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ALDRIDGE, MR. JOHN (late Major 20th Regt.). born Feb. 14, 1837, died at Hungerford April 3. Winchester XI, 1853 and 1855, wicket-keeper, captain in 1855.
ALLAN, MR. FRANK ERSKINE ( The Bowler of a Century,) born at Warrambool (Victoria) December 2, 1849. Height 6ft. 1in. Died at Melbourne February 9.
Frank Allan was the first of the long line of great Australian bowlers. There were good men before his day-- Sam Cosstick and others--but he was the first to develop those special qualities that made Australian bowling--when the first team came to England in 1878--the talk of the cricket world. Apart from everything else, the medium-pace bowlers were found capable of getting an amount of work on the ball that in England had only been possible to slow bowlers. Allan, who bowled left-handed and batted right, and abundant spin, but his distinctive gift was a remarkable swerve, or as it was then called a curl in the air. Batsmen who met him for the first time were bewildered by the course of the ball. Allan was a born bowler, if ever there was one. He played in his first Inter-Colonial match at Melbourne on Boxing Day, 1867, within a month of completing his eighteenth year, and became famous at once, taking eight wickets--five for 59 runs and three for 43--and helping Victoria to beat New South Wales by seven wickets. Thenceforward he was for years the mainstay of the Victorian eleven, and the terror of New South Wales batsmen. Midwinter, who played a great deal with Allan when both were young, said to me once: When I began to bowl I could scarcely hit a haystack, but Allan was a bowler from the day he first took a ball in his hand.
Allan was at the height of his fame when he came to England with the famous team of 1878 and though he had not done half so well as Spofforth during the preliminary tour in the Colonies he was one of the great hopes of the side. In England, however, he did not do himself justice. Unfortunately for him the summer of 1878 was for the most part extremely cold and wet. At home no day was too hot for him, and he found our climate very trying. The result was that he failed whereas Harry Boyle--immeasurably his inferior in Australia--made a big reputation, and shared with Spofforth the triumph of the tour. Once, however Allan revealed his powers. In the match with Middlesex at Lord's played in glorious weather, he took three wickets for 27 runs and six for 76. Bob Thoms, who was umpiring, told me that what he did with the ball was wonderful. It was in that match that Edward Lyttelton got his famous 113--the innings of his life. Allan never paid a second visit to England, but he continued to play in Inter-Colonial matches for some time. Soon, however, his old position as Victoria's crack bowler was taken by George Palmer. Like Allan, Palmer came out when very young and jumped at once to the top of the tree, establishing his reputation in a match against Lord Harris's team in March, 1879. In comparing Allan's deeds with those of later Australian bowlers it must be remembered that in his time Australian batting was very far below the standard it has since reached, and that the wickets did not approach their present perfection. Still he was great in his day. As a batsman he played by the light of nature in a style peculiarly his own. His comrades of 1878 used to call him the crouching panther. He was first-class as a shot, an angler, at bowls, and as a poker player.--S.H.P.
ALLEN, MR. JAMES, born at Manchester November 6, 1857, died February 14, aged 59. Played for the Columbia Oval C.C. of New York.
ANDERTON, MR. ARTHUR L., died November 4, aged 30, Captain of the Cleckheaton XI.
ALSTON, MR. WILLIAM, of Elmdon Hall, Birmingham, died June 27, aged 74. An old Warwickshire county player. Scored 51 v, Gentlemen of Notts, in 1871, and 49 v. Worcestershire in 1874. Brother of Mr. J. F. Alston, who was played for Warwickshire.
ARMITAGE, MR. CHARLES INGRAM. Born at Birkby Grange, Huddersfield, April 28, 1849; died at Honley, April 24. Played for Yorkshire in three matches in 1873 and one in 1878. Played also for Huddersfield and Yorkshire Gentlemen C.C. Successful left-hand fast bowler, right-handed bat. Took all 10 wickets in an innings for Scarborough v. Holderness, at Scarborough, July 1875.
AUSTIN-LEIGH, REV. ATHUR HENRY. Born at Speen, Berkshire, February 28, 1836; died at Reading, July 29. First match at Lord's for Gentlemen of England v. Gentlemen of Kent and Sussex in 1857, when, going in first, he scored 34. Cheltenham College XI, 1853-4-5 (Capt. 1855); St. John's College XI (Ox); member of well-known brotherhood of cricketers.
BALL, MR. E. W. Died at Tunbridge Wells first week in August. Had served on the Gloucestershire County C.C. Committee.
BALL, WILLIAM. Died at East Shilton, near Hinckley, March 25. Well-known professional in the Midlands. Engaged at different times at Leamington College, Tettenhall College, and Birkenhead Park.
BATCHELOR, REV. WM. JESSE, born at Hayes in Kent, November 14, 1846; died at Epsom November 19. Played for Warwickshire in 1876, being a Master at Leamington College. Mr. Batchelor was a tremendous run-getter when at Cambridge, but had to decline a place in the eleven as he could not spare the time to play. In 1868 he made five scores of over a hundred, besides playing an innings of 289 for the Long Vacation Club. If a man of leisure he would perhaps have been one of the famous bats of his day.
BATTEN, MR. JOHN MAXWELL, born February 28, 1853; died at Ardwell Hall Place, St. Albans October 15, aged 64. Hailebury XI, 1870 and 1871: captain in 1871. Freshmen at Cambridge in 1872; Devonshire XI; Cambridge Rugby XX, 1873-4. England v. Scotland 1874: Racquets at Cambridge; Doubles 1874-5, Singles 1875.
BAYLEY-LAURIE, REV. SIR EMILIUS (Eton and Kent), born May 16, 1823, died at Maxweltown, Dumfrieshire, December 3. Having outlived nearly all his contemporaries, Emilius Bayley, as he was called till he took in 1887 the surname of Laurie, must have been the oldest cricketer of any note in England. He was nearly five years older than the Surrey veteran, William Caffyn. On the strength of one performance he will live in Cricket history. For Eton against Harrow at Lord's in 1841 he played an innings of 152, his score remaining unbeaten in the Eton and Harrow matches till D. C. Boles made 183 for Eton in 1904. Except that he got his 152 out of a total of 308--with the liberal allowance of 63 extras--one can say nothing about Emilius Bayley's great innings. Mr. Arthur Haygarth gave no details in Scores and Biographies, but in his biographical note attached to the Eton and Harrow match in 1838 he described Bayley as a fine free hitter, especially to leg, and an admirable field either at long leg or cover point. Apart from his big innings Bayley's best score in the matches with Harrow and Winchester during his four years in the Eton eleven was 27 against Harrow in 1838. Still he must have been an excellent bat, as he was considered good enough to play for Kent in the great days of the eleven that included Fuller Pilch, Alfred Mynn, Felix, Wenman, and Hillyer. He took part in two matches for Kent in 1842, five in 1843, and two in 1844. Like many other men in his own time and in later days he gave up serious cricket on entering the Church. In the sensational match between Kent and England at Canterbury in 1842, when Kent, after leading off with a total of 278, went down for 44 in their second innings, and were beaten by nine wickets, Emilius Bayley scored not out 5 and not out 17. The other ten Kent men in the second innings scored only 23 runs.--S. H. P.
BOGLE-SMITH, MR. CUTHBERT, Died in London, May 4. Eton v. Winchester 1882. He was in the Herefordshire XI for some years.
BREED, MR. GEORGE, died at York, December 18, aged 68. Played for York C.C.
BURNS, MR. JOHN NEILSON. Died at Bombala (Australia), February 27. Brother of the late W. B. Burns, of Worcestershire. Had played for Staffordshire.
CHARLESWORTH, REV. THOMAS BEEDHAM. Born May 24, 1886, died at Wirksworth Vicarage, June 5. Sedbergh School XI, 1883-1885 Christ's College (Cambridge) XI, Worcestershire XI occasionally.
CHETWYND, SIR GEORGE 4TH BART. Born May 31, 1849, died at Monte Carlo, March 10. He was in the Harrow XI, 1867, taking part in a drawn match against Eton at Lords. Christchurch (Oxford) XI. Sir George was for many years a very prominent figure in the Racing world.
CHRISTIAN, H. R. H. PRINCE FREDK. CHRISTIAN CHARLES AUGUSTUS OF SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, K.G., P.C., G.C.V.O., born January 22, 1831; died in London October 28. Very fond of the game. For many years member of M. C. C. and President of the Berks. County C.C. Had one son in the Charterhouse XI, and another in the Wellington team.
COCKIN, MR. HEREWARD KIRBY, born at Frizinghall, Yorkshire June 21, 1854, died at Guelph (Canada), June 22. Secretary of the Guelph C.C. Good fast bowler.
COPELAND, WILLIAM, died at South Shields last week of January, aged 60. Was on the ground staff at OldTrafford about 30 years ago, when he received the appointment of professional to the South Shields C.C. Played for Lancashire in 1885 and for Durham County between 1886 and 1894.
CRICHTON, MR. J. P., died at Malvern, January, aged 55. Harrogate. C.C. Good bat and change bowler.
CULLIN, MR. NATHANIEL, died at Albert Park, Melbourne, February 6, aged 74. Member of the Emerald Hill C.C for 60 years, and an old member of the South Melbourne C.C.
DE BOURBAL, CAPTAIN AUGUSTUS ALFRED (late 6th Dragon Guards) died at Bournemouth, May 15, aged 82. Harrow XI, 1853. (Served in Crimea and Indian Mutiny).
DRIFFIELD, MR. LANCELOT TOWNSHEND (Asst.-Master at St. John's School, Leatherhead), born at Old Rectory, Northampton, August 10, 1880; died suddenly at the School of heart disease, October 10. St. John's School, Leatherhead, XI, 1897-8-9; Cambridge Blue 1902. He was on the winning side at Lord's, scoring 29 in the one innings he had, but his record for Cambridge, both as bowler and batsman, was very poor. At St. John's School he did great things in 1899, scoring 910 runs with an average of 50, and taking 97 wickets for less than 11 runs each. Took seven wickets for 7 runs for Cambridge University v. M. C. C. and G., at Cambridge, 1900. Northants. XI. Member of M. C. C. since 1904. A left-hand bowler. Blue for Association football.
EDEN, MR. FREDERICK MORTON, born at Messing, Essex, November 1, 1829, died in London, March 11. Oxford XI, 1850-51. He scored 51 and 5 against Cambridge at Cowley Marsh, Oxford, in 1850, and 6 and 21 at Lord's in 1851.
ELERS, MR. FRED. WADHAM, born at Ightham, 1833, died at Tunbridge Wells, March 20. Tonbridge School XI; Trinity College (Ox.) XI. Founder of the Blue Mantles C.C. Oxford boat (cox), 1856 and 1857: at Henley, 1857 and 1858.
ELGIN AND KINCARDINE, 9TH EARL OF (VICTOR ALEXANDER BRUCE), K.G., G.C.S.I, P.C., LL.D, D.C.L, born at Monkland, near Montreal, May 16, 1849, died at Broomhall, Dunfermline, January 18. Not in Eleven while at Eton, but when Mr. Warre's House won the House Cup, in 1866, he was a member of the eleven as was Lord Harris. Captain of the Balliol (Ox.) XI. Member of M. C. C. since 1870. Viceroy of India 1894-99; Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1905-8.
EWBANK, MR. WILLIAM ADOLPHUS, died July, at Stewton, Lincolnshire. Played for Yorkshire Gentlemen's C.C.
FAIR, MR. JOHN TALBOT, died at Lytham (Lancs.) December 28, aged 70. Till shortly before his death Hon. Treasurer of the Lancashire County C.C. One of the chief promoters of the Ladies' Golf Championship.
FAULKNER, MR. ARTHUR COWLING, died at Marlow, January 18, aged 79. An old Etonian. Captained the Marlow XI for many years.
FENWICK, MR. WILLIAM, born at Wareham, Dorset, September 19, 1850, died at Arlington, New Jersey, May 16. Secretary and Treasurer of the Metropolitan District Cricket League of New York, 1892-97. Treasurer of the New York Veterans, 1908.
FIELD, MR. TOBIAS, died at Malton,Yorkshire, March 28, aged 91. A local celebrity in Yorkshire cricketing circles with the Langton Wold, Vale of Derwent and Malton Clubs, the last-named especially.
FRANCIS, MR. JOHN G., born at Badwell Ash, near Ixworth, Suffolk, February 5, 1834, died at Bury St. Edmunds, August 24, aged 83. Played his first match--for Boys of Drinkstone v. Boys of Woolpit--in 1846, at the age of 12, and scored 131. His highest innings was 172 v. Garboldisham. His first and last hundreds covered a period of 50 years. Appeared first for the Gentlemen of Suffolk at age of 19. Was captain of Suffolk for 12 years. Was selected for Gentlemen v. Players in 1863, but declined the honour. During his 49 years' playing he made 38,300 runs in 1,100 completed innings, obtaining 46 hundreds. His son, Mr. H. A. Francis, also played for Suffolk. In 1886 Suffolk cricketers presented him with a marble time-piece and a cheque of £56. He played for the Bury and West Suffolk C.C. as far on as 1903. One of his reminiscences referred to a game at Earl Soham, played late in the month of May when snow had to be cleared off the pitch before play could commence; the game was followed by a snow-balling match.
FRANCIS, DR. WILLIAM, died at Forest Gate, April 28, aged 62. Did good service for Essex 30 years ago.
FRYER, MR. FREDK. EUSTACE READE, born at Holbrook Suffolk, January 7, 1849, died in London, October 1. Harrow XI, 1867 and 1868; Cambs. XI, 1870 to 1873; captain in 1873: Suffolk 1867-83; Gentlemen v. Players, 1873-75; member of M. C. C. since 1878.
F. E. R. Fryer flourished at a time when University cricket was amazingly rich in talent, and when it attracted more public attention than in later days of numberless county matches. Among the Oxford and Cambridge batsman of his day he was not the best, never reaching the level of Yardley and Ottaway, but he stood very high in the brilliant group that came nearest to those two masters--both so great in their utterly different styles. Upright, easy and graceful, Fryer was a beautiful bat to watch--as attractive to look at as Lionel Palairet in our own time--but he wanted a good wicket. Playing a very forward game he had not the strength of defence demanded by the wickets at Lord's in the'70's. He played finely in his second match for Harrow against Eton, scoring 31 and not out 33 in 1868, but after his second days Lord's was emphatically not his ground. His best score in four University matches was 46 in 1872, and on that occasion Oxford's bowling had been mastered by Longman and Tabor before he went in. In Cambridge's matches with the M. C. C. at Lord's he failed lamentably. On the other hand he could on the true-playing wickets at the Oval and Cambridge hold his own in any company. Of the eleven scores of fifty or more credited to him in Bat v. Ball, four were obtained at Fenner's and three at the Oval. Brilliant leg hitting was always a feature of his play. I should fancy that the innings of his life was his 76 in the Gentlemen and Players of the South match at the Oval in 1871. That was a wonderful game, the Players winning--ten minutes from time--by three runs. The Gentlemen were left to get 249 in the last innings, and their chance seemed gone when they had lost five wickets--those of W. G. Grace, Walter Hadow, Yardley, Fred Grace, and I. D. Walker--for 53 runs. C. I. Thornton, however, gave a display of hitting that was extraordinary even for him, scoring 61 in forty-seven minutes, and finishing up with a six, a four, and three fives. The boundary did not extend all round the Oval in those days. The game underwent such a change that with Fryerand GeorgeStrachan well set the Gentlemen had three wickets to fall and required only 15 runs to win. Then for the first time in the innings Southerton was put on at the Gas Works end. He bowled down the last three wickets and won the match! I gather from the description in Wisden for 1872 that of all the magnificent batting in the match nothing surpassed Fryer's innings of 76. In 1870 at the Oval Fryer was concerned in another remarkable game, he and Yardley giving Cambridge a victory over Surrey by eight wickets. Fryer made 69 not out and Yardley 90 not out, the two batsman scoring 143 runs together after two wickets had fallen for 27. In the University match Fryer was on the winning side against Oxford in 1870 and 1872 and on the losing side in 1871 and 1873. He was captain of the Cambridge eleven in 1873, but he scarcely excelled in leadership. At any rate he took a dark bowler up to Lord's and only allowed him to bowl two overs in a hard-fought match that Oxford won by three wickets.
With regard to the memorable match in 1870, Mr. Herbert Troughton, who remembers every incident in the Oxford and Cambridge matches of the last fifty years or more, sends me a very interesting note. He writes Playing as he did in the immortal 1870 match, Mr. Fryer was responsible for an incident for which he has never received the credit due to him. For without this incident the magnificent batting of Dale and Yardley would have been in vain, and Cobden's sensational " hat trick" would have been impossible. This is the incident to which I refer. Oxford had gone in requiring 178 to win the match, and had scored 160 for four wickets, Ottaway being in and so well set that he looked as if he would never be got out. With the score 160 Ottaway hit a short one from Ward very hard indeed, and very low indeed, to Fryer, who was fielding at short leg, rather deep. Falling on his knees Fryer managed to grip and hold the ball, not more than a couple of inches from the ground. So low down was the catch made, that Ottaway appealed, but the umpire's decision was against the batsman, and Ottaway departed. Of the great merit of the catch there can be no question, and in my opinion it did as much for winning Cambridge the match as Dale and Yardley's batting, or Cobden's phenomenal hat trick. After leaving Cambridge, Fryer kept up his cricket for a good many seasons, dropping out quietly in the 80s. In 1878 he played for C. I. Thorton's Eleven against the Australians at the Orleans Club and, facing the bowling of Spofforth and Frank Allan for the first time, scored 61 in his best style. His only hundred in first class matches was 102 for Cambridge University v. Gentlemen of Lancashire at Cambridge in 1871. In the later years of his life Fryer took up golf with enthusiasm and became a first-rate player--one of the best, I believe, in his own district.--S.H.P.
GARNETT, CAPT. CHARLES HENRY (30th Regt.) died at Wyreside, near Lancaster, January 26, aged 74. One of the Garnett's family so prominently associated with the Free Foresters.
GRANDAGE, MR. F. W., of Whinney Field, Halifax, died on November 4, aged 53. A well known Manningham player in his day.
GRIEVE, MR. BASIL ARTHUR FRIEBRACE, died at Eastbourne on November 14, aged 53. Harrow XI, 1883, taking four wickets for 67 runs against Eton at Lord's. Member of M. C. C. since 1885.
GOUGH, MR. WILLIAM HENRY, died May 10. An old Shropshire County Cricketer.
GRANT-MEEK, MR. ALEXANDER, died at Devizes, Wilts., September 18, aged 73. Harrow XI 1861, playing for a side that included C. F. Buller, W. F. Maitland and I. D. Walker. He was in first wicket down against Eton at Lord's, but was run out for 7 and bowled for 2. The match was drawn. Magdalen College (Ox.) XI.
HADDINGTON, 11TH EARL OF, K.T, (GEORGE BAILLIE HAMILTON ARDEN), born July 26, 1827, died at Tyninghame, Prestonkirk, June 11, aged 89. Gained some distinction as a cricketer while at Oxford.
HALL, MR. JOSEPH W., died at Worksop, December 2, aged 50, Worksop Town C.C. XI.
HALL REV. RICHARD ARTHUR, born 1844, died at St. Andrew's, January 13. An old Cheltonian. Played for Warwickshire v. Free Foresters, 1877. Well-known member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
HARVEY, PREBENDARY CHAS. MUSGRAVE, of St. Paul's Cathedral. Born at Hornsey May 11, 1837; died at Ealing November 2. Charterhouse XI, 1854-55-56; played several times for Oxford in 1857 and'58, but did not get his Blue. Played for Gentlemen of Surrey.
HAVERSHAM, 1ST LORD (ARTHUR DIVETT HAYTER), born in London, August 19, 1835, died in London, May 10. Eton XI, 1851-1853. His best score in the school matches at Lord's was 32 against Winchester in 1851. Brasenose (Ox.) XI.
HAWTIN, MR. ROGER WILLIAM RAWLIN, born at Bugbrook September 30, 1880; died at Northampton, September 7. Northamptonshire XI. Highest score: 65 v. Warwickshire, at Peterborough, 1910. Useful all-round. Steady bat. Could not play often. Brother of A. P. R. Hawtin.
HENSTOCK, COL. F. T. (late West India and West African Regt), died at Bournemouth April 10, aged 55. Sandhurst XI, 1886, did not play v. R.M.A. Played for various Service teams and kept up the game in West Africa.
HINCHLIFFE, MR. J. A., died in February. Secretary of the Central Lancashire Cricket League and of the Crompton C.C. One of the founders, in 1890, of the latter body.
HOARE MR. CHAS. SUMNER, of Holmes Chapel, died suddenly whilst out shooting at Joddrell, November 14, aged 64. Tonbridge XI, 1868 and 1869. Chairman of William Deacon's Bank.
HODGSON, MR. GEORGE HARRIS, died April 15, aged 77, at St. Peter's, Saltwood, Hythe. Harrow XI, 1858. (He and H. M. Plowden got Eton out for 44, Harrow winning by an innings and 7 runs). Fast round-arm bowler and good hitter. Member of the M.C.C. since 1867.
HULL BROWN, REV. RICHARD ARTHUR (formerly Hull), born 1844; died at St. Andrews, January 13. Played for Gentlemen of Warwickshire and Incogniti. For the former he made 127 v. Gentlemen of Lancashire in 1870 and for the Incogniti, 109 not out v. Shropshire in 1874.
HURDITCH, MR. CHARLES PERCY, born at St. John's Wood, February, 1, 1869; died at Madras, of typhoid, January 24. St. Paul's School XI. In America played for the Belmont C.C. (of Philadelphia), the New Jersey A.C., Staten Island, Knickerbocker A.C. (of New York), and Los Angeles C.C. (of California). Played for Jamaica v. R. S. Lucas' team. In England he assisted the Twickenham C.C. and the Wanderers. He was a fine forcing bat and an excellent wicket keeper. In making 160 for Twickenham v. Putney, at Twickenham, in June 1911, he hit thirty 4's.
JONES, HON. SIR LYMAN MELVIN, born at Ontario September 21, 1843; died in Toronto April 15. Toronto C.C. Mayor of Winnipeg 1887 and 1888.
JUNGKURTH, MR. ALEXANDER G., killed in motor accident, August 24. Formerly professional at Manheim and St. Martin's. Played for the British-American C.C., of Philadelphia.
KAYE, LIEUT-COL. JAMES LEVETT, late of the Political Dept. of the Government of India. Died at Knightsbridge, November 17, aged 55. Winchester XI, 1878-79-80.
LAMPARD, MR. FREDK. JOHN FORDER, died May 15, aged 61. For many years captain of the Gray's Inn C.C.
LANE, GEORGE, born at Kimberley, Notts., July 25, 1853; died on the Merion ground, Philadelphia, July 31. In 1878 played for XXII Colts of Notts v. The County XI; and in 1881 played in three matches for Notts. A left-hand bowler and bat. Professional to the Staten Island A.C. 1879-80, and for many years was engaged by the Merion C.C. His highest innings was 140 not out for Single v. Married (professionals) at Philadelphia, 1885.
LANE, MR. JOHN HENRY HERVEY VINCENT, of King's Bromley Manor, Lichfield, died February 22, aged 49. A keen cricketer and a member of M.C.C. since 1900. A direct descendant of Mr. Thomas Lane, the country gentleman who assisted Charles II to escape after the Battle of Worcester.
LAWRENCE, CHAS., born at Hoxton (Middlesex), December 16, 1828; died at Melbourne January 6. Surrey XI, 1854 and 1857--qualified by residence at Mitcham. Played for Middlesex by birth. He went to Australia with H. H. Stephenson's Eleven, 1861-2. At the end of the tour he settled in Sydney and accepted an engagement with the Albert Club. Played for New South Wales in five games v. Victoria, taking 25 wickets (aver. 10.84) and averaging 10.22 with bat. for XXII of N.S.W. v. England in 1863-4 he took ten wickets for 90--four for 42 and six for 48. He coached the Aboriginal team and came to England with them in 1868. As for back as 1846 he was engaged by the Perth C.C., and in 1851 by the Phoenix C.C. of Dublin. While in Dublin he was Secretary of the United All Ireland XI, which body he formed. For many seasons--to the end of 1898--he was coach to the Melbourne C.C. For 24 years was in the service of the New South Wales Government, retiring at the age of 63 through ill-health. Lawrence was an excellent judge of the game and keen on it to the last.
He played a single-wicket match against a Bendigo man, who had eleven to field. Each man made 0 and 0, but, the Bendigo man bowling a wide Lawrence won by one run. The score is not given is Scores and Biographies or Hammersley's Guide.
LEGH, MR. ARTHUR CORNWALL, died suddenly November 12, aged 45. Clerk to the M.C.C. Committee.
LITTLEWOOD, GEORGE H., born May 12, 1882, at Friarmere (Yorks.), died at Oldham December 20. Played for Lancashire a few times, and v. Australians at Liverpool in 1902 took 12 wickets for 98. Bowled slow left-hand. Useful bat. Played later as a professional for Accrington, and as an amateur for Crompton.
LONDESBOROUGH, 2ND EARL OF, K.C.V.O. (Wm. Francis Henry Denison), born December 30, 1864; died at Bournemouth, October 30. Member of M.C.C. since 1888. President of the Club in 1910, and had served on Committee. Identified with the Scarborough Festival. Member of Yorkshire County C.C.
LYALL, MR. DAVID ROBERT, C.S.I., born in Forfarshire November 24, 1841; died at Taunton 1st week of January, Edinburgh Academy: captain of XI.
MCLACHLAN, MR. ALFRED, died at Stockport at end of October. An excellent bowler in his time, playing for Manchester and Stockport against the South of England XI, and against the Australians in 1878. A trustee of the Stockport C.C.
MASON, MR. MICHAEL, born February 21, 1825, died at Colwick House, Notts, November 17. The oldest member of the Notts County C.C., on the Committee of which he had served. He was interested in Notts cricket before the opening of the Trent Bridge ground in 1838, among the famous players he saw in his young days being Marsden, Dearman, Redgate, Jas. Broadbridge, Brown (of Sussex), Cobbett, Tom Beagley, and Caldecourt.
MASSEY, MR. WILLIAM MORTON, born at Ottawa, June 7, 1867: died at Montreal, April 26. Dollar Academy XI: in last two years took 76 wickets (average 3.4), and 66 wickets (aver. 4.6) Stirling County XI; Clackmannan XI; Quebec C.C.: for 20 years captain and secretary of eleven clubs. In 1902 he took 102 wickets for 4.20 each.
MILNER, MR. GEORGE TAYLOR, died September 17, aged 72. A staunch supporter of the Northumberland County C.C. Two of his sons played for the County.
NEWNHAM-DAVIES, LIEUT. COL. NATHANIEL, born in London, November 6, 1854; died in London, May 28. not in the XI at Harrow, and not known as a player. Wrote a delightful chapter for The history of Kent Cricket on The Old Stagers, with whom he was associated long an prominently. He was an officer of the Military Guard over German prisoners at Alexandra Palace.
NIGHTINGALE, MR. JAMES, died at Reigate, February 9, aged 76. For 40 years Hon. Sec. of the Reigate Priory C.C.
NORFOLK, 15TH DUKE OF (HENRY FITZALAN-HOWARD), K.G., G.C.V.O., P.C. Born in London, December 27, 1847; died in London, February 11. Patron of the Yorkshire County C.C. and President of Sussex at the time of his death.
OSWALD, MR. JOHN, born June 12, 1856; died in London, May 1. In the Eton XI, 1875 against Winchester, but did not play at Lord's against Harrow; Brasenose College, Ox., XI. Represented Oxford at tennis (singles and doubles) in 1876 and 1877, and at chess in 1876. Member of M.C.C. since 1877.
OUTERBRIDGE, MR ALBERT A., born April 20, 1841; died January 23. Prominently identified with the game in the States for many years. Had much to do with the arrangements of Willsher's team ( 1868), Fitzgerald's ( 1872), the Australian team ( 1878), Daft's ( 1879), Gentlemen of Ireland ( 1879), and the International Games v Canada.
PALLET, HENRY JAMES, born at Birmingham, January 2, 1863; died June 18. His earliest feats of note were for the Aston Unity C.C. Played for Warwickshire 1883 to 1898: slow to medium pace bowler, and excellent on slow wickets. Towards the end of the'80's Pallet was very good indeed, he and Shilton forming a capital combination. The two bowlers, together with Lilley as wicket keeper did much to secure Warwickshire's promotion to the first-class. Pallet had a nice easy action, great accuracy and, when at his best, a lot of spin. He was also useful as a batsman. In his later years he became coach to Mitchell and Butler's West Bromwich, and Dartmouth and Nettlefold's (Birmingham). Altogether he took 958 wickets for Warwickshire--296 of these in first class matches for 21.50 runs each.
PLATTEN, MR. GEORGE, died at Hunstanton, Norfolk, in April aged 85. For many years secretary of the Hunstanton C.C. Played at different times for Lynn, Holkham, Fakenham, and Norfolk. Good slow bowler.
POCHIN, MR. EDWARD CARLYON, died suddenly on his way to Appleby Railway Station, August 13, aged 48. Repton XI, 1886; Caius (Camb.) XI.
RICHARDS, WALTER, born at Balsall Heath, September 28, 1865; died at Hollywood, near Birmingham, October 14. Warwickshire 1883-1896. Best scores: 120 not out v. Yorks, at Edgbaston, 1889; 113 not out v. Hampshire, at Edgbaston, 1889; and 102 not out v. Cheshire, at Edgbaston, 1890. A stylish bat and fine field. It was a misfortune for Richards that he played most of his cricket before Warwickshire became a first-class county. Well-known as an excellent umpire in his later years.
RUSHTON, REV. JOSEPH, born at Colne (Lancs.) died at Chicago February 20, aged 68. St. Augustine's College (Canterbury). For many years umpired in leading games in the Chicago Cricket Association Championship.
SCOTT, MR. ROBERT. Died last week of May. Drumhellier C.C., about 35 years ago. Helped to dismiss Shaw's Australian team at Coatbridge for 32. Very successful bowler 1882-89. Played for Glasgow v. Edinburgh and in representative Scottish matches.
SESHA CHARI, MR. KILVIDI, born in Madras, January 2, 1875; died of pneumonia, at Calcutta, January 25. Best wicket-keeper India ever produced. Came to England with the All- India team in 1911.
SHALDERS, MR. WILLIAM A., born February 10, 1880; died at Cradock, Cape Province, March 18. Griqualand West XI: Transvaal XI; played for South Africa in Test matches v. England and Australia. Was a member of the teams that came to England in 1904 and 1907. Without being one of the stars of the famous South African side in 1907, Shalders was a very useful bat. He played an innings of 108 against Hampshire, and came out sixth on the list for the whole tour, getting 747 runs in 22 matches, with an average of just under 22. His best scores in the three Test games were 31 and not out 24 at the Oval. For the 1904 team he had an excellent record, scoring 842 runs and averaging 27. As his biggest innings was 81 his figures meant very consistent work.
SHREWSBURY, ARTHUR, JUN., nephew of the famous Arthur Shrewsbury. Born at Nottingham July 4, 1874; died at Nottingham, October 6. Played in three matches for Notts in 1892, and against Sussex at Brighton made 13 not out and 31 not out.
SIDNEY, MR. THOMAS STAFFORD, K.C., Attorney-General Leeward Islands. Died in Liverpool November 16, aged 54. Author of `W.G.' up to date, published at Ootacamund in 1896. Member of M.C.C. since 1888.
SINKINS, COL. W. S., died at Southampton--suicide (ill-health)--April 24, aged 74. A staunch supporter of Hampshire cricket and a vice-President of the Hampshire County C.C.
SMITH, CANON THE REV. GEO. MABERLY, born 1831, died at Henley-on-Thames in November, aged 86. Captain of Tonbridge School XI in 1848 and 1849. In XI at Caius College, Cambridge.
SMITH, MR. CHARLES EASTLAKE., died at Sydenham, January 10, aged 66. Rossall XI, 1868-69-70. Crystal Palace C.C. Centre-forward for England v. Scotland in 1876. Cousin of G. O. Smith.
STUART, CANON EDWARD ALEXANDER, died at The Precincts, Canterbury, aged 63. Captain of the Harrow XI in 1872, he was on the losing side against Eton at Lord's scoring 1 and 17. St. John's College (Camb.) XI.
SYKES, DR. R. P., of Formby, died March 5, aged 62. A former captain of the Edinburgh University XI, and for about ten years captain of the Formby C.C. Played for XVIII of the Stanley (Liverpool) C.C. v. Australians, in August, 1878.
TROTT, MR. GEORGE HENRY (`HARRY') STEVENS, born August 5, 1866; died at Melbourne, November 12. Came to England in 1888, 1890, 1893, and 1896.
Australia has produced greater cricketers than Harry Trott, but in his day he held a place in the front rank of the world's famous players. He was a first-rate bat, a fine field at point, and his leg breaks made him a very effective change bowler. Four times he came to England--first in 1888, again in 1890 and 1893, and, finally, in 1896, when he had the honour of captaining the team. As a leader in the field he perhaps gained even more distinction than as an all-round player. Ranjitsinhji considered him a better captain than Darling, and beyond that praise could hardly go. The personal popularity that Harry Trott enjoyed in 1896 wherever he went was remarkable. One is inclined to think that no Australian captain before or since, was liked so much by his opponents. By sheer force of character he overcame the disadvantages involved in lack of education, and won the warm regard of men with whom, apart from the comradeship of the cricket field, he had nothing in common. In managing his team he owed much to his equable temper and innate tact. Knowing all the little weaknesses and vanities of the men under his command, he believed in a policy of kindly encouragement. Never outwardly disturbed by the state of the game, he could inspire even the most despondent with something of his own cheerfulness. He played cricket in the best possible spirit, taking victory and defeat with the same calm philosophy.
No better loser was ever seen that Harry Trott at the end of the Test match at the Oval in 1896. It was the disappointment of his life, as the result decided the rubber in England's favour, but he was full of praise for the way in which Peel and J. T. Hearne had made the most of a horribly difficult wicket. In the England match at Lord's the same season Trott played his finest innings, he and Sydney Gregory enabling Australia to make a most creditable fight in face of overwhelming odds. Against Tom Richardson's bowling on a wicket of lightning pace Trott trusted to the strength of his back play and was justified by success. His method recalled the way in which Daft and Bob Carpenter used to withstand the fastest bowling at Lord's on the much rougher wickets of the early'60's. Trott made 143 and Gregory 103, the two batsmen putting on 221 runs for the fourth wicket in Australia's second innings. Trott's play was almost flawless, but the Englishmen felt certain that Hayward caught him in the slips with his score at 61. Perhaps next to this 143 the best innings Trott ever played in this country was his 92 against England at the Oval in 1893. Trott, who had been in ill-health for some time before his death, was the elder brother of the late Albert Trott, who for many years played so brilliantly for Middlesex.--S.H.P. Serious illness practically ended Trott's career after the Australian season of 1897-8.
TROTTER, MR. J. J., died July 9. Royal High School, F.P.'s, 1889, etc. In 1889, when he took 104 wickets for 5.12 runs each, he took five in 5 balls v. Gala. In 1895 he did the hat trick in each of the first three matches played by the School. Played in representative Scottish games. An excellent bowler: later a very useful bat.
TYLER, EDWIN JAMES, born at Kidderminster, October 13, 1866; died at Taunton, January 21. Tyler will always be remembered for the share he had in securing Somerset's promotion to first-class rank in 1891, and his effective bowling in the seasons that immediately followed, when Somerset, with S. M. J. Woods and Lionel Palairet at their best, had such a strong and attractive team. In his own style Tyler was a remarkable left-handed bowler. So slow was his pace that unless he had had a good head and great command of length first-rate batsmen would have hit him all over the field. As it was he made even the best batsmen respect him, and on occasions he did great things. Though never ranking with Rhodes and Blythe he had a highly successful career. On the question of his delivery there is no need to say very much. It was fortunate for him that he came out at a time when great laxity prevailed with regard to throwing. He was too slow to hurt anybody, and so his action, though often talked about, passed muster for many years. Had he appeared after the captains of the first-class counties had taken the matter of unfair bowling into their own hands, things might not have gone so pleasantly for him. One may say this without doing him any injustice. Many offenders, ten times worse than Tyler, were allowed to pursue their evil courses quite unchecked till the hour of reform arrived. Tyler played much of his early cricket for the Kidderminster Club, and for two years--1885 and 1886--he was in the Worcestershire eleven, bowling with marked success in 1885. Then came his connection with Somerset and his fame as a slow bowler. Personally Tyler was very popular, his genial nature gaining him friends wherever he went.--S.H.P.
UPCHER, MR. HARRY BERNERS, died at Saham Watton, November 22, aged 73. An old Reptonian. Played for Trinity College, Cambridge; in 1865 for Neat 18 v. The XI of the University; and in 1866 for 18 of Trinity College v. All England XI. Played for Gentlemen of Northants in 1871. A good defender and sure rungetter.
VEARS, MR. A. W., died June 13, at Gloucester, aged 67. A former Committeeman of the Gloucestershire County C.C.
WISE, MR. ARTHUR JOHN, died at Nafferton, Yorks. in November. For many years a member of the Ripon XI. Played for Harrogate and District v. Australians in 1880.
WISTER, MR. JONES. Last of the well-known American brotherhood. Born February 9, 1839; died August 31. Helped in the organization of the German town C.C. Highest score--116 not out for G. S. Patterson's XI v. Dr. Cadwalader's XI in 1888.
WOODS, CAPT. HARRIS D. L., brother of S. M. J. Died at Manley (N.S.W.), June 5. A resolute hitter.
WARDILL, MAJOR BENJAMIN JOHNSON, born at Everton, Liverpool, October 15, 1842; died at Melbourne, October 17. Sec. to Melbourne C.C., 1878 to 1910, when he retired owing to ill-health in 1878 there were only 400 members, but in 1910 between 5,000 and, 6,000. He was Manager of the Australian teams in England in 1886, 1899 and 1902. Went to Australia at age of 19, and in his young days was useful cricketer. Played for XXII of Victoria v. Parr's Team at Melbourne, and kept wicket for Victoria and the Melbourne C.C. For Victoria v. XVI of Tasmania in 1865-6, he caught two and stumped two. Played for the Australians in 1886 v. XI of the South of England at Hastings and scored 17. He did much to popularise rifle-shooting in Australia, and was himself a splendid shot. Was one of the Victorians who visited Wimbledon in 1876 on their way to compete at the first Rifle Competition at Creedmore, U.S.A. during the Philadelpia Exhibition, Major Wardell was very fond of England, and came here more than once on visits after the tour of 1902. As manager for the Australians he had rather a trying experience in 1886, when the players did not get on well together, but he thoroughly enjoyed his subsequent trips.
WELLS-COLE, MR. GERVAS, FREDERIC, father of N. W. Wells Cole of the Winchester XI, Sec. Of Blakeney Hunt. Born at Brigg, in Lincolnshire, October 26, 1860: died at Stones Place, Skellingthorpe, March 2. In one season he made over 3,000 runs. Was in Winchester XI, 1878 and 1879, but did not get his blue at Cambridge; played for Freshmen (1880) and Seniors; Jesus College (Camb.) XI in 1881--when he scored 105 v. Emmanuel, 127 v. Emmanuel (return) and 105 v. Magdalen, all in May, his average being 55.5. Played for Lincolnshire for many years.
Succeeded Mr. Clement Booth as captain of Lincolnshire. Was also for some years Chairman of the County C.C. Committee. Took a prominent part in the resuscitation of the County Club in 1906. Apart from his activities as a cricketer Mr. Wells-Cole was well-known football player.
WILD, MR. FREDERICK, born at Sheffield, December, 1856; died July 3, at Pullman (Illinois). Went to America in 1882. In 1878 played for XVIII of Longsight v. Australians. Represented the Western Cricket Association in 1886. Pullman C.C. A good bat and excellent judge of the game.
WILKIE, MR. DANIEL, born in Melbourne, December 1, 1843; died about June. One of the most genial of men. Slow underhand bowler. Captain of the Melbourne University XI. Made the first hundred ever hit for the East Melbourne C.C. Captain of East Melbourne 1861-75.Played for Victoria v. New South Wales. For Victoria v. XVI of Tasmania, at Launceston, 1865-6, his analyses were 7 wickets for 15 runs and 11 for 12--altogether 18 for 27. Later played for the St. Kilda C.C. He was the best-known of four cricketing brothers.
WINTERBURN, MR. GEORGE E., died at New Bedford, Mass., March 6, aged 46. A former President of the New Bedford C.C. and one of the best-known players in New England.
WOOLRYCH, REV. HERBERT RIVERS, born 1858; died at Three Bridges, August 30. Rossall XI, 1876 and 1877; Pembroke College. Head Master of Blackheath School, 1895-1905.
Particulars of the following Deaths were not received in time for inclusion in WISDENS ALMANACK FOR 1917:--
CRAWLEY, REV. CHARLES DAVID, died at Crondall, June 12, 1915, aged 80. Harrow XI, 1853 and 1854, Christchurch (Ox.) XI., He was a good bat, scoring 30 and 11 against Winchester at Lord's and 18 and 6 against Eton in 1854. Harrow won both matches.
DODDS, MR. NORMAN (son of the Lord Chief Justice of Tasmania), died at Hobart early in February, 1916. Excellent wicket-keeper a good bat with many strokes. Played District Cricket for Wellington, Derwent, North Hobart and New Town, and headed the averages in 1902-3 and 1906-7: he averaged 90.16 in 1906-7, 75.33 in 1902-3, 63.20. in 1909-10 and 63.16 in 1908-9. Scored 81 for Tasmania v. Victoria, at Melbourne 1907-8 and 80 not out for The Australian XI v. Rest of Australia at Melbourne the next season, hitting fifteen 4's in the latter innings, which lasted only 65 minutes and was chanceless. That year he was nearly chosen for the visit to England. He and W. Ward added 122 for the tenth wicket of Tasmania v. Victoria, at Hobart, in 1898-9.
EATON, MR. GEORGE HENRY, died September 7, 1916, aged 74. Formerly well-known in Manchester circles.
HOLROYD, SIR EDWARD DUNDAS, born January 25, 1828, died at East St. Kilda, Victoria, and January 5, 1916. Winchester XI, 1846. As he went in first against Eton and Harrow at Lord's he was presumably a good bat. Late Senior Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
JENKINS, MR. WM. HENRY PHILLIPS, died at Frenchay Park, near Bristol, December 26, 1916, aged 74. Well-known Free Forester.
LANGHAM, MR. FRANCIS NATHANIEL, born June 9, 1841; died at Creaton, Northants, August 23, 1916. Eton XI, 1858 and 1859. Trinity Coll. (Camb.) XI. He played an innings of 53 against Winchester at Eton in 1859.
LETCHER, MR. CHARLES, died in West Australia, November, 1916. Left-hand bowler, just over medium pace--the best for some years in Boyle and Scottmatches in Melbourne. Later he headed the East Melbourne averages, and altogether for that Club he took 224 wickets (average 11.87). Took five wickets for 63 runs for XVI of East Melbourne v. Lord Sheffield's team, 1891-2.
SAXTON, MR. GEORGE SHADWELL, died August 24, 1915. Wicket-keeper for Clifton College 1877. Went to Ceylon early in 1879, and was for many years one of the best bats there. He played for the Gentlemen of Devon and Old Cliftonians when on leave in England.