December 25, 1847, Helmsley, Yorkshire
August 21, 1921 (aged 73y 239d)
Right arm fast
Thomas Dale captained the first Canadian side to tour England in 1880 but the organisers thought he was called Thomas Jordan. His summer ended when it was revealed he had deserted from the Royal Horse Guards seven years earlier while stationed in North America. Ten days into the trip he was arrested by the local police as he left the field after taking 4 for 49 against Leicestershire. He was taken to a specially convened military court and sentenced to 35 days in prison. As he waited to be taken to jail he escaped from the guard room but was immediately recaptured, returned to court and given an additional 336 days incarceration for his pains. Needless to say, that was his tour over. On release he returned home and continued to play club cricket, making his one first-class appearance 13 years later for USA.
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