W.G. Grace Jr.

MR. WILLIAM GILBERT GRACE, JUN., eldest son of the greatest cricketers, died suddenly at three o"clock on the morning of March 2nd, at East Cowes, after an operation for appendicitis. As he was born on July 6th, 1874, he was under thirty-one years of age at the time of his death. He was in the Clifton College XI. in 1891-92-93, being captain in his second year, and assisted Cambridge against Oxford in 1895 and 1896. His first pronounced success was gained in the Reigate Festival of 1894, when he played a not out innings of 148 for his father"s XI. against Mr. W. W. Read"s XI. At Cambridge on June 1st, 1896, he and G. S. Graham-Smith made 337 together for the first wicket of Pembroke College v. Caius College, and at the Crystal Palace on September 16th, 1901, he and W. L. Murdoch (who carried out his bat for 200) put up 355 for the first wicket of London County v. Erratics. In these matches his scores were respectively 213 and 150. As a bowler he frequently did well, and for London County v. Bromley Town, at the Crystal Palace, on August 25th, 1902, he obtained all ten wickets in an innings. From 1897 until 1903 he was an assistant-master at Oundle, and during the last two years of his life he occupied a similar position at the Royal Naval College, Osborne. He was buried at Elmers End Road Cemetery on March 6th.

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