Joseph Harold Anthony Hulme
August 26, 1904, Stafford
September 27, 1991, Winchmore Hill, Middlesex, (aged 87y 32d)
Right hand Bat
Right arm Medium
HULME, JOSEPH HAROLD ANTHONY, who died at Winchmore Hill, North London on September 26, 1991, aged 87, was a regular professional member of the Middlesex side from 1929 to 1939. Throughout the 1920s, and ever since their entry into the Championship, Middlesex had looked to amateurs for their runs, and then all at once what had been an unbroken succession was reduced to a trickle. Their chief professional stalwarts - Hearne, Harry Lee, Durston and (to a lesser extent) Hendren - were ageing, and it was no surprise to find them bumping along in the lower reaches of the Championship early in the 1930s. With Hendren, Hulme played an important part in bridging the gap until the arrival of Edrich, Compton, Robertson and Brown. A right-handed middle-order batsman with aggressive instincts, he was also a brilliant deep field and a useful medium-fast bowler.
After a modest start in 1929, he played so well in 1930 that he was awarded his cap. His first hundred, against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, came after half the Middlesex side were out for 109; in the end he took out his bat for 117, made in three and a half hours. By 1932 he was expected to take on more responsibility, and in passing 1,000 runs for the first time he raised his average above 30. A faultless 106 against Gloucestershire at Lord's turned the match in the home side's favour, and against Yorkshire at Sheffield Hulme (114 not out) and Sims saved the game with a partnership of 149. His 1,258 runs in 1934 included four hundreds, all in the Championship, and the 1,233 runs he made in the damp, depressing summer of 1936 were worth far more than their face value in so miserable a season. Hulme's 101 against Essex at Colchester was one of his best innings: Middlesex lost five men for 27 before Hulme and Compton put on 132 with resolute batting against Fames and Nichols, who were exploiting a pitch of varying pace and bounce.
Hulme's speed round the boundary, as he cut off certain-looking fours, was an extension of his dazzling pace on the right wing for England and the Arsenal, with whom he won three Championship and two FA Cup winners' medals. Just as remarkable was his speed between the wickets; Hulme and Hendren together were a delight to watch. In 225 matches he made 8,103 runs for an average of 26.56, the highest of his twelve hundreds being 143 against Gloucestershire at Bristol. His bowling brought him 89 wickets at 36.40, and he held 110 catches.
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