Robert Poore      

Full name Robert Montagu Poore

Born March 20, 1866, Carysfort House, Dublin, Ireland

Died July 14, 1938, Boscombe, Hampshire, England (aged 72 years 116 days)

Major teams South Africa, Europeans (India), Hampshire

Also known as Major-General Poore

Batting style Right-hand bat

Other Coach

Height 6 ft 4 in

Robert Montagu Poore
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 0 76 20 12.66 0 0 0 3 0
First-class 55 98 9 3441 304 38.66 11 12 38 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 1 9 4 1 1/4 1/4 4.00 2.66 9.0 0 0 0
First-class 55 470 252 13 2/10 19.38 3.21 36.1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 13-14, 1896 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 21-23, 1896 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1892/93 - 1913/14

Robert Poore is a cricketing oddity in that he showed little interest in the game until he went to India with the army. While there, he studied text books and starting playing in local matches - it helped that his superior was Lord Harris, then governor of Bombay. He played for Europeans from 1892-93 and when he was sent to South Africa he found himself in opposition to Hawke's England side after a debate as to which XI he should represent! In 1895-96 he made his Test debut for South Africa, playing in all three matches with little success. He continued to play with success for Natal, and on returning to England in 1898, played for Hampshire either side of his return to South Africa to fight in the Boer War. In 1899 he made 1399 runs for Hampshire at 116.58 which included seven centuries, and at Taunton added 411 for the sixth wicket with Captain Wynard - Poore's share was 304. His first-class career ended as it began, playing for Europeans in India. He remained fit into old age, continuing to play and coach. Poore was also a genuine eccentric. In hot weather he fielded in a solar topee, and when asked by a young team-mate how to tackle the fearsome Harold Larwood, he boomed: "Charge him, sah. Fix yer bayonets and charge him."
Martin Williamson

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Brigadier-General Robert Montague Poore, Hampshire cricketer 1898-1906

Robert Poore, South Africa and Hampshire

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Mar 31, 1899

Robert Poore

Robert Poore

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1900