Rony Stanyforth      

Full name Ronald Thomas Stanyforth

Born May 30, 1892, Chelsea, London

Died February 20, 1964, Kirk Hammerton Hall, Yorkshire (aged 71 years 266 days)

Major teams England, Oxford University, Yorkshire

Also known as Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Stanyforth

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Ronald Thomas Stanyforth
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 4 6 1 13 6* 2.60 0 0 0 7 2
First-class 61 79 16 1092 91 17.33 0 6 72 21
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 61 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 28-Feb 1, 1928 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1914 - 1933

By the death of Lieut.-Colonel R. T. Stanyforth in February cricket lost a great and staunch adherent. Many cricketers in all parts of the world lost a wonderful friend and companion. Rony Stanyforth was a cricketer all his days, in the Eton XI of 1911 and narrowly missing a Blue on going up to Oxford thereafter. A very well-known player in Army and Club cricket, he was invited to go to South America with Plum Warner in 1926 and so impressed his captain that he was asked to accompany G. R. Jackson, as vice-captain, to South Africa the following year. When Jackson fell ill he was appointed to lead the side. A man of strong character, he found an ideal head professional in Ernest Tyldesley, and few teams can have travelled as harmoniously as we of the MCC in 1927/8. Our first official function was a lunch in Cape Town at which we heard our captain make his first serious speech. In replying, General Smuts said, in the most graceful terms, that, whilst he expected decent sentiments from honest athletes, he was totally unprepared for oratory on the plane to which he had just listened. It was a tribute earned on every occasion upon which Stanyforth spoke. It was my good fortune to make many cricketing trips with Rony Stanyforth, to Holland, Egypt and to Germany. With his humour, warmth and fibre he was the most entertaining and convivial team-mate yet as captain, though unobtrusively, very much in command of the situation. In the affairs of cricket the same qualities made him a splendid administrator, dauntless in what he regarded as being right, whether popular or not. Wherever he went he had a most unusual quality of commanding respect as well as deep affection. It is pleasant to record that when he revisited South Africa in recent years he received a welcome which greatly moved and delighted him. Those who, as young men, travelled with him on his original visit have special cause to mourn.
Ian Peebles, The Cricketer

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RT Stanyforth

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Rony Stanyforth, the former England captain

Rony Stanyforth, the former England captain

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