especially at Middlesex were short of openers at the time. After retiring from the first-class game, he coached at the now extinct Beaumont Catholic School. His sixteen wickets cost 23.50 and his efforts as an aggressive tailender brought him his 143 runs, including an innings of 45 against Oxford in The Parks.
HENDRY, HUNTER SCOTT THOMAS LAURIE, who died on December 16, 1988, aged 93, was at the time of his death the oldest surviving Test and Sheffield Shield cricketer. He first played for Australia at Trent Bridge in 1921, several days after his 26th birthday, and between then and 1928-29 he played in eleven Tests without ever doing full justice to his natural all-round ability. He scored 335 runs with an average of 20.93 and took sixteen wickets at 40.00, but it needs saying that, given the strength of some of the Australian sides in which he appeared, he was almost surplus to requirements. Circumstances as much as any personal failing led to his disappointing Test match figures.
A 6ft 2in tall right-hand bat and fast-medium swing bowler, he went straight from Sydney Grammar School into first grade cricket, where his gangling build, especially his long legs, quickly earned him the sobriquet Stork from M. A. Noble, who as a young man had not been of such a different physique himself. Hendry made full use of his height, reaching into the drive or powerfully cutting and hooking the rising ball. His long arms made him an awkward bowler to judge, and he was an outstanding fielder. His combination with Gregory in the slips on the 1921 tour of England was described as beyond praise.
When Sheffield Shield cricket resumed in 1919-20, Hendry had already established a place in the New South Wales side and he played 38 times and hit three hundreds for the state before moving to Melbourne and taking up a position at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, succeeding Warwick Armstrong as pavilion clerk (ground secretary) of the Melbourne Cricket Club. In 1925-26, his second season for Victoria, he hit 325 not out in 323 minutes against the visiting New Zealanders, sharing partnerships of 204 in 118 minutes for the sixth wicket with Lansdown (51) and 110 in 63 minutes for the seventh with Liddicut (47) in a total of 592 for seven declared. This was easily the highest of his fourteen hundreds, ten of which were scored in Shield matches, and by way of coincidence it meant that his best batting and bowling performances were against New Zealand representative sides. In Wellington in 1923-24, he had taken eight for 33 for New South Wales as New Zealand were bowled out for 89 on a soft wicket.
Hendry's single hundred for Australia, 112, came at the end of his Test career, at Sydney in the Second Test of the 1928-29 series against England. He and Woodfull put on 215 for the second wicket and it is of interest perhaps that he was batting first wicket down, his preferred place in the order. So often for Australia he had to bat much lower. However, he did little at No. 3 in the next two Tests, when he also opened the bowling, and he was omitted from the side for the final Test. He had been unfortunate when he toured England a second time in 1926 to contract scarlet fever and miss all the Test matches, for his scores suggested good form. He began the tour with 71 against Essex and 68 against Surrey, and after his return to the team in August, having been ill since May, he hit 81 in 80 minutes against an England XI at Folkestone. His first-class career finished on a tour to India with Ryder's team for the Maharajah of Patiala in 1935-36. In his 140 matches between 1918-19 and then, he scored 6,799 runs at 37.56, took 229 wickets at 29.02 and held 151 catches.
HEVER, NORMAN GEORGE, who died in Oxford on September 11, 1987, aged 62, was born within hailing distance of Lord's and joined the groundstaff there soon after the Second World War, hoping, no doubt, to develop his early promise as a new-ball bowler. The omens were favourable. Middlesex, so strong in batting, were in need of an opening attack and, given his chance against Hampshire at Lord's in 1947, Hever made an immediate impression with match figures of eight for 72. He seemed to be the man of the moment, but it was not to be. Doubts about his slight frame and lack of inches led to his release to Glamorgan, where in 1948 he was soon to find himself caught up in the tremendous enthusiasm generated by their challenge for the title. Used sparingly and in short bursts by his perceptive captain, Wilfred Wooller, he responded by taking 84 wickets (77 of them in the Championship) at a little over 17 apiece. Wooller had every detail worked out and every move carefully planned in the course of that memorable campaign. Every player knew precisely the part he had to play. Hever's was to strike at the heart of the opposition as economically as possible; and so well was he managed that he was called upon only for some 560 overs. Although 1949 was a much drier summer, and Glamorgan slipped to eighth in the Championship table, Hever did not wilt, finishing with 71 wickets in all matches, though at a higher cost than in the previous year. An analysis of six for 61 against Yorkshire at Newport, with a spell of four for 23 with the second new ball, was his best effort.
In 1951 he produced some impressive pace bowling with five for 65 against Essex, and in the following season seven for 55 against Hampshire became the best performance of his career. By this time, in spite of careful handling, the strain was beginning to tell and he retired from first-class cricket in 1953, having taken 333 wickets for an average of 23.72. His tail-end batting was seldom a telling factor and he fell some way short of a career aggregate of 1,000 runs. He was capped by Glamorgan in 1948, and the next year he appeared in a Test trial, but perhaps his most unusual feat was to have appeared for different Championship-winning counties in successive seasons. After playing for some years as a club professional in Wales, Hever became Northamptonshire's groundsman in 1962, staying there until 1973. He won the Groundsman of the Year award in 1964.
HEWAN, GETHYN ELLIOT, who died on July 1, 1988, at the age of 71, was headmaster of Cranbrook School, Sydney from 1951 to 1963 and, on returning to England, head of Allhallows School, Rousdon from 1965 to 1974 after teaching for a few terms at Winchester. A very talented all-round games player, he won a double Blue at Cambridge for hockey and cricket, being captain of hockey in 1938, the year of his only appearance in the University cricket match at Lord's.
He learnt much of his cricket at Marlborough, where he was a member of the XI from 1933 to 1935 and captain in the last two years. In 1935, by when he had become a dominating and aggressive opener and a much improved bowler of slow off-breaks, his scores of 205 against Free Foresters, 178 against Wellington and finally 176 and 98 against Rugby at Lord's were of Bradmanesque proportions. His aggregate of 274 in the big match is generally considered to be one of the finest schoolboy batting achievements of the inter-war years. All seemed set fair for a Blue as a Freshman, but Hewan was to suffer two years of frustration and disappointment, ironically being awarded a Blue for his bowling in a year when Cambridge were exceptionally weak in this department. His analysis of 36.5-7-91-6 in Oxford's first innings suggests he was treated perhaps with exaggerated respect, for when the chance to win the match for Cambridge came his way during the last afternoon, he was unable to produce bowling of sufficient penetration. A lively innings of 35 at No. 8 helped to give his side the initiative in a match which was eventually spoilt by the weather.
Hewan served in the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse artillery during the war and was mentioned in dispatches. By this time his golf had taken over from his cricket and he was Danish Amateur Champion in 1950. In 1965, after his return from Australia, he reached the final of the President's Putter, an exceptional achievement for a man of 48 in January in a field bristling with undergraduates. Many of his pupils will recall with delight his skill as a conjuror and his prowess at billiards. In his one short season of first-class cricket, he made 187 runs for Cambridge at an average of 20.77 with a highest score of 88 against Hampshire at Southampton. He took 20 wickets at 36.25 apiece.
HILL-WOOD, CHARLES KERRISON HILL, who died on September 21, 1988, aged 81, was the last survivor of the four brothers who played for Eton and Derbyshire and variously at Oxford or Cambridge, although only three of them won Blues. Their father, as S. H. Wood, captained Derbyshire at the turn of the century. After two years in the Eton XI, Charles Hill-Wood did little in the Freshman's match in 1927 to displace any of the previous year's bowlers still in residence, but in 1928 he was bowling with appreciable pace and went into the University Match having taken 38 wickets. Left-arm and fast-medium, he bowled with a quite individual action, almost coming off the wrong foot, it seemed, and he made the ball swing into the right-hander. However, he could also cut it away to the slips, and when supported by his field he took a number of wickets this way. At Lord's, he opened the bowling against Cambridge and his brother, Denis, opened the batting; but while his six wickets for 79 in the first innings gave Oxford the chance to keep on equal terms on the first two days, it was his defiant batting on the third evening which saved the match for his side. An hour and three quarter's play remained and Cambridge were seeking the last three Oxford wickets when Hill-Wood, out first ball in the first innings, joined H. M. Garland-Wells. There was still half an hour to go when the last man, Benson, came in, and at seven minutes to seven Hill-Wood, who throughout had played only those balls he had to, survived a high chance to short leg. A few minutes later, the match was safely drawn.
Going to play for Derbyshire, he took 21 Championship wickets at 32 each, and in 1929 he looked a much better bowler. Though he disappointed against Cambridge, when his two wickets cost 174 runs, he took 51 wickets at 25.33 for Oxford, including a career-best performance against Northamptonshire at Kettering. After the University had scored 380, with Aidan Crawley hitting 204, he and E. M. Wellings bowled out the county for 76 in less than 22 overs, Hill-Wood taking six for 24 in his eleven overs. When Northamptonshire followed on, he took seven for 68 in 22.5 overs and Oxford won by an innings and 121 runs. In his eight games for Derbyshire that season he scored 206 runs, proving useful as a lower-order right-hand bat, and took twelve wickets at 34.33. His 37 wickets for Oxford in 1930 cost 33.54, and at Lord's he suffered from poor catching in the Cambridge second innings after his three wickets and then 47 runs had secured for Oxford a small first-innings lead. In their second innings, Oxford were bowled out for 101, leaving Cambridge the winners by 205 runs, an amazing volte-face and recompense perhaps for being thwarted by Hill-Wood two years earlier. He played no regular first-class cricket after this. In his 58 first-class matches, the last of which was for the Europeans against the Muslims in the Bombay Quadrangular Tournament of 1935-36, he took 185 wickets at 29.98 and scored 1,256 runs at 19.62.
HODGKINS, JOHN SEYMOUR, died on August 16, 1988, at the age of 72. An attacking right-hand bat and right-arm fast bowler in club cricket in Nottingham, in 1938 he was called up by the county when Jepson was injured to play against Lancashire at Trent Bridge. He took one wicket, that of Oldfield, for 62 runs and scored 1 and 0. He was more fortunate when invited to play against Yorkshire in Jepson's benefit match in 1951. Coming to the wicket immediately upon Trueman's hat-trick, and Nottinghamshire having lost their first six wickets for 18, he scored 34 before becoming the seventh of Trueman's eight wickets. In the second innings he scored 27, having conceded 107 runs for one wicket in a Yorkshire innings of 377 for five declared; Hutton 194 not out. In his only other first-class match, against Surrey at Trent Bridge in 1946, he scored 44. Precluded by a hearing difficulty from military service, he had played regularly for the county in wartime cricket and taken hat-tricks against Kent and RAF XIs.
HOLLINGS, ALFRED MAURICE, who died in Wellington on March 5, 1988, aged 81, played seven times for the province as an all-rounder between 1926-27 and 1930-31. He scored 330 runs at 30.00, in two successive innings scoring 65 not out, his best score, and took five wickets for 45.00.
HORSLEY, RUPERT HARRY, who died on March 5, 1988, was a member of the Winchester XI before going up to Oxford in 1924, winning his colours as a right-hand middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. He did not play in the Freshmen's match, but made 57 not out as a Senior in 1926 in a good innings in which he drove finely. In the following year he played in three matches for the University, substituting for G. E. B. Abell, a wicket-keeper of exceptional ability, whom he had no real chance of replacing in the team for Lord's. However, he made a good impression with nine catches and one stumping, and with a top score of 25 he totalled 78 runs for an average of 19.50. Horsley, whose father played for Durham and W. G. Grace's London County team, was 82 at the time of his death.
JACKMAN, CHARLES KEITH QUENTIN, who died in Auckland on February 23, 1988, aged 82, was a talented wicket-keeper for Canterbury and Auckland who in sixteen first-class matches claimed 48 dismissals. In 1935-36, playing for Canterbury against Wellington, he set a New Zealand record with four stumpings in an innings and seven in the match, six coming off the bowling of the Test leg-spinner, Bill Merritt. His season's tally of thirteen stumpings included the third-over dismissal of Jim Parks off the medium-pace bowling of E. D. Blundell in the second of two appearances for a New Zealand side against E. R. T. Holmes's MCC tourists.
JAHANGIR KHAN, DR MOHAMMAD, who died in Lahore on July 23, 1988, aged 78, played four Test matches for India in the 1930s and, after Partition, made an important contribution as a player, administrator and selector to the development of cricket in Pakistan. His son, Majid, captained Pakistan, as did his nephews, Javed Burki and Imran Khan. All three emulated him in gaining Blues; Majid like his father at Cambridge, his cousins at Oxford. An elder son, Asad, won his Blue at Oxford.
A medium-fast bowler and attacking right-hand bat, Jahangir Khan made a spectacular entry into first-class cricket at Lawrence Gardens, Lahore in March 1929, scoring 108 and then taking two for 25 and seven for 42 as the Muslims beat the Hindus by an innings and 88 runs. In his second game, also in that Lahore Tournament, opening the bowling against the Europeans he took ten wickets (six for 49 and four for 48) as the Muslims won by an innings and 74 runs. He was not called on to bat. His début in Test cricket, if not as dramatic, did not pass unnoticed. At Lord's in 1932, in India's inaugural Test, he dismissed Holmes, Woolley, Hammond and Paynter in the second innings while conceding just 60 runs from 30 overs. He had not taken a wicket in the first innings. In the first-class matches on the tour, he scored 448 runs at 19.47 and took 53 wickets at 29.05, bowling from an economical approach with a side-on action and somewhat slinging delivery which allowed him to vary his pace and at times produce an unexpected quicker ball. He was then 22, and it goes without saying that he was a great asset to Cambridge in the four years after going up that autumn. He played at Lord's against Oxford from 1933 to 1936 and was prominent in the convincing Cambridge wins of his last two years, capturing six wickets in 1935 and again in 1936. Equally important, his accuracy and stamina enabled him to tie down the opposing batsmen for long periods. Later in 1936 he joined up with the Indian touring side and played in all three Tests but with little influence on their fortunes. He did not take a wicket and two innings of 13 at Lord's were his best with the bat. Outside the Tests he took 40 wickets at 21.90 and scored 276 runs at 17.25.
It was in 1936 also that there occurred the sparrow incident with which his name has become associated. Playing for Cambridge against MCC at Lord's, he was bowling to T. N. Pearce, who had just played a defensive push when it was noticed that the bails had been dislodged. It was then that a dead sparrow was found beside the stumps. The unfortunate bird was stuffed and subsequently displayed in the Memorial Gallery at Lord's; but while legend has it that the sparrow was struck by the ball in flight, it is thought no-one actually saw this happen.
While at Cambridge, Jahangir was invited in 1933 and 1934 to represent the Gentlemen against the Players at Folkestone and he also appeared for MCC. From 1940-41 to 1945-46 he played for Northern India, as captain in the first two seasons, and after Partition for Punjab from 1951-52 to 1955-56, by when he was 46. In 111 first-class matches he scored 3,319 runs with an average of 22.12 and four hundreds, took 326 wickets at 25.06 and held 79 catches. His highest score was 133 for Cambridge against Nottinghamshire at Fenner's in 1936 and his best bowling eight for 33 for the Muslims against the Europeans at Lahore in 1929-30.
JUDD, ARTHUR KENNETH (PETER), who died on February 15, 1988, aged 84, gained a Blue at Cambridge in 1927 without having achieved anything of note as a boy at St. Paul's and played for Hampshire between 1925 and 1935, when he accepted a posting in Nigeria. In 1926, having played twice for Hampshire the previous season, he made 119 against Warwickshire at Portsmouth, the first of his two first-class hundreds, and other useful performances gave him an aggregate of 341 runs at an average of just over 20, figures which were certain to bring him into the reckoning for an extended trial at Cambridge in 1927. He had played in the Freshmen's match without success as a batsman, going in late, but achieved an analysis of 20-7-55-4 with his slow leg-breaks. Innings of 23 and 87 ( run out) in the Senior's match in 1927 set him on course for his Blue, but he would probably have been the first to admit to his personal good fortune being linked to the illness of K. S. Duleepsinhji, who was unable to play again that season after starting with a superb 254 not out against Middlesex. Judd made 47 against Sussex and then 73 and 62 not out against a full Nottinghamshire side which included Larwood. Thereafter he was a model of consistency at No.4, his driving calling for special comment on a number of occasions, and against Oxford at Lord's he played a major hand in Cambridge's 116-run victory with 124 in the second innings. It was an innings very much of two parts, the second being greatly superior to the first, and a boisterous partnership with R. W. V. Robins in 55 minutes gave Cambridge a position of strength which they never looked like surrendering. In all, he made 667 runs for the University at an average of 39.23.
He batted lower down the order when playing for Hampshire in subsequent seasons, but made the occasional useful knock at No.9 or No.10. Two analysis in 1928 in the Championship probably surprised him as much as his opponents. On a helpful wicket he returned six for 65 against Somerset at Weston, a stumping and three catches behind the wicket testifying to the teasing nature of his slow spinners; and in the following match, in conditions which favoured the batting side at Leicester, he took four wickets for 111. Before the start of the 1928 season he had played in Jamaica as a member of the side taken there by his county captain, Lionel Tennyson. He made 75 against All Jamaica in the final match of the tour. In 84 first-class matches, Judd scored 2,624 runs in 141 innings for an average of 21.33. His 30 wickets cost 34.53.
KHANVILKAR, RANJIT, died on July 8, 1988, at the age of 27 when the train from Bangalore, where he was resident, to Trivandrum in the south left the rails and seven of the carriages were submerged in a lake; 111 people died in the tragedy. A tall, right-hand middle-order batsman and medium-pace bowler, he made his début for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy in 1980-81 and in the following season's final scored 113 in their total of 705 against Delhi, who went 1 run better to win on the first innings. His 32 at No. 9 in the 1982-83 final was essential to Karnataka's successful attempt to overhaul Bombay's 534 and so win the Ranji Trophy for the third time in ten years. In 24 matches for Karnataka to 1985-86 he scored 1,025 runs and took 26 wickets. On joining the railway service he then played for them in the championship. In 1984-85 he scored 156 for South Zone against West Zone at Bombay.
KNOTT, CHARLES HAROLD (JOHN), who died on June 18, 1988, at the age of 87, was the oldest living Kent cricketer as well as the oldest living Blue, having played for Oxford in the University Matches of 1922, 1923, and 1924. In all he played in 136 first-class matches in a career which extended from 1921 till 1939. With nine centuries to his credit, he scored 5,633 runs in 206 innings at an average of 31.46; he also took 24 wickets and held 66 catches. A fierce striker of the ball, he was much feared as a middle-order batsman by opponents, even in his schoolboy days, and he was a cover-point of the highest class. These qualities more or less guaranteed him a place in the Kent side in August after the summer term at Tonbridge, where he was a master for the whole of his working life.
Going as a boy to Tonbridge, he followed in the footsteps of his elder brother, Freddy, who had made a hundred for Kent when still at the school. In 1919, he really made his mark with a sensational innings of 220 against Lancing, adding 290 in partnership with L. P. Hedges, the last 230 of which came in an hour. This innings and another century earned him selection for the Lord's Schools against The Rest. The following year he took 44 wickets with his leg-breaks, and so it was with something of the reputation of an all-rounder that he went up to Oxford.
However, he failed to gain a Blue as a Freshman and in 1922 only came into the reckoning on tour with an innings of 109 not out at Leicester, No success attended his efforts at Lord's against Cambridge; he was twice clean bowled by Gubby Allen, who had a great match. Next season, when he was secretary, he enjoyed the most consistent spell of his whole career. In the last three matches before the meeting with Cambridge he played innings of 66, 48 not out, 65, 105 not out, 16 and 70; at Lord's, his contribution to a riot of big hitting was 42 as Oxford won by an innings and 227 runs. He was captain of a moderate side in 1924 and gave a splendid lead with innings of 83 and 74 in The Parks against Middlesex when everyone was short of practice. Wisden said of him that he was hardly a class batsman, but a very effective one. This was his busiest year in the first-class cricket and for Oxford and Kent he totalled 938 runs at an average of 28.42.
In later years he generally made between 400 and 500 runs for Kent. In 1927, when in the absence of A. P. F. Chapman, A. J. Evans and G. B. Legge he was called upon to lead the county against the reigning champions, Lancashire, at Old Trafford, he made 96 in two and a quarter hours; with his dashing methods he not only confounded his dour, professional opponents but startled the spectators as well. But it was in August 1928, the summer of 414 centuries, that he played his most celebrated innings, not for Kent, for whom he was short of runs, but for the Harlequins against the touring West Indians at Eastbourne. In a remarkable display of aggression, he amassed 261 not out in six hours; with A. J. Evans he put on 160 runs in under the hour. His chief hits included five sixes, a five and 29 fours. The tourists were defeated by an innings and 105 runs. Not content with this savage treatment, he greeted the next West Indian tourists in 1933 with 154 not out, another powerful knock which paved the way for a Kent victory by an innings and 93. Two other innings shine out from those inter-war years. In 1929 he took part in that memorable match between Kent and Sussex at Hastings, in which 1,451 runs were made and Duleepsinhji made 115 and 246. Knott's contribution was an unbeaten 140 in Kent's first innings, made in two and a quarter hours. And in 1934, against Northamptonshire at Dover, he hit 118 in a manner which was scarcely overshadowed by Woolley's 103 in 63 minutes which made him the first winner of the Lawrence Trophy.
Knott's great strength evidently lay in his driving. Colin Cowdrey, in a tribute written for the Cricketer, says: He was superbly built, immensely strong in the wrist and forearm. He played the game naturally and without fuss; along with many an amateur of his generation he did not believe in coaching and made no bones about it as master-in-charge of cricket at Tonbridge, a position he held for some 30 years. Again we must turn to Cowdrey, by far his most distinguished product at Tonbridge, to complete the picture: He presented an awesome figure ... a real martinet with regard to punctuality, dress and the old world courtesies. A man of few words, he was particularly hard on the talented player who wasted it. He believed that to be part of a good fielding side was the greatest fun of all and he revelled in conducting the daily fielding practice, where his humour and sense of fun was infectious.
LAWRIE, PERCY EDWARD, died in Teignmouth Hospital, on February 6, 1988, aged 85. A member of the Eton XI in 1920 and 1921, he made in his second year 545 runs with an average of 42.15 and at Lord's played two invaluable innings of 53 and 67 not out, which had much to do with a narrow victory for his side and showed that he had a splendid temperament for the big occasion. In August he played for Hampshire against Glamorgan at Southampton and made 49, helping Newman to add 150 for the second wicket in two hours. After this, his failure to get a Blue in his three years at Oxford must have been a great disappointment. In 1922 he failed in the Freshmen's match, but an innings of 56 for Hampshire against the University secured him a trial. However, Oxford batting was strong and neither in that year nor in the two following ones could he keep his place. Meanwhile in 1923 he played regularly for Hampshire in the vacation, scoring 520 runs with an average of 23.63 and making 107 at Leicester in under two hours to help avert threatening defeat. He played little for the county later, through his last appearance was not until 1928. In all first-class cricket he made 1,084 runs with an average of 21.25. He was a particularly fine off-driver.
LAXMAN SINGH, died on July 19, 1988, aged 40, following a fall at his home at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. A consistent scorer, he opened the batting for Rajasthan from 1966-67 to 1977-78, having made his début while still a schoolboy. As a member of Indian schools teams he toured England in 1967, scoring 973 runs at 74.84, and Australia in 1967-68, when his average was 46.37 from 891 runs. His aggregate of 1,758 runs at 32.55 in the Ranji Trophy championship included three centuries, the highest of which was his unbeaten 231 in 1974-75 against Madhya Pradesh at Indore, when he and Parthasarthy Sharma (161) added 289 for the second wicket. Laxman Singh scored a further 517 runs, average 25.85, in the Duleep Trophy for Central Zone, with 124 against South Zone in 1975-76 his only century.
LEARY, STUART EDWARD, was found dead on Table Mountain, Cape Town on August 23, 1988 and is thought to have died two days earlier. He was 55. He had played for Kent from 1951 to 1971, and in all first-class games he scored 16,517 runs with an average of 31.10 and took 146 wickets at 33.80 as a right-hand middle-order batsman and leg-break bowler. Quite outstanding as a schoolboy cricketer - he was Sea Point High's first South African Schools cap - rugby fly-half and soccer forward in Cape Town, he came to Britain in 1949 at the age of sixteen to join Charlton Athletic as a professional soccer player. He made his first-team début two years later and was soon established as a centre-forward of skill and perception. Towards the end of this career he played for Queen's Park Rangers.
It was in 1951 also that he first played for Kent, having the previous year been offered professional terms by the Durham League club, Whitburn, home town of the the Charlton manager, Jimmy Seed. His début was at Ilford, and he confirmed the promise that was noted there by scoring 74 against Minor Counties at Canterbury a few days later. Another of Charlton's South Africans, Syd O'Linn, made his Kent début that season and in eight innings topped the county's Championship averages. For the next few years, soccer and National Service in the RAF occupied Leary's attention, and it was not until 1957 that he managed more than an occasional appearance. Then, in his first full season, he passed a thousand runs for the first of nine times and his aggregate of 1,231 included his first three hundreds. As well as hitting his maiden century against Cambridge, 102 not out in 140 minutes, he took five wickets for 34 in the University's second innings to spin Kent to victory. He could turn the ball a long way, and he also bowled a useful googly. His best performance was five for 22 at Swansea in 1961, when Glamorgan were bowled out for 73, having made 319 in their first innings. Leary's figures in that were four for 58 in nineteen overs.
That summer was also his best with the bat; his 1,440 runs were scored at an average of 38.91 and he hit three hundreds. He was not a dashing batsman; his method was to work the ball rather than stroke it elegantly. Still, there were 23 boundaries in the highest of his eighteen centuries, 158 in four and a half hours against Northamptonshire at Kettering in 1963. He and R. C. Wilson put on 283 together, just 38 short of Kent's record for the third wicket. But if his batting did not mirror his style on the soccer pitch, his fielding was its equal, especially at short leg where his anticipation and reflexes set him apart. He took 362 catches, and his six in an innings against Cambridge in 1958 equalled the record for Kent. Another Kent record was his benefit of £9,100 in 1967, the county's best season for 38 years; they won the Gillette Cup and were runners-up in the Championship. Leary scored 1,042 runs, achieving his thousand for the last time, but when Kent won the Championship in 1970, their centenary season, he could not hold his place in the three-day side. However, he played a leading role in their filling second place in the John Player League, and his seventeen sixes were the most in the competition that season. The next year, 1971, was his last. He was soon to return to South Africa, where he gave much back to the game as a coach, encouraging children of all races. He became Director of Coaching for the Western Province Cricket Union and was manager of the side which won both the Currie Cup and Datsun Shield in 1981-82.
LITHGOW, BRIGADIER ANTHONY ONSLOW LAWRENCE, who died in July 1988, aged 67, will always have a place in the annuals of Eton v Harrow matches. He not only captained Harrow in 1939, when they won for the first time since 1908, but was the central figure at the moment of truimph. Obedient to Patsy Hendren's advice to attack the bowling in the fourth innings, he finished the match with three successive boundaries to the pavilion rails. His undefeated 67 was the outstanding innings in the eight-wicket victory, and amid scenes of tremendous enthusiasm a crowd of young bloods irrupted on to the field and hoisted Lithgow and his partner shoulder-high back to the pavilion. A fight of top-hats ensued but the authorities, embarrassed by a mêlée of carnations and umbrellas, made no official protest. They were not to find themselves similarly under siege until the sixties, when they were confronted with the vulgarities of a new age in the form of limited-overs finals. Lithgow would have succeeded at first-class level, but the war changed his life. The qualities of leadership he displayed at Lord's were amply fulfilled in Korea, where he commanded a battalion of the Black Watch with courage and distinction.
LIVINGSTONE, DAINTES ABBIA (DANNY), who died in his native Antigua on September 8, 1988, aged 54, was as an attacking left-hand batsman a member of the Hampshire side when the county won the Championship in 1961 for the first time. He had initially qualified for Warwickshire, but more than 500 runs for their Second XI in 1957 was not enough to interest them. Hampshire gave him a trial and in 1959 he scored more than 850 runs for the second team and averaged over 100 in Club and Ground matches; he also made his first-class début, scoring 37 and 14 against Oxford at Bournemouth. He did not win a regular place in 1960, but in 1961 he established himself with 1,643 runs at 28.32, including an unbeaten 102 against Northamptonshire at Southampton, his maiden first-class hundred. In Hampshire's penultimate match, when they beat Derbyshire to make certain of the Championship, his was the catch in the deep which dismissed Bob Taylor, who had been organising a stubborn resistance on the last evening, and brought the match to a close.
While 1961 was understandably Livingstone's most memorable season, 1962 was his best. Batting with a new maturity, he scored 1,817 runs at 37.08 and, against Surrey at Southampton, made his career-highest score of 200. Dropped first ball, he batted for nearly five hours, hit three sixes and 22 fours, and with nineteen-year-old Alan Castell (76) turned round a position of 128 for eight by adding 230, a county record for the ninth wicket. That season he also made an untroubled 101 not out against the touring Pakistanis, and in 1963 his brilliant 151 against West Indians set up an enthralling match which finished with the tourists' last pair at the wicket and ten fielders clustered around the bat. By now he had become a thoroughly reliable batsman, and in 1964, when he scored 117 and 105 not out in the match against Kent at Canterbury, he assumed the mantle of leading run-scorer, the position for so long held by Roy Marshall. But the following year his batting fell away badly, and although he reached his thousand runs for the fifth time in 1967 and again in 1970, his consistency had deserted him. The last of his sixteen hundreds came at the beginning of the 1970 season, 103 against Middlesex at Lord's where he and Marshall (189 not out) added 263 for the fourth wicket, another Hampshire record. He had two more seasons and then, in 1973, returned to Antigua to take up a post as Director of Sports with the Antiguan government, going on to do much for the development of cricket and soccer on the island. He captained Antigua and also managed the Leewards and Combined Islands sides.
In 301 first-class matches, he scored 12,722 runs with an average of 27.89. An excellent fielder, he held 243 catches and also made two stumpings.
MACDONALD-WATSON, SURGEON-CAPTAIN ALISTAIR, OBE, who died on November 19, 1987, aged 78, played in four matches for Somerset in 1932 and 1933. A fast right-arm bowler, he took five for 27 in his second match against Derbyshire at Ilkeston and was the main instrument in their downfall for a total of 81. No such distinction attended his efforts as a batsman for he managed just 2 runs in six innings. In all he took eight wickets for 219 runs at a cost of 27.37 per wicket.
MCINTOSH, ROBERT IAN FANSHAWE, who died on March 21, 1988, at Budleigh Salterton, aged 80, played for Oxford University from 1927 to 1929, winning his Blue in 1927 and 1928. He was, at least in his first year in residence, a more than useful medium-pace opening bowler. For three years in the Uppingham XI, he was the mainstay of their attack, and in 1925, his second year, he was chosen for The Rest against the Lord's Schools. A breakdown in health prevented him from playing, and it seems that his constitution was far from strong at that stage of his life; it may well have been a major factor in his loss of form in his last year at Oxford. In 1926, as captain at Uppingham, he took 45 wickets at a mere 11.24 each, and he was one of the few boys who did himself any sort of justice against the Army for the Public Schools, returning an analysis of 17.3-4-64-4.
His chances of gaining a Blue as a Freshman were increased by the illness of W. N. McBride, who was expected to bear the brunt of the opening bowling for Oxford. McIntosh stepped into the breach with a series of consistent performances, culminating in eight wickets in the big match at Lord's. In Cambridge's second innings he took the important wicket of R. W. V. Robins, thus giving Oxford a sporting chance of winning the match. His overall record for the year was 26 wickets at 23.15 apiece in 220.5 overs. In 1928 he was made to work twice as hard by his captain, M. A. McCanlis, and occasionally suffered heavy punishment, especially at the hands of Kent and Gloucestershire. His 34 wickets cost him more than 38 runs each and by the time of the University Match he had probably shot his bolt. Possibly not in the best of health and discouraged by having to bowl on so many over-prepared wickets the previous summer, he was never in serious contention for a Blue in 1929. Thereafter he vanishes from the scene, only to reappear again in February 1934 for Madras against Jardine's strong MCC team. Along with the other bowlers he took a hammering, the touring team's total of 603 being at that time a record for the ground. In all, he took 69 wickets in 24 first-class matches at an average of 32.94; a batting average of 11.50 from 161 runs owed more to a high percentage of not outs than to any prowess as a batsman.
MANNING, JOHN STEPHEN (JACK), who died in Adelaide on May 5, 1988, aged 63, played for three seasons for his native South Australia in the Sheffield Shield from 1951-52 to 1953-54 before deciding to try his luck in England with his orthodox left-arm spin. Two successful seasons with Colne in the Lancashire League persuaded Northamptonshire to sign him. They saw him as the ideal foil for George Tribe, whose left-arm wrist-spin had done so much to boost their new-found success. This turned out to be an inspired move, and in four full Championship seasons from 1956 to 1959 Manning captured 415 wickets for an average of 20.56.
In his formative years Manning cultivated sharp spin from leg as his chief weapon. Few had developed this method of taking wickets in Australia before his time, and in successive MCC tours before the war, Verity and Jack White had been able to contain rather than destroy; in 1946-47 James Langridge was not a force to be reckoned with. Manning, then, was something of a novelty when he broke into the small, tight circle of Shield players, and in his three seasons at the top in Australia he took 66 wickets for an average of 29.95. In 1952-53 his 25 wickets made him a vital component in Paul Ridings's winning South Australian side. In England, where conditions favoured his methods, he obtained over 100 wickets for Northamptonshire in 1956, and with yet another left-arm spinner, M. H. J. Allen from Bedford, also on hand, the county were employing a unique combination. In 1957, the trio took as many as 305 Championship wickets between them. There were other factors in the county's success in finishing second to Surrey, such as the speed of Tyson and the shrewd captaincy of Dennis Brookes, but the three left-arm spinners must take the chief word of praise. In this and in his other three seasons, Manning's outstanding performances were so numerous as to be almost commonplace. As well as his eight for 43 against Gloucestershire at Peterborough in 1959, match figures of eleven for 80 against Nottinghamshire at Northampton in the same season are worthy of recall. Only in 1958 did he fail to take 100 wickets.
After a few unsuccessful matches in 1960 Manning, victim of some ruthless rebuilding at Northampton, was relegated to the Second XI, which promptly won the Championship. Released from his contract, he returned to Australia to play and coach around Adelaide. Although he had never had any great pretensions with the bat, he was capable of a useful innings at No. 8 or No. 9 in the order. Certainly he would have retained clearer memories of his only century in first-class cricket than of his many achievements with the ball. His 132 against Yorkshire at Harrogate in 1957 led to a major recovery after his side had slipped to 105 for five. In a total of 146 first-class matches in Australia and England, Manning made 2,766 runs for an average of 15.71. His 513 wickets cost as little as 22.73 apiece.
NEWSON, EDWARD SURRURIER (BOB), OBE, died in Durban on April 24, 1988, aged 77, opened the bowling in his three Test matches for South Africa, against England at Johannesburg in 1930-31 and eight years later in the last two Tests against Hammond's side. Yet he might easily have missed his début, for he had not received notification of his selection and arrived at work as usual on the morning of the match. His father brought his kit to the Old Wanderers ground by tram as his son, recently turned twenty, lined up for the team photograph in borrowed clothes. Newson did not take a wicket but, joining Quintin McMillan with South Africa 81 for nine in the first innings, he helped add a further 45 before Tate bowled him for 10. As South Africa won by 28 runs, and the next four Tests in the series were all drawn, it was a vital contribution. He took a wicket in each innings at Johannesburg in 1938-39 and another two (for 58) in the first innings of the timeless Test at Durban, where he was South Africa's most economical bowler in terms of runs per over. His four Test wickets averaged 66.25 each.
Newson made his Currie Cup début for Transvaal in 1929-30, but studies and career restricted him to just four games between 1931 and 1938. After the war he moved to Rhodesia, playing for them until 1949-50 and in 1946-47, against Griqualand West at Kimberley, reaching his only first-class century in 65 minutes. In 24 first-class matches, he took 60 wickets at 26.03 and scored 553 runs at 17.83 with a highest score of 114. His best bowling figures were five for 54 for Rhodesia against MCC at Bulawayo in 1948-49. An overnight storm had penetrated the covers and he took all five wickets for 13 runs in his first seven overs on the second morning.
PAGE, GEORGE SCOTT, who died on March 20, 1988, a few months short of his 89th birthday, was almost certainly the last surviving cricketer to have played both against Warwick Armstrong's 1921 Australians and the Australian Imperial Forces team in 1919. A cavalier batsman and outstanding fielder of Durham County between 1919 and 1926, against the AIF at West Hartlepool he became one of Jack Gregory's 131 victims on the tour, being beaten and bowled by sheer pace. In 1921 at Sunderland he managed to see off Ted McDonald in each innings, only to hole out in the deep to Armstrong and Arthur Mailey respectively for scores of 24 and 29. Page was a rugby player of skill and flair who represented Durham 22 times as a centre-threequarter.
PARKER, FREDERICK ANTHONY VIVIAN, who died on May 26, 1988, aged 75, was a more than useful right-handed batsman for the Army and Combined Services who in 1946 appeared for Hampshire against the Indian touring team and Kent but with little success. Between these two matches, however, he registered a first-class century when, with an innings of 116 for the Services against Northamptonshire at Kettering, he turned about a first-innings position of 28 for four and set his side on the way to victory by eight wickets. In his five first-class matches, he totalled 147 with an average of 16.33.
PARTHASARATHY, T. V. died at Madras on December 5, 1988, aged 72. A fluent opening batsman and wicket-keeper, he played in one unofficial Test against the Australian Services team at Calcutta in 1945-46. His Ranji Trophy appearances were few but varied; in seven matches he represented Karnataka, Madras and Bengal, scoring 350 runs at 26.92 and claiming nine catches and a stumping.
PATEL, K. R., who died at Bangalore on April 12, 1988, played as an all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy for Mysore from 1949 to 1951 and in 1958-59 and for Hyderabad from 1951 to 1955, scoring 283 runs and taking eight wickets at 55.00 each. He was an uncle of B. P. Patel, the Indian Test cricketer.
PORRITT, B. W. E. (BILL), a former All-Ceylon cricketer, died in Australia where he had been living for some years. He was one of the first schoolboys to win a Ceylon cap when, while a pupil at Royal College, he played against Woodfull's 1934 team to England and bowled Bill Brown. That same year he took fifteen for 66 for Royal College against Trinity. Porritt bowled both right-and left-arm in club cricket and was the leading bowler in the Kalutara Town club which won the Daily News Trophy in 1939. In 1940-41 he toured India as vice-captain of the All-Ceylon side and met with some success.
RAISON, MAX, who died on July 25, 1988, aged 86, was one of a number of amateur cricketers who helped out Essex in the years between the wars. A right-hand bat and right-arm medium-pace bowler, he scored 451 runs at 18.04 and took fourteen wickets at 41.07 in seventeen appearances from 1928 to 1930. Among his five wickets for 104 against Gloucestershire at Chelmsford in 1928 was that of Hammond, bowled for 244.
RECORDON, LIONEL WALTHER, who died on October 6, 1988, aged 81, played eleven times for Kent in four years in the second half of the 1920s, principally as a right-hand batsman although in his three years in the XI at Brighton College he had attracted some attention by his leg-spin bowling. He was captain of the school XI in 1925. For Kent, he scored 242 runs with an average of 18.61 but did not take a wicket.
ROHRS, ANTHONY JOHN, who died in a car accident on June 24, 1988, aged 26, had played twice for Wellington in the previous season, making his first-class début against Mike Gatting's visiting England team and scoring 4 in his only innings. He was selected for the Shell Trophy match against Auckland at the Basin Reserve but the weather allowed only three hours' play and he did not bat.
SEABROOK, WALTER GEORGE, died on June 13, 1988, aged 84. The younger brother of F. J. Seabrook, a successful schoolmaster cricketer who appeared regularly for Gloucestershire in August, he played in just one match for the same county against Kent in 1928 without any success. His useful left-handed batting and left-arm medium-pace bowling had gained him his colours at Haileybury.
SELVADURAI, A. J. D. N., who died in September 1988, was a well-known supporter of cricket, athletics, tennis and hockey in Sri Lanka. A thoughtful seam bowler, useful batsman and a fielder with a strong arm, he played for Ceylon in December 1945 against Lindsay Hassett's Australian Services side in the last three-day match of their Indian tour. In Ceylon's second innings of 159, the Oxford Blue, F. C. de Saram, and Selvadurai each scored 23, the highest for their side but insufficient to prevent an innings defeat.
SHUCKBURGH, SIR CHARLES GERALD STEWKLEY, died on April 5, 1988, at the age of 77. He was a right-handed batsman, considered good enough by the Warwickshire selectors to fill a place in the county side in a Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston in 1930, in spite of an unsuccessful Freshmen's match at Oxford earlier that season. The story goes that Norman Kilner and Sam Staples between them arranged for the young sprig of nobility to be allowed to get off the mark; but when the chance came he was too petrified to move from the crease to respond to this act of courtesy. Whether he went through similar anguish before making his one catch has not been recorded. Sir Charles was thereafter more in his element playing for amateur clubs with considerable success.
SILKIN OF DULWICH, LORD, PC, QC, died on August 17, 1988, aged 70. A useful schoolboy cricketer, especially as a bowler of leg-breaks, Samuel Charles Silkin captained Dulwich in 1936 before going up to Cambridge later that year. He had little success in the Freshmen's match in 1937 and although given further trials in 1938, including a match for the University against the Army, he did not win a Blue. Eligible for Glamorgan, having been born at Neath, he was invited to play for the county when Cambridge visited on tour later in the season but again he achieved little. These two first-class appearances resulted in 4 runs and two wickets, and from then his cricket was mostly at club level, with some appearances for the Glamorgan and Middlesex Second XIs. Elected as Member of Parliament for Camberwell in 1964, he held the seat for Labour until his retirement in 1983 and was Attorney General from 1974 to 1979. He was made a life peer in 1985.
SINFIELD, REGINALD ALBERT, was born on December 24, 1900, and died on March 17, 1988. At the time of his death he was England's oldest surviving Test cricketer, a distinction which then fell to R. E. S. Wyatt. His single appearance for England at Trent Bridge in the First Test of 1938 was the climax to a career which extended from 1921 to 1939 and was a fitting reward for years of loyal service to Gloucestershire. Sinfield was the epitome of the old type of English professional cricketer. In him were combined all those qualities which contributed so much to the development of the game at a time when its leadership was very much under the control of the amateur.
His first appearances in cricket of any importance were for Hertfordshire, when he must have learnt much about the art of batting from watching C. H. Titchmarsh, a prolific scorer in the Minor Counties Championship. In 1921 he joined the groundstaff at Lord's, where he was to experience a torrid time in his first three first-class matches, which were for MCC against the two Universities. He managed just 3 runs in six innings including a pair. However, his serene temperament helped him to survive these early setbacks, and others of a similar kind, after he had started playing for Gloucestershire in 1924. Among his early experiences of Championship cricket were a brace of pairs at the hands of Fred Root and George Macaulay. While all this was happening to him in his struggle to establish himself as batsman, he was being allowed a few overs without any conspicuous success. Many young professionals would not have had the resolution to pursue cricket as a career after such a discouraging start, but Sinfield went steadily about the business of acquiring the skills of his trade. He was soon an automatic choice for the county, and his willingness to fit in and adapt his play to the needs of the occasion were an invaluable asset to a succession of captains.
Sinfield played throughout his career alongside Walter Hammond, and if Hammond held the centre of the stage, Sinfield was the ideal stage-manager. As opening batsman, he would arrange the props and set the scene for the great man to play the leading role; when batting in the middle order he would be a model member of the supporting cast.
By 1926, with 885 runs and 48 wickets to his credit, Sinfield was developing into a useful all-rounder. His first first-class century, an innings of 101 against Somerset at Taunton, was quickly followed by 112 not out at Trent Bridge, which earned him his county cap. Wisden says of him at this time that he had most of the strokes, but seldom used them. Concentration and tenacity were his hallmarks, and whether he batted at No. 2 with Alfred Dipper, and later with Charles Barnett, or in various positions lower down the order, these methods brought him his thousand runs in ten out of the eleven seasons from 1927 to 1937. He just squeezed past the 1,000 mark when achieving his second double in 1937 and reached a peak of 1,740 runs in 1935 with an average of 35.51. In this season he registered his highest score of 209 not out against Glamorgan at Cardiff, when he and Barnett put on 250 for the first wicket, at the time a Gloucestershire record. In the same match he took nine wickets.
The amount of bowling he was called on to do depended for many years on the effectiveness of Charles Parker, Tom Goddard and, for a season or two, Percy Mills. When the slow left-hander's powers began to decline in the mid-thirties, Sinfield really came into his own as a stock bowler and got through a tremendous amount of work. In 1936 he bowled 1,501 overs for 161 wickets, a performance which put him in line for selection for the MCC tour of Australia. He was not a true off-spinner but, according to E. W. Swanton, he cut the ball both ways off the seam, wobbled it in the air and generally bowled very straight at a little below medium pace. His method may be compared in more recent times with that of Basil D'Oliveira. Invariably bowling with his cap on, and with his shirt-sleeves buttoned at the wrist, he achieved his first double in 1934 with 122 wickets in a dry summer and in all he passed the 100 mark four times. Among his numerous triumphs, his feat of twice sharing nineteen wickets out of twenty in a match with Goddard must rank above most; on each occasion the opposition were beaten by an innings. He often reserved his best performances for touring sides, and his overall figures in these matches bear eloquent testimony to his sterling qualities. In 23 innings he made 809 runs at an average of 36.77 and he took 58 wickets at 20.98 apiece in 436.3 overs. By the time he played in his only Test match in 1938 he had already bowled more than 470 overs for 52 wickets before the end of the first week in June, with eight for 65 against the Australians at Bristol as the pièce de résistance. His dismissal of Bradman in Australia's first innings at Trent Bridge was highly unusual, the batsman being both caught behind by Ames and stumped on appeal to the square-leg umpire.
In the years before the war, Goddard and Sinfield, as an attacking pair, if not quite as much feared as Laker and Lock some twenty years later, at least commanded immense respect. Goddard continued to play for Gloucestershire for a season or two after the war, but Sinfield took up an appointment as coach at Clifton College, where he stayed for twenty years before offering his services to Colston's School. He continued to coach until the end of 1987 and maintained a link with the modern Test scene in his championship of Chris Broad as a future prospect. What a man of his integrity and sporting instincts would have thought of his protégé's behaviour on the field in Paksitan and Australia is not difficult to imagine. Sinfield's career record for 430 first-class matches was 15,674 runs at an average of 25.69, including sixteen centuries, and 1,173 wickets at 24.49 apiece. His best single-innings analysis was nine for 111 against Middlesex at Lord's in 1936.
SKENE, ROBERT WARBOYS, died on April 15, 1988, aged 79. He made a tremendous name for himself as an all-rounder at Sedbergh before gaining his Blue as a Freshman at Oxford in 1928. With no fewer than 155 wickets in four years he became the terror of the northern schools; his left-arm spin was evidently well suited to the damper wickets in those parts. And yet, when summoned to Lord's in 1927 to parade his talents, he performed exceptionally well with the bat. His 51 not out when The Rest were 21 for five against the Lord's Schools helped to lift the total to 116 and then, when the Schools stood in danger of defeat against the Army, he made an undefeated 78. Little was seen of his bowling in either match. In 1928, in spite of his taking the wickets of the Nawab of Pataudi and three others in the Freshmen's match, Skene's batting was again his stronger suit. He was a sound and solid left-hander with strength on the leg side, an asset which helped him towards his only hundred in first-class cricket, an innings of 105 against Surrey at The Oval. While his bowling proved to be accurate enough, it perhaps lacked sufficient subtlety to trouble first-class opponents, and his seventeen wickets cost more than 50 runs each, a far cry from his schoolboy figures. In 1929, when it was hoped he would move ahead, he tended to mark time and he dropped out of the side to meet Cambridge at Lord's. In his last year in residence, he was allowed only one chance to re-establish himself; in a rain-affected game he had one innings and did not get a bowl. Only the fourth Sedbergian to win a Blue up to that time, he scored 644 runs in first-class matches, average 25.76, and took 26 wickets at 47.30.
SOUTHBY, SIR ARCHIBALD RICHARD CHARLES, who died on April 4, 1988, at the age of 77, performed well enough at Eton to be chosen for the Freshmen's match at Oxford in 1930, but he achieved little of note and did not play in a first-class match in England until 1939, when he opened for the Army against Cambridge at Fenner's. His other six first-class appearances were in India between 1935 and 1937 for Madras in the Ranji Trophy and for the Europeans. He never looked like fulfilling the promise of his schooldays, managing 158 runs in twelve innings with a highest score of 33.
SPENCE, LESLIE MAGNUS (LES), who died on September 23, 1988, aged 81, did much towards the rebuilding of the Glamorgan club after the Second World War, initially as one of the triumvirate of assistant secretaries who supported J. C. Clay and subsequently as honorary secretary, a post he filled until shortly before his death.
THOMPSON, WILFRID SYDENHAM, who died on December 17, 1988, aged 76, was one of the last survivors of the team which served Norfolk so well in the decade before the Second World War. A charismatic, commanding figure who during war-time service with the Coldstream Guards rose to the rank of major, he was a bowler of explosive pace and a hitter of numerous sixes of quite prodigious carry. In the Uppingham XI in 1930, he made his début for Norfolk two years later and was captain from 1947 to 1950. He subsequently served for many years on the committee and was president in 1975-76. He played also for MCC, Free Foresters and the Musketeers, but mostly his club cricket was for West Norfolk. A scratch golfer, Thompson also represented his county at that sport and at rugby.
TOON, JAMES HARRY CECIL, who died on October 26, 1987, aged 71, played in one match for Northamptonshire in 1946 against the Combined Services at Kettering. An all-rounder of medium pace, he had more luck with the ball than with the bat and in the Services' two innings took four wickets for 126 runs.
TYLER, BERNARD, died in November 1987, aged 85. He was a great servant of Liverpool CC for nearly 40 years, eight as senior professional and the rest as head groundsman. A fast-medium right-arm bowler who batted down the order, he played in nine matches for Northamptonshire in 1923 and 1924 and five for Leicestershire from 1926 to 1928, scoring 135 runs (average 7.10) and taking eleven wickets at 50.27 apiece.
WALTER, CYRIL VINCENT, who died in Christchurch on March 23, aged 75, played twice for Canterbury in 1945-46, scoring 29 runs for an average of 7.75. Better known as a hockey coach, he was the father of the Television New Zealand cricket producer, Ian Walter, whose obituary appeared in the 1988 Wisden.
WANKHEDE, SESHRAO KRISHNARAO, who died in Bombay on January 30, 1988, aged 73, was president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 1980-81 to 1982-83. But it was as president of the Bombay Cricket Association from 1963-64 that he played his most far-reaching role in Indian cricket affairs. For more than 30 years the Association had been dissatisfied with a situation which saw them beholden to the Cricket Club of India for the distribution of profits from Test and first-class cricket at the Brabourne Stadium, which the CCI owned, and for the allocation of seats for Test matches there. When in 1971, with England due to tour India in 1972-73, the CCI would not agree to provide more seats for the Association's member clubs, the BCA at Wankhede's instigation decided to build its own stadium and so vacate its tenancy of the Brabourne Stadium, leaving this famous, splendid ground with little more than its history. Since 1973-74 virtually all international and first-class cricket in Bombay has been played at the stadium which bears Wankhede's name.
WHITE, CYRIL DE LACEY, died at East London on December 2, 1987, aged 78. Playing for Border at Queenstown in 1946-47, he caught three Griqualand West batsmen off successive balls while fielding at forward short leg to Ray Beesly, a left-arm medium-fast bowler. Only one other fielder had achieved such a hat-trick, G. J. Thompson of Northamptonshire in 1914; G. O. Dawkes of Derbyshire, who subsequently performed the feat in 1958, was a wicket-keeper. A solid left-hand opening bat, whose brother Clive also represented Border, in White made the first of 38 first-class appearances for Border in 1929-30 and the last in 1949-50, having scored 1,454 runs at 21.33, taken 32 catches and become the first batsman to score 1,000 runs for the province, for whom he also played Currie Cup rugby. His highest innings was 189 against Natal in 1934-35.
WHITELAW, PAUL ERSKINE, died at Auckland on August 28, 1988, aged 78. A right-hand batsman with a fine technique, he was called up to open the batting for New Zealand against England in 1932-33 when his fellow Aucklander, Mills, withdrew. In the two Tests he scored 30, 17 not out, 12 and 5 not out. It was in these matches, on MCC's homeward journey from the bodyline series, that Hammond hit 227 and 336 not out. These were Whitelaw's only Test matches, though he represented his country twice against E. R. T. Holmes's MCC side in 1935-36 and against Sir Julien Cahn's XI in 1938-39. His outstanding success came in 1936-37 when, for Auckland against Otago at Dunedin, he and Bill Carson, a twenty-year-old left-hander, added 445 in 268 minutes, which stood as a world record for the third wicket until 1976-77. Coming together when Auckland were 25 for two, they put on 100 in 85 minutes, 200 in 156 minutes, 300 in 190 minutes and 400 in 247 minutes. Carson hit 38 fours in his 290. Whitelaw, who batted for 331 minutes, hit a six and 21 fours in his 195, the highest of his five first-class hundreds. He played 43 times for Auckland between 1928 and 1947 and in all first-class matches scored 2,739 runs for an average of 37.52. In 1960, he donated an almost complete set of Wisdens to the Auckland Cricket Association.
WINLAW, ASHLEY WILLIAM EDGELL, who died on February 13, 1988, aged 74, captained Winchester against Eton in 1933 in the 100th match between the two schools. A right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper, he subsequently played in one first-class match for the Minor Counties against the Indian tourists in 1936, making 13 and 0, and appeared for Bedfordshire.
WOODHOUSE, GEORGE EDWARD SEALY, who died suddenly on January 19, 1988, aged 63, was in 1949 Somerset's youngest captain, having shared the leadership in the previous year with N. S. Mitchell-Innes and J. W. Seamer. In the Marlborough XI from 1940 to 1942, he made steady progress as an all-rounder, with a century to his credit in 1941 against Wellington, sharing in a first-wicket stand of 184, a school record. By 1942 he was captain and the mainstay of the batting - his 72 against Rugby at Lord's was a match-saving innings - and the following year he won a war-time Blue at Cambridge, having averaged more than 60 in home matches at Fenner's.
Born and bred in the West Country, he made his début for Somerset against Middlesex at Taunton in 1946. Erratic and unpredictable as ever, Somerset in this match made 523 for nine declared, the centre-piece of which was a partnership of 200 for the fourth wicket between Woodhouse and Harold Gimblett, to which Woodhouse contributed 70, but after so promising a start he found time to play in only a limited number of matches in 1947 and 1948. His one century was made against Leicestershire at Leicester in 1947 and helped Somerset to a six-wicket victory. Assuming the captaincy in 1949, he usually relegated himself to the middle order in an effort to add substance to an unreliable batting side in what was a season of remarkable changes of fortune. Ten matches were lost in a row, but the arrival of the two schoolmasters, M. M. Walford and Hugh Watts, in August ushered in some weeks of stability and success. Woodhouse's batting method was based on orthodox lines, but he never really fulfilled his youthful promise, scoring 2,048 runs in 65 first-class matches for an averages of 19.69. He represented Dorset & Wilts at rugby and identified with life in Dorset after giving up active sport.
WRIGLEY, OSCAR LLEWELLYN, who died in Wellington on December 26, 1987, played four first-class matches for Wellington and the New Zealand Air Force between 1939-40 and 1942-43. Though scoring only 81 in his four innings, he did have the satisfaction of a half-century, 52, for the Air Force against the Army in his last first-class innings. Later he contributed to the game as a selector of age-group representative teams.
In the 1988 Almanack, there was an obituary notice for J. W. Brook. We regret that this should not have appeared, and any distress caused by its publication is sincerely regretted. Additionally, the obituary notice of Herbert Trenholm, MBE, was incorrectly recorded as Herbert Trentham. We apologise for both these errors.