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George Thornton
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George Thornton

South Africa

INTL CAREER: 1902 - 1902

Full Name

George Thornton

Born

December 24, 1867, Skipton, Yorkshire, England

Died

January 31, 1939, Kensington, London, England, (aged 71y 38d)

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Education

Skipton Grammar School, Edinburgh University

relations

TEAMS

Dr. George Thornton, who died in London on January 31, occasionally played for Yorkshire and Middlesex before going to South Africa. Born at Skipton, Yorks, on December 24, 1867, he was educated at Skipton Grammar School, and took his degree at Edinburgh University. When the South African war broke out, Dr. Thornton was one of the first medical men to volunteer. He was made head of the Government Hospital at Pretoria, and spent nine years in South Africa. During this time he appeared for Transvaal, and for South Africa at Johannesburg in the first match Australia played in South Africa in October 1902 when Joe Darling's team were on the way home from England.

Left-handed, with both bat and ball, he was at his best in 1895 when for Middlesex he averaged 31 and took 23 wickets. He bowled with deadly effect against Gloucestershire at Lord's. The fifth man tried, he bowled W. G. Grace, who had scored 169, and in the last innings he took all five wickets that fell at a cost of 20--making nine for 72 in the match. Strangely enough in the corresponding fixture next season he gave by far his best batting display -- 161 -- and Middlesex won by an innings and 77 runs. He was not wanted as a bowler.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test11111*-000010
FC426711126316122.5514130
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test11242011/201/2020.005.0024.00000
FC4219681007325/2031.463.0761.5010
George Thornton
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1891 - 1902/03