Andrew Stoddart      

Full name Andrew Ernest Stoddart

Born March 11, 1863, Westoe, South Shields, Co Durham

Died April 4, 1915, St John's Wood, London (aged 52 years 24 days)

Major teams England, Middlesex

Also known as Stoddy, Drewy, Stod

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Andrew Ernest Stoddart
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 16 30 2 996 173 35.57 2 3 5 6 0
First-class 309 537 16 16738 221 32.12 26 85 257 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 16 6 162 94 2 1/10 1/10 47.00 3.48 81.0 0 0 0
First-class 309 14717 6571 278 7/67 23.63 2.67 52.9 10 2
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 10-15, 1888 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 29-Feb 2, 1898 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1885 - 1900

Andrew Stoddart was a late starter - he didn't take up cricket seriously until he was 22 - but immediately made an impression for Hampstead and Middlesex. In 1886 he scored a world record 485 in 370 minutes for Hampstead against Stoics, all after spending the entire night before the game playing poker. But even then the indefatigable Soddart wasn't tired - he spent the rest of the afternoon playing tennis and finished off with a dinner party in the evening. That summed up the man. An excellent rugby three-quarter - he played 10 times for England - his energy was boundless. An aggressive opening batsman, right-arm medium-pace change bowler, and outstanding fielder, he seemed to epitomise the late amateur Victorian sporting ethos. He led England on two of his four tours of Australia, and was the first England captain to insert Australia and the first to declare a Test innings closed. But as he aged his health deteriorated, and faced with his declining powers and burdened by financial worries, he shot himself three weeks after his 52nd birthday.
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Mar 23, 2004

Andrew Stoddart

Andrew Stoddart

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Andrew Stoddart at Lord's

Andrew Stoddart at Lord's

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Mar 2, 1895

Play underway in the fifth Test between England and Australia at Melbourne, with Harry Trott bowling to Albert Ward, whose partner is his captain, AE Stoddart, March 2, 1895

Play underway in the fifth Test between England and Australia at Melbourne in 1895

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1893