Full name John Henry Sneyd Hunt
Born November 24, 1874, Kensington, London
Died September 16, 1916, near Ginchy, France (aged 41 years 297 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Winchester College; Oxford University
|First-class span||1902 - 1912|
John Hunt was a right-arm fast bowler and middle-order batsman from Winchester who failed to make the XI at his school or at Oxford but went to play regularly as an amateur for Middlesex between 1902 and 1912. He played hockey for Surrey.
Details with regard to the death of Mr. Hunt have never been published. Place and date are unknown, but his friends have long given up hope that he is sill alive. Mr. Hunt was a very good all-round cricketer and so full of enthusiasm for the game that he was more valuable on a side than many players of greater natural gifts. He was a very plucky punishing bat, a useful change bowler - right hand fast - and a brilliant fieldsman wherever he was placed. He played his first match for Middlesex in 1902--a disastrous year for the county--making his first appearance in the Whit-Monday fixture against Somerset. After an interval of over 15 years one recalls his undisguised delight when on being tried as second change, he took a wicket with the first ball he bowled. In his second innings he hit up 60, but in his four subsequent matches for Middlesex in 1902 he did next to nothing with either bat or ball. In 1903, however, when Middlesex won the County Championship he proved his worth as a batsman, getting an average of 27 with 57 as his highest score. It cannot be said that during his connection with Middlesex he improved as a batsman on his early efforts, but he headed the bowling in 1908, taking thirteen wickets in five matches with an average of 19 runs a wicket. His highest innings in first-class cricket was 128 in the Gentlemen v. Players Match at the Oval in 1904--the very unsatisfactory match in which two changes were made in the Gentlemen's team after the first day.
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