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Frank Druce      

Full name Norman Frank Druce

Born January 1, 1875, Denmark Hill, London

Died October 27, 1954, Milford on Sea, Hampshire (aged 79 years 299 days)

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 9 0 252 64 28.00 0 1 0 5 0
First-class 66 105 8 3416 227* 35.21 9 12 66 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 66 528 268 8 1/8 33.50 3.04 66.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 13-17, 1897 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 26-Mar 2, 1898 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1894 - 1913

Norman Frank Druce, who died at Milford, Surrey, on October 27, aged 79, was a celebrated batsman and slip fieldsman towards the end of the last century. Like his elder brother, W. G. Druce, he captained both Marlborough and Cambridge University. From 1891 to 1893 he was in the Marlborough XI, leading the side in the last season, and he played in the University match in 1894 and the three following years, being captain in 1897. He averaged 66 for Cambridge in 1897, an unprecedented performance, and Wisden said of him: He plays his own game without any rigid over-adherence to rule, scoring on the on-side from straight balls in a fashion only possible to a batsman with genius for timing. In that season he hit 227 not out out--the highest innings to that date at Fenner's--against C. I. Thornton's team. Twice in 1895 he appeared for Gentlemen against Players, and in 1895 he assisted Surrey without achieving anything of note. When playing for the county in 1897 he did better, though never reproducing the form he showed for his University. He visited America with Frank Mitchell's team in 1895 and went to Australia under A. E. Stoddart in 1897-98, when he scored 109 against New South Wales at Sydney.
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