Ciss Parkin      

Full name Cecil Harry Parkin

Born February 18, 1886, Eaglescliffe, Co Durham

Died June 15, 1943, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancashire (aged 57 years 117 days)

Major teams England, Lancashire, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Son - RH Parkin

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 10 16 3 160 36 12.30 0 0 1 3 0
First-class 197 239 33 2425 57 11.77 0 4 126 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 10 16 2095 1128 32 5/38 7/169 35.25 3.23 65.4 1 2 0
First-class 197 41293 18434 1048 9/32 17.58 2.67 39.4 93 27
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 17-22, 1920 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 14-17, 1924 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1906 - 1926

Ciss Parkin was by any reckoning something of an oddball. The livewire of the dressing-room, his comic talents and conjuring tricks kept team-mates - and often the spectators - amused. But had a knack of upsetting people as well by expressing his outspoken views. His England career was nipped in the bud when he criticised Arthur Gilligan, the captain, in a newspaper article. Two years later his county career finished in equally acrimonious circumstances with a public - and bitter- falling out with the Lancashire committee. But on the field he was a devastating offspinner, always ready to experiment with speed, flight and guile. This led to regular spats with captains who struggled to set fields to Parkin's requirements. He played once for Yorkshire in 1906 before it was discovered he had been born 20 yards outside the county, and spent the next eight seasons in league and minor county cricket. In 1914, aged 28, he made his Lancashire debut, taking 14 Leicestershire wickets, but his second coming was nipped in the bud by the Great War. It was not until he was almost 35, in 1921, that he became a fulltime cricketer, and in that year he topped the averages against the all-conquering Australians. After leaving Lancashire he returned to league cricket with inevitable success.
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