Obituary

Rev. Walter Fellows

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The REV. WALTER FELLOWS, who was born at Rickmansworth, in Hertfordshire, on February 23rd, 1834, died at Toorak Parsonage, near Melbourne, July 23. He was educated at Westminster and Oxford, and is described in Scores and Biographies (IV. 471) as " a hard slashing hitter, and a tremendous fast round-armed bowler." He was younger brother of Mr. Harvey Fellows, who still, happily, survives. For Westminster against Rugby, at Westminster, in 1852, he obtained nine wickets in the first innings and six in the second, but was on the losing side, Westminster making only 19 and 11, against Rugby's scores of 114 and 129. Although Mr. Fellows' bowling was effective, it was certainly expensive, as there were 15 byes in the first innings, and 27 in the second. Moreover, he bowled 30 wides, thereby giving away as many runs as Westminster made in their two innings combined.

For four years he assisted Oxford against Cambridge, namely from 1854 to 1857, and made scores of 33, 0 and 5, 35 and 30 (the highest in each innings), 24 and 3. In the 1855 match he bowled 12 overs for 6 runs and 2 wickets. In 1855 and the two following years he appeared for the Gentlemen against the Players, at Lord's, participating in the match in which Reginald Hankey played his historical innings of 70. Whilst at practice on the Christ Church Ground, at Oxford, in 1856, Mr. Fellows hit a ball, bowled by Rogers, a distance of 175 yards from hit to pitch, the length of the drive being carefully measured by E. Martin, the ground-keeper. In 1863 he emigrated to Australia, and joined the Melbourne Club the following year. He was interested in the game to the last. Height, 5ft. 1lins., and playing weight as much as 17st. 41bs.

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