Full Name

Alonzo Drake


April 16, 1884, Parkgate, Rotherham, Yorkshire


February 14, 1919, Honley, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, (aged 34y 304d)

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

The death took place on February 14 of this well-known Yorkshire cricketer at his home at Westgate, Hanley, near Huddersfield. He was in his 35th year. Drake--left-handed both as batsmen and bowler--first found a place in the Yorkshire team in 1909, having previously played for the second eleven. Tried in five matches, he showed distinct promise, but in the following season he fell below expectation, and it was not until 1911 that he firmly established himself in the side. In that season he had a batting average of 35 in county matches, and took 61 wickets. Thenceforward, until the outbreak of the war put a stop to first-class cricket, he was one of the best men in the Yorkshire eleven. In 1913 he came right to the front as a bowler, taking 102 wickets and heading the Yorkshire averages with the late M. W. Booth next to him. Finally, in 1914, he bowled better than ever, taking 135 wickets and being again practically at the head of the averages. Eclipsing everything he had previously done, he took all ten Somerset wickets in one innings at Weston-super-Mare, his analysis for the full match being fifteen wickets for 51 runs. For some little time before his death he was in a bad state of health. On a wicket that helped him he was a very difficult bowler, and in 1914 he seemed likely to have a big future. He was born at Parkgate, near Rotherham, April 16, 1884.


8 in inns. for 59 Yorkshire v. Gloucestershire, at Sheffield 1913
10 in inns. for 35 Yorkshire v. Somerset, at Weston-super-Mare 1914
15 in match for 51
5 for 10 Yorkshire v. Western, at Glasgow 1910
4 for 4a Yorkshire v. Somerset, at Bath 1913
7 for 7c
5 for 6 Yorkshire v. Derbyshire, at Chesterfield 1914
3 wkts. in 4 balls Yorkshire v. Middlesex, at Leeds 1909
4 wkts. in 6 balls
3 wkts. in 3 balls† Yorkshire v. Essex, at Huddersfield 1912
4 wkts. in 7 balls
4 wkts. in 4 balls Yorkshire v. Derbyshire, at Chesterfield 1914
3 wkts. in 4 balls Yorkshire v. Lancashire, at Hull 1914
a signifies 1st innings; c both.
†In this match he at one period took 5 wickets for 0 runs.


With Booth, for Yorkshire v. Gloucestershire, at Bristol 1914
With Booth, for Yorkshire v. Somerset, at Weston-super-Mare 1914
The above were consecutive Yorkshire matches.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
Debut/Last Matches - Player
FC Matches
1909 - 1914