George Davenport

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GEORGE DAVENPORT, whose death took place at Nantwich on October 4th, was for many years a well-known member of the ground staff at Lord's. A capable batsman and a wicket-keeper of some merit, he was born in May, 1860, and thus was in his forty-third year at the time of his death. He had dropped out of prominence for some time, but in 1890 he scored 158 not out for M.C.C. against Derbyshire. He did capital work for Cheshire in the eighties, one of his most notable successes being an innings of 119 not out against the M.C.C. and Ground in 1885, the club bowlers on that occasion including William Mycroft, George Hay, and Pickett. Other good scores he made-at a time when run-getting was not so heavy as it has been of late years-were 52 not out for Cheshire against the M.C.C. and Ground at Lord's in 1884, 64 for Cheshire against Lancashire at Manchester in 1886, when he had Briggs, Barlow, and Watson against him, and 57 for M.C.C. and Ground v. Essex, at Lord's in 1896.

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