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George Strachan      

Full name George Strachan

Born November 21, 1850, Prestbury, Gloucestershire

Died December 29, 1901, Middelburg, Transvaal, South Africa (aged 51 years 38 days)

Major teams Gloucestershire, Middlesex, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow

Education Cheltenham College

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 99 159 17 2014 84 14.18 0 94 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 99 9391+ 3344+ 182 6/31 18.68* 2.13 52.4* 7 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1870 - 1882
Profile

George Strachan, who thirty years ago was one of the finest all-round players in the world, died from fever in January, whilst in charge of one of the concentration camps in the Transvaal. Scores and Biographies (Vol. XI., p. 95) says of him:-- "Is a capital batsmen, being a quick and lively hitter, and on several occasions has made excellent displays. As a field, at long-leg or cover-point, he is not to be excelled, indeed, many have pronounced him to be the best out in those positions.... He is also a pretty good slow round-armed bowler". From 1872, until 1880, he assisted the Gentlemen in their matches against the Players, and at The Oval, in 1875, he performed the extraordinary feat of bowling 39 balls for no runs and five wickets. In his early days he appeared for Gloucestershire, Surrey and Middlesex, and it was the desire to see him properly qualified for Surrey that led to the formulation of a regular system of qualification for county cricket in 1873. He assisted Surrey from 1872 until 1875, and again from 1877 until 1880, generally captaining the side, but afterwards appeared in the ranks of Gloucestershire, for which county he possessed a birth qualification, having been born at Prestbury, near Cheltenham, November 21st, 1850. He was educated at Cheltenham, and captained the cricket and football teams, besides representing the College at racquets.
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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Glamorgan at Chester-le-Street - Jun 19-22
Glamorgan 295 & 263 Durham 402 & 54/0 (10 ov, target 157)
Essex v Warwickshire at Chelmsford - Jun 19-22
Essex won by an innings and 164 runs
Lancashire v Hampshire at Manchester - Jun 19-22
Lancashire won by an innings and 30 runs
Worcs v Kent at Worcester - Jun 19-22
Kent 260 & 474 Worcs 336 & 339/2 (73.4 ov, target 399)
Only unofficial Test: Eng Lions v Sth Africa A at Canterbury - Jun 21-24
Eng Lions 386 Sth Africa A 100/0 (25 ov)
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