Obituary

Edward Street

STREET, ALFRED EDWARD, who died at Budleigh Salterton on February 18, aged 80, played for Surrey from 1892 to 1898, scoring 1,304 runs, average 22.48. A useful cricketer and a friend of W. G. Grace, he might have played more regularly for the county had not Surrey during this period been specially rich in batting talent. Born at Godalming on July 7, 1871, "Jim" Street was the son of the former Surrey fast bowler, James Street.

On his first appearance he created a most favourable impression by helping Hayward in a stand of 95 against the Australian touring side of 1893, and in 1895 he hit 161 not out from the Leicestershire bowling at Leicester. Twice he was concerned in "tie" matches. In 1894, when Surrey carried off the County Championship, they "tied" with Lancashire at The Oval, Street distinguishing himself by scoring 48 in a first innings of 97. Then, during a long career as a first-class umpire, during which he stood in an England v. Australia Test match, he became involved in a controversy because of what Wisden then described as "a regrettable incident." In the match with Somerset at Taunton in 1919 the scores stood level with one Sussex wicket to fall and the remaining batsman, Heygate, crippled with rheumatism. It was understood at the start of the innings that Heygate would not be able to bat, but as some doubt existed as to whether he would be able to go in a Somerset player appealed to Street on the ground that the two minutes time limit had been exceeded. Street thereupon pulled up the stumps and the match was officially recorded as a "tie." This incident gave rise to much discussion and was at length referred to the M.C.C., who upheld Street's decision.

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