Benjamin Aislabie      

Full name Benjamin Aislabie

Born January 14, 1774, Newington Green, London

Died June 2, 1842, Regent's Park, London (aged 68 years 139 days)

Major teams Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 56 100 29 224 15* 3.15 0 0 7 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class debut Marylebone Cricket Club v Middlesex XI at Lord's (Old), May 30-31, 1808 scorecard
Last First-class Marylebone Cricket Club v Cambridge University at Lord's, Jul 1-2, 1841 scorecard

Benjamin Aislabie was quite possibly one of the worst first-class cricketers of all time, although in fairness to him, many of the records from his career when a younger man are unaccounted for. Even so, an average of 3.15 from 100 innings does not suggest he was not good. His lack of skill was further hampered by his girth, and towards the end of his career he was so fat that he had a permanent runner who also used to field for him. A wine merchant by trade, he was MCC president in 1823 and secretary from 1822 until his death in 1842. Under his tenure the club lurched from crisis to crisis, and while not dishonest, he was certainly a dreadful financial controller. He was also, among other posts, Custodian of the MCC Snuffbox.
Martin Williamson

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