Cecil Boyle      

Full name Cecil William Boyle

Born March 16, 1853, Westminster, London

Died April 5, 1900, near Boshof, Orange Free State, South Africa (aged 47 years 20 days)

Major teams Oxford University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Height 5 ft 11 in

Education Clifton College; Oxford University

Relation Cousin - CE Boyle, Nephew - Lord Tennyson

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 6 8 3 52 16 10.40 0 0 3 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 6 800 309 30 7/33 10.30 2.31 26.6 2 1
Career statistics
First-class span 1873 - 1874

Cecil Boyle, who died while on service in the Boer War, played for Oxford University in 1873 as a fast round-arm bowler, winning his Blue in that season after taking 7 for 58 against the MCC on his first-class debut. Earlier in the year he had played rugby for England against Scotland in Glasgow. "The greasy nature of the ground caused the English captain to direct his men to have bars of leather affixed to the soles of their boots. Freeman and Boyle, who with Finney were considered the most dangerous men on the side, reported, when the cobbler had done his work, that they were each minus a boot. Several of the team proceeded to ransack the cobbler's shop, but without success, and it was not until after the match in which Boyle played with a dress boot on his left foot that the canny tradesman produced the missing articles."
Martin Williamson