Obituaries in 1929

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ATHLUMNEY, 2ND LORD (JAS. HERBERT GUSTAVUS MEREDYTH SOMERVILLE), born on March 23, 1865, died at Balrath, Co. Meath, on January 8, aged 63. In 1882 his bowling, medium pace with work from leg, gained him a place in the Harrow Eleven.

AUSTIN, HENRY J. ("Harry"), who died at Cippenham, near Slough, on January 21, aged 64, had played for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, and for many years was a member of the ground staff at Eton College.

BANBURY, CAPT. ARTHUR, who was born on December 1, 1857, and died in London on February 22, aged 71, obtained a place in the Harrow Elevens of 1874 and 1875. A good all-round man--a dangerous, hard-hitting bat, an effective fast bowler on his day, and a smart point.

BATEMAN, SIR ALFRED EDMUND, born in August, 1844, died in London on August 7, aged 84. After being for a time at Repton, he went to Brighton College where he was in the Eleven in 1861 and 1862, in the latter year having a batting average of 25. It was said of him : " A brilliant hitter to the on and leg, but deficient in cut : a very successful slow bowler, being a good judge of length."

BESCH, Mr. JOHN GEORGE QUIDDINGTON (" Daddy "), for some years one of the best known figures in Metropolitan club cricket, was born on June 30, 1861, and died at Beltinge, Herne Bay, on April 25, aged 67. At Oakham Grammar School he captained both cricket and football teams. Later on he played regularly for, and was Hon. Secretary of, the Hampstead C.C. A good batsman and an excellent organiser. When he made 98 for the Club against the Stoics in August, 1886, he helped to add 214 for the second wicket with A. E. Stoddart, who scored 485. Altogether the side made 813 for nine wickets in six and a quarter hours.

BETTESWORTH, MR. WALTER AMBROSE, born at Horndean, in Hampshire, on November 24, 1856, died at Hampstead on February 23, aged 72. He was a sound, hard-hitting batsman, a good slow bowler and an energetic field at cover-point. He played in the Ardingly College Eleven--first as a pupil and later as a master--from 1871 until 1882. Assisting Sussex occasionally between 1878 and 1883, he scored 707 runs for the County with an average of 18.12 and took 36 wickets for 25.63 runs each. In 1881, when he scored 77 v. Hampshire at Southampton, he stood first in the averages and so won the silver cup offered by the Earl of Sheffield.

He took part in that remarkable match between Gentlemen and Players at Hove, in 1881, arranged for James Lillywhite's benefit, when after a tie on the first innings, the Players won by a single run. Whilst a master at Blair Lodge, he made some very largo scores in Scotland, among these being 227 not out v. Falkirk and 203 not out v. Stirling County. Afterwards he became a journalist and one of the best known, as well as one of the most engaging, writers on the game. He was on the staff of the " Cricket Field " 1892-1895, assistant Editor of " Cricket " 1896-1905, and cricket editor of " The Field " 1906-1928. His books on the game were " A Royal Road to Cricket," " The Walkers of Southgate," and " Chats on the Cricket Field."

BROWNING, LIEUT.-COL. FREDERICK HENRY, C.B.E., who died at Flaxley Abbey, Gloucestershire, on October 13, aged 59, was a sound batsman who could cut well and also a good wicket-keeper. He was in the Wellington College Eleven in 1887 and 1888 and in the latter year, when he made 101 v. Old Wellingtonians, second in the averages to E. C. Mordaunt. Subsequently he played a good deal for I Zingari, Free Foresters and M.C.C., and he also served on the last named's Committee. In 1907 he toured the United States and Canada with the M.C.C.'s team, and in 1914 captained I Zingari on their visit to Egypt. The latter side won three and drew the other two of their five matches, and Browning, with five not out innings to help him, headed the batting averages with 56. He was also a great rackets player, representing both Wellington and Oxford and winning the Amateur Championship (doubles) with H. K. Foster in 1893 and with F. Dames-Longworth two years later.

BUXTON, ME. EDWARD GURNEY, born in Essex on August 4, 1865, died suddenly at Norwich on April 19, aged 63. He was in the Elstree School Eleven at the age of 14 and developed his cricket at Harrow and Cambridge. Later on he played for Norfolk and was Hon. Secretary of the County Club 1892-1908. Among his reminiscences was that of missing Sir F. E. Lacey when that player had scored only 7 of his 323 not out for Hampshire at Southampton in 1887. Member of a well-known Norfolk cricketing family, he was Mayor of Norwich in 1907-8.

BYASS, SIR SIDNEY HUTCHINSON, 1st Bart., for some time Chairman of the Glamorgan County C.C., died at Llandough Castle, Cowbridge, on February 18, aged 66. A useful batsman and a good field, he was also an effective fast bowler. A member of the Hadley eleven during the four years--1878 to 1881--he took 164 wickets for nine runs each. In his last season there he led the side.

CARLESS, MR. WILLIAM, for many years Manager of the Hastings Cricket Festival, was born at Hereford on June 9, 1851, and died at St. Leonards-on-Sea on March 17, aged 77. He had played in his time for St. John's College (Cambridge) and Herefordshire. In 1874-5 he was Hon. Secretary of the Herefordshire County C.C.

CASTENS, MR. HERBERT HAYTON, born on November 23, 1864, died in London on October 18, aged 64. A good batsman, when not handicapped by nervousness, and a first-class wicket-keeper, he was in the Rugby Elevens in 1882 and 1883, being captain the latter year. In his first game with Marlborough he was clean bowled by the first ball he received in each innings. At Cape Town in 1890-1 he made 165 for Western Province v. Eastern Province, and in 1894 he captained the first South African team to visit England. His experience during the tour was, in many respects, not a happy one. The programme, which was denied first-class rank, had been badly arranged ; the team failed to attract the public--the gross gate takings during the trip were less than £500--and, for financial reasons, the side was almost stranded whilst in Ireland. At Rugby football he also gained distinction, playing for Oxford v. Cambridge in 1886 and 1887, as well as for Middlesex and for South v. North.

CHAMBERS, MR. ROBERT BAKER, who died at Littleover, near Derby, on April 28, aged 79, was for many years Treasurer and Chairman of Committee of the Derbyshire County C.C.

CHURCHWARD, CAPT. ALARIC WATTS, who died in a nursing-home on October 17, aged 83, had been a sound batsman who played for the Gentlemen of Kent. In 1870 and 1871 he represented Cambridge v. Oxford at putting the weight and throwing the hammer. In 1871, when first in the latter event, he covered 105ft. 5ins.

COBBOLD, MR. JOHN DUPUIS, an old Etonian who had appeared for Suffolk, was born on March 11, 1861, and died at Ipswich on June 12, aged 68. He held high rank as a tennis and rackets player.

COCKERELL, THE REV. LOUIS ARTHUR, born on November 20, 1836, died at Oxford on March 4, aged 92. Coached, when at Rugby, by John Lillywhite, he secured a place in the eleven in 1855 and played in the first match against Marlborough. He was then described as " A very rising bowler, with a good delivery : is also a neat bat." He appeared for Essex and the Gentlemen of Kent. At the time of his death he was the oldest member of the Harlequins.

COVENTRY, COL. THE HON. CHARLES JOHN, C.B., an old Etonian, born in February, 1867, died at Earls Croome, Worcester, on June 2, aged 62. After assisting Worcestershire, he visited South Africa with Major Warton's team in 1888-9.

COXON, MR. HENRY ("HARRY"), born at New Lenten on August 12, 1847, died at West Bridgford on November 5, aged 82. For very many years he was the Nottinghamshire scorer, undertaking the duties for the first time in 1867 and, except during the " Cricket Schism " of 1881, carrying them out regularly from 1870 until the end of 1923. His activities thus extended from the time of George Parr to that of A. W. Carr, and he claimed to have noted every run made for the county by Arthur Shrewsbury--to whom he was distantly related--during that batsman's long and successful career. He was a great authority on angling, on which subject he wrote a treatise, and he invented the " Aerial " fishing-reel. In 1898 the Notts team gave him a gold pin surmounted with a jewelled fly. He wrote much on sporting subjects, especially cricket and fishing. beginning his journalistic work with the old Nottingham Review. In 1921 the match at Trent Bridge between the second elevens of Nottinghamshire and Lancashire was given to him as a benefit.

CUMBERLEDGE, MR. CHARLES FARRINGTON, born at Karachi, in India, on July 29, 1851, died on February 12, aged 77. A good batsman, he played for three counties--Wiltshire, Surrey and Northumberland. He was father of Mr. B. S. Cumberlege.

DASHWOOD, MR. THOMAS HENRY KNYVETT, following influenza, died suddenly in London of heart failure on January 24, aged 54. A good batsman and a smart field. From 1892 until 1895 he was in the Wellington Eleven, being captain the last three seasons and in 1895 heading the averages with 27.63. Tried for Oxford without obtaining his Blue, he afterwards played for Hertfordshire, Cornwall, and Hampshire. During his tour in the West Indies as a member of Mr. R. A. Bennett's team in 1901-2, he played an innings of 120 not out against St. Elizabeth C.C. at Black River.

DOUGLAS-HAMILTON, CANON THE REV. HAMILTON ANNE, who was born at Simla, in India, on May 28, 1853, died at Marlesford Rectory, Suffolk, on August 22, aged 76. A useful bat and, in his younger days, a very fast change bowler, he was also a skilful wicket-keeper. In 1871, his third year as a member of the Wellington Eleven, he won the average bat, his figure being 38. He was a Cambridge Blue of 1873 and 1875, E. P. Bally, the wicket-keeper in 1872, regaining his place in 1874. Douglas-Hamilton played back for Cambridge at Rugby football against Oxford in February, 1872 and in December, 1873.

DUNELL, MR. OWEN ROBERT, born at Port Elizabeth on July 15, 1856, died suddenly at Lyons, France, on October 21, aged 73. Although useful as a batsman and a good field, he was not in the Eleven whilst at Eton, nor did he gain his blue at Oxford. In 1888-9 he appeared for South Africa in what have come to be regarded as the first two Tests with England, at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. He had been a member of the M.C.C. for 56 seasons--since 1874. Whilst at Oxford, he played full back at Association football against Cambridge in 1877 and 1878, and also represented the University in both singles and doubles at tennis in the latter year.

ELLIS, MR.VIVIAN, who died at St. Nectaire, Puys de Domo, on August 31, aged 80, was in the Rugby Eleven in 1866 and 1867, among his contemporaries being Yardley, Pauncefote, C. K. Francis and Moberly. Coached by Diver, Tom Hayward of Cambridge, and Coward,he was a good fast bowler and a fair field at short slip. In 1866 he toook 73 wickets for the School for 11.89 runs each.

EVANS, MR. RALPH DU BOULAY, born on October 1, 1891, was killed in a motor accident at Los Angeles, California, on July 27, aged 37. He was in the Winchester Eleven in 1909, when bowling right-hand medium he was second in the averages with thirty-six wickets for 10.75 runs each. Later on he played some county cricket for Hampshire, and also appeared for Cambridge, but not against Oxford.

FARMER, MR. JAMES HERBERT, an old Harrovian, who died at Cromer on February 11, aged 66, was a life-long lover of the game and author of a pamphlet entitled 'Cricket Hints'. He is better remembered, however,as one of the founders of the Middlesex County Football Association, of which he was for some years, up to 1889, hon. secretary.

FARTHING, MR. F. HADFIELD, a very capable club cricketer, died from heart failure while taking part in a match at East Dulwich on September 1. After sending down two overs, in each of which he obtained a wicket, he moved to his place in the slips and there collapsed. Born in Yorkshire on July 30, 1875, he was a well-known and popular journalist, and at the time of his death occupied the post of night editor of the Daily Express, to which paper a weekly article on cricket.

GARNETT, MR. GERALD, who died in Lancaster on January 22, aged 75, played for Free Foresters and was for many years captain of the Lancaster C.C. He was a member of the Garnett family eleven.

GOW, MR. JAMES CUTHBERT, died on board the " Mauretania" on April 14, aged 38. He was a member of the Westminster eleven in 1906 and three following years, leading the side very skilfully in 1909, when he headed the batting averages with 31.00. He played for Free Foresters. At Oxford he obtained his Blue for Association Football.

GREGORY, MR. ARTHUR H., born at Sydney on July 7, 1861, died at Chatswood, Sydney, on August 17, aged 68. Returning from the funeral of S.E Gregory he fell from a tramcar, and blood poisoning supervened as a result of injuries to arm. He was a member of the most famous of Australian cricket families, and, although perhaps better known as a graceful and well-informed writer on the game, was a sound batsman, a good field and a fair leg-break bowler and had himself appeared for New South Wales. He was younger brother of E.J., D.W., and C.S. Gregory, and uncle of S.E., C.W., and J.M.

HARGREAVE, SAMUEL, born at Longsight, near Manchester, September 22, 1876, died at Stratford-on-Avon on January 2, aged 52. Before qualifying for Warwickshire he played for Lancashire second eleven and was a member of the ground-staff at Old Trafford. From 1899 until 1909 he did good work as a left-handed, slow medium bowler, keeping an excellent length and varying his pace well. He was also a very smart field, especially to his own bowling. But for a strain sustained in 1907 which had a permanent effect upon his cricket, his career in great matches would undoubtedly have been longer. On his first appearance for the Players, at the Oval in 1902, he had an analysis of 6 for 53; his other matches against the Gentlemen were at Lord's in 1903 and at the Oval in 1904. In 1902-3 he was a member of Lord Hawke's team to New Zealand and Australia.

HARTLEY, MR. THOMAS, a useful fast bowler, an excellent field and a hard-hitting batsman, was born on March 21, 1847, and died at Armathwaite Hall, Cockermouth, on March 10, aged 81. He was a member of the Harrow Elevens of 1865 and 1866, that of the latter year being one of the best the School ever had. Among his contemporaries were F. C. Cobden, W. H. Hadow, W. B. Money, A. N. Hornby, and J. M. Richardson. His county cricket was played for Cumberland.

HENFREY, MR. ARTHUR GEORGE, who died at Finedon,Northants., on October 17, aged 61, was a successful batsman and a keen field. In 1833 and the next four years he was in the Wellingborough Grammar School Eleven, being captain his last three seasons. Each time he led the side he was first in batting, his average being 35 in 1885, 79 in 1886, and 42 in 1887. For some years he assisted Northamptonshire, and in 1893 and the following season captained the team. As an Association footballer he obtained his Blue for Cambridge, played for England six times, and assisted the Corinthians.

HERBERT, THE HON. MERVYN ROBERT HOWARD MOLYNEUX, born November 27, 1882, died at the British Embassy, in Rome, on May 26, aged 46. He was in the Eton Eleven in 1901. The same year he made the first of his six appearances for Notts and marked the occasion by scoring a capital 65 v. M.C.C. at Lord's. From 1903 onwards he assisted Somerset occasionally. One especially good innings he played for that county was 78 v. Middlesex at Lord's in 1909. A remarkable performance in which he had a share whilst at Eton--it was in a House-match, for A. C. Benson's v. H. V. Macnaghton's in 1901--deserves mention. He made 201 not out and the Hon. G. W. Lyttelton 260 not out, the pair, after one man was out, adding 476 together without being separated. The two also shared between them all fifteen wickets which fell of their opponents.

HOWARD, CHARLES, born at Chichester, September 27, 1854, died there on May 20, aged 74. Well above the average as a batsman, he was for many years a well-known figure in Sussex cricket, though his appearances for the County itself were restricted to twenty-five matches between 1874 and 1882. In those games he made 647 runs, his highest innings being 106 v. Hampshire at Hove in 1880. In June, 1886, the match at Chichester between Lord March's XI and the Australians was given to him for his benefit. In club cricket he obtained many large scores including one of 300 not out for Goodwood Park v. Westbourne on the former's ground in August, 1884 : he went in first wicket down, at 8, and carried out his bat when the innings closed for 476. He also made 219 for Priory Park v. City Ramblers at Chichester in August, 1885. In later years he owned some race horses of which the most famous was Priory Park.

HOWE, THE 4TH EARL (RICHARD GEORGE PENN CURZON-HOWE), born in London, April 28, 1861, died there suddenly on January 10, aged 67. A useful batsman and a good field at long-off and long-leg, he was, as Viscount Curzon, a member of the Eton Eleven of 1880. He was President of the Leicestershire County C.C. in 1886 and of the M.C.C. in 1901.

ISAACSON, MR. ROBERT FRASER, born July 16, 1847, died at Beaconsfield, July 25, aged 82. A member of the Marlborough Eleven in 1867 he was described as " A very steady and painstaking bat with a good defence. A straight and sometimes successful bowler, and a smart field."

KEELY, MR. EDWIN RICHARD PHILIPPS, born at Woodthorpe, near Nottingham, March 8, 1857, died very suddenly at Whitehaven on January 25. As a batsman he had a pretty forward style, and he was also an excellent long-stop. A member of the Shrewsbury School Eleven in 1873 and the three following seasons, he captained the side in his last two years. Second in the batting averages in 1875, he occupied first place in 1876 when his highest score was 45 not out against Malvern.

KEMNITZ, MR. E. J., a Dunedin man by birth, died at Nelson on February 6, aged 33. A batsman with an attractive style, he could also keep Wicket. In 1922 he captained the Nelson team which won, The Hawke Cup.

KEYSER, MR. CHARLES EDWARD, born in London, September 10, 1847, died at Aldermaston Court, Berks., May 23, aged 81. It was said of him, " A steady bat, bowls fast round-armed, and fields in no particular place." He captained Hertfordshire for some years up to the end of 1883 and was Honorary Secretary of the County Club, 1876-1883. He died worth £788,255.

KINGSTON, MR. JAMES PHILLIPS, the second of nine brothers who played cricket and Rugby football for Northants., was born at Northampton, July 8, 1857, and died in Italy, where he had lived for twenty-five years, in March, aged 71. He was described as " A good bat, a slow round-armed bowler with a break from the leg, and in the field takes the wicket and also cover-point." Beginning to assist Northants. in 1875 he captained the team from 1877 until 1887 and in 1891. In 1892 and 1893 he was the County Club's Honorary Secretary. He also appeared, under the residential qualification, for Warwickshire on a few occasions. At Northampton in September, 1887, he carried out his bat for 223 for Northants. Club and Ground v. Grammar School Rovers.

KISSLING, MR. H. P., who was born in 1869, died at Auckland, New Zealand, on May 11. A stylish batsman, he played for Auckland 1886 to 1890, and in the season of 1889-1890 scored 51 against the visiting New South Wales team.

KNARESBOROUGH, 1ST LORD (HENRY MEYSEY MEYSEY-THOMPSON), born at Moat Hall, York, August 30, 1845, died in London, March 3, aged 83. In 1864 he was in the Eton eleven. In the inter-University Sports of 1867 he represented Cambridge in the hurdle- race.

LAMBRICK, PREBENDARY THE REV. GEORGE MENZIES, born at Plymouth, October 10, 1860, died at Blagdon Rectory, August 3, aged 69. In 1878, When he was described as " one of the best bats in the Eleven : a fine field anywhere," he scored 128 runs for Repton.

LATTIMER, MR. ROBERT BINNEY, born February 3, 1863, died at Teddington, after an operation, on February 21, aged 66. A King's Scholar at Durham School, he was in the Eleven in 1880 and 1881. Later on he played county cricket for Cumberland and Brecon.

LAW, MR. JOHN PILLING, died at Wetherby, Yorks, March 4, aged 84. He was one of the founders of the Yorkshire Gentlemen C.C. and had played cricket for Lincolnshire. For seventy years he hunted with the Bramham Moor and he rode to hounds at the age of eighty.

LEE, MR. RUCKMAN, a member of a well-known American cricketing family, died on January 11. He was a good bat and excellent field, and at times useful as a change bowler. His cricket was played chiefly for Haverford, Pennsylvania University and the Motion C.C. He made several hundreds for the last-named, and in scoring 130 not out against Moorestown in 1914, he and J. L. Evans (133 not out) put up 271 together, without being separated, for the first wicket, thereby establishing a record for Halifax Cup games. In 1907 he visited England with the Pennsylvania University team, and, with 73 against Charterhouse as his highest score, made 245 runs.

MCMASTER, MR. JOSEPH EMILE PATRICK, who died suddenly in London on June 7, aged 68, was a member of the English team which went to South Africa in 1888-9.

MCNEILE, MR. ALEXANDER JOHN, born at Parkmouth, Belfast, September 2, 1842, died at Dunsinea, Castle Knock, Ireland, on July 19, aged 86. He was in the Harrow Eleven of 1860, and among his contemporaries were R. D. and I. D. Walker, A. W. T. Daniel and W. F. Maitland. Scores and Biographies said of him, " Possesses a good style of batting, but is not so energetic in the field as might be wished, and stands slip, though at first was long-stop." After leaving Cambridge he kept up the game in Ireland, especially with NaShuler.

MOIR, MR. HENRY GORDON, born on April 4, 1875, died in British Columbia on January 10, aged 53. As twelfth man, he played for Marlborough v. Rugby in 1893.

MORSE, MR. SYDNEY, born June 1, 1854, died in London on January 27, aged 74. It was said of him : "A very good bat, combining a good defence with great hitting powers. Plays back very hard." He was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1871 and 1872, and played against Cheltenham and Rugby, his best score in those matches being 52 against Cheltenham. Three times he was " capped " for England against Scotland, figuring as a back in 1873, as a half-back in 1874 and as a three-quarter in 1875.

MUNDS, EDWARD, who died on April 18, aged 82, had been for 47 years groundsman of the Hythe C.C. He was father of A. E. and Raymond Mande, both of whom have played for Kent.

NICHOLLS, MR. SIDNEY, who died at Wellington, N.Z., on April 27, aged 65, had captained Wellington at both cricket and football. A good wicket-keeper and a free bat, he represented the Province in eighteen games between 1882 and 1894.

NOONAN, MR. DAVID JAMES, born on January 8, 1877, died in Sydney on March 8, aged 52. Useful both as batsman (left-handed) and bowler, he played for New South Wales. He was a member of the N.S.W. team which visited New Zealand in 1895-6, when he had a batting average of 35.50 and was second in bowling with 20 wickets for 16.45 runs each.

PELHAM, THE HON. ARTHUR LOWTHER, youngest and last surviving son of the 3rd Earl of Chichester, was born on December 28, 1850, and died at Hove on February 12, aged 78. Like many other members of his family, quite a useful cricketer, he captained the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, team for four seasons--1874 to 1877 inclusive--and also appeared for the Gentlemen of Sussex and Monmouthshire.

PHILPOTT, MR. FRANK GORDON, who was born October 13, 1906, died in China in June as the result of a motor accident at the early age of 22. In 1925, when he scored 5 and 61 not out against Rugby, he headed the Marlborough averages with 31.33.

PIGG, MR. CHARLES, twin brother of the better-remembered late Mr. Herbert Pigg, was born at Buntiford, Herts., on September 4, 1856, and died at Cheltenham on February 28, aged 72. A free batsman and slow round-armed bowler, he was for five years in the Abington House School Eleven at Northampton, and later appeared for three counties--Hertfordshire, Northants,, and Cambridgeshire. He did not obtain his Blue for Cambridge, but in 1878 he played in the famous match against the Australians at Lord's when Cambridge won by an innings and 72 runs.

POWELL, MR. MARKHAM, of the Harrow Eleven of 1922, was killed in an accident at Hunchun, Manchuria, on February 23.

PROTHERO, LIEUT.-COL. ARCHER GEORGE, born June 13, 1869, died at Montreux on January 15, aged 59. After being in the Westminster Eleven of 1887, he played for Sandhurst, Monmouthshire, M.C.C., I Zingari, and Free Foresters, and also took part in much military cricket.

READ, JOHN MAURICE, nephew of the famous H.H. Stephenson, was born at Thames Ditton on February 9, 1859, and died in Winchester Hospital, after a long illness, on February 17, aged 70. During his career, which extended from 1880 to 1895, he ranked among the best professional players and obtained all the chief honours which the cricket field had to offer. He earned his place in the Surrey eleven when first tried, and maintained his form to the end of his career for, in order to take an appointment on the Tichborne estate, he retired after a season in which he made 1,031 runs with an average of 31.

Always an enterprising player, Maurice Read had some unorthodox strokes, but these were natural to a forcing batsman of his style. He hit the ball hard in defence and could cut and keep down his off-drive with masterly ease. A rather fast bowler, he occasionally did useful work with the ball before George Lehmann and Jack Beaumont, under John Shifter's captaincy, made Surrey tremendously strong. In the deep field and at third man he was brilliant, having remarkably sure hands in picking up and catching, besides being quick in getting to the ball.

He first played for England at the Oval in 1882, when Spofforth's bowling won Australia the sensational victory by 7 runs. He was still in England's best side in 1890, when he appeared in the Test matches at the Oval and Lord's, the Manchester fixture owing to rain being abandoned without a ball bowled ; and he also played at Lord's in 1893. He took a large share in winning the 1890 match at the Oval, when the Surrey authorities could not get together a fully representative eleven. On a bowler's pitch Australia were dismissed for 92 and 102, so England, after getting 100, wanted 95 to win. W. G. Grace, Shrewsbury, W. Gunn, and W. W. Read fell before Turner and Ferris for 32 runs, but Maurice Read who made 35, and James Cranston, the left-handed Gloucestershire amateur, took the score to 83. Yet eight men were out for 93, and the finish was dramatic. After five maiden overs had been sent down, Sharpe, the Surrey bowler, hit a ball to Dr. Barrett at cover point, and Gregor MacGregor, responding to the call, both batsmen were in the middle of the pitch when Dr. Barrett returned so wide that the two runs needed for victory were scored.

Maurice Read went to Australia four times--in the winters of 1884, 1886, 1887, and 1891--taking part in eleven Test matches. His last trip was with Lord Sheffield's team captained by W. G. Grace. The Test match at the Oval in 1893 was played for Maurice Road's benefit. In all matches, first-class and second-class, for the county he made 13,058 runs with an average of 26 and took seventy-eight wickets for 22 runs each. For the Players, between 1882 and 1895, he scored 546 runs (average 22), in Test matches v. Australia 447 (average 18), and in all first-class cricket 14,010 (average 27). After his retirement from great matches he kept up the game in Hampshire, but, although qualified to do so by residence, never appeared for that county. In several seasons he averaged over 100 runs an innings for Tichborne Park. Among the many large scores he obtained for that side were 202 v. Incogniti in 1897, 256 v. Cheriton in 1900, 216 v. Incogniti the same season, and 245 not out v. Royal Navy in 1901.

ROSEBERY, 5TH EARL. OF (ARCHIBALD PHILIP PRIMROSE), born in London on May 7, 1847, died at Epsom, May 21, aged 82, had been a member and Vice-President of the Surrey County C.C. since 1902.

ROYLE, THE REV. VERNON PETER FANSHAWE ARCHER, born at Brooklands, Cheshire, on January 29, 1854, died at Stanmore Park School, Middlesex, of which he was headmaster, on May 20, after a short illness, aged 75. The brilliant fielding of Boyle at cover-point for Oxford in the University match of 1876 brought him into special prominence, and when he went to Australia with Lord Harris's team in the winter of 1878-79 he earned high praise, particularly by his fine play in a match with Victoria at Melbourne, when, fielding at cover point, he made five catches. He was in the eleven at Rossall School at the age of 16, and before going up to Brasenose College, Oxford, he played for Lancashire in 1873. Mr. Royle played regularly for the county until his duties as a master at Elstree School obliged him to give up first-class cricket. Altogether, he scored 1,423 runs, with an average of 16.31. The end of the season of 1878 found him with second place in the Lancashire batting averages, and he was always a fast run-getter when well set. Standing 5ft. 9ins., he got well over the ball, and played in good style, often hitting with plenty of power. Starting by bowling fast, he developed some talent for slow bowling, and in the second innings against Cambridge in 1875 he took four of the best wickets in the memorable game which Mr. A. W. Ridley's bowling won for Oxford by six runs.

It was, however, for his brilliant fielding that Boyle will be chiefly remembered. He was ambidextrous, very quick on his feet and smart in return, preventing many a run which would have been successful against a less expert fieldsman. Tom Emmett's famous remark to a brother Yorkshireman, who called to him for a sharp run when Boyle was at cover-point, was a practical tribute to the fieldsman's excellence : " Woa, mate, there's a policeman." called Emmett, and there was no more attempt at a sharp run. Besides doing creditably at Association football, Mr. Royle won the 100 yards race when he was captain of Rossall School in 1872. Last year he was elected president of the Lancashire County Club. He was a master at Elstree from 1879 to 1899, and while holding that position was ordained and served for some years as curate of Aldenham. He played for the Gentlemen v. Players in 1882, and scored 31. The highest innings of his life was 205 for Gentlemen of Cheshire v. Staffordshire Borderers, at Chelford, in July, 1874. For a short period he was headmaster of Elstree, and in 1901 he became head of Stanmore Park Preparatory School. He was married and left four sons, one of whom, J. S. Boyle, was in the Harrow Elevens of 1906 and 1907.

SALE, MR. WILLIAM WYKEHAM, born on September 2, 1868, died suddenly on June 27, aged 60. In 1886, when he was described as " A steady bat with great reach, but much too fond of playing forward." He was in the Marlborough Eleven, playing against both Rugby and Cheltenham.

SERJEANT, SIR DAVID MAURICE, M.D., born at Ramsey, Hunts., January 18, 1830, died at Camberwell, January 12, within a few days of entering upon his 100th year. As far back as August, 1850, he was a member of the XXII of Peterborough side which beat the All England Eleven by thirteen wickets. In that game he scored 5 and 5, being caught by Felix off Martingell in the first innings and bowled by Wisden in the second. Clarke, Hillyer and Alfred Mynn also bowled. Going to Australia whilst still a young man, Sir David opened the innings for Victoria in each of the first two matches ever played against New South Wales--at Melbourne in March, 1856, and at Sydney in January, 1857. To the end of his long life he took the deepest interest in cricket, and as recently as 1926 was among those who welcomed the Australians on their arrival in London. He was the author of " Australia : Its Cricket Bat, Its Kangaroo, Its Farming, Fruit and Flowers."

SEVERN, MR. AGNEW RUSKIN, who died in London on May 8, aged 54, was in the Westminster Eleven in 1893 and 1894. In his second season it was said of him : " The most attractive bat and fastest scorer in the team, his driving being especially hard and clean ; good field and fair change bowler."

SHEPHERD, THE REV. JOSEPH MUNKEN, who died at Long Masten, Westmorland, on February 2, aged 87, was a member of the Rossall School Elevens of 1858 and 1860. Ho was regarded as " A good leg-field and change bowler."

SLATTER, WILLIAM H., born September 12, 1851, died in Harrow Hospital on August 16, aged 77. Son of the better-known " Steevie " Slatter, he was engaged at Lord's for 57 years, originally as a pavilion dressing-room attendant in 1863, and working his way up to become clerk of works. His reminiscences were published in a private circulation pamphlet, in 1914, entitled " Recollections of Lord's and the Marylebone Cricket Club." Some idea of the changes which time wrought during his long association with the ground can be gauged from the fact that he could recall seeing wild rabbits there. He designed and built the luncheon arbours surrounding the practice-ground.

SOUTHWARK, 1ST LORD (RICHARD KNIGHT CAUSTON), born in September, 1843, died in London on February 23, aged 85. He was a Vice-President of the Surrey County C.C., of which Club he had been a member since 1867.

STANNING, MR. JOHN, born October 10, 1877, was killed in a motor accident in Kenya Colony on May 19, aged 51. For Rugby against Marlborough, in 1894, he played an innings of 152 not out, and brought his school career to a close with a batting average of 28. Going up to Cambridge, he failed to secure his Blue until 1900. Against the M.C.C., he scored 120, and in the University match hit 20 and 60, obtaining 554 runs for Cambridge during the season with an average of 27. Playing for Lancashire between 1900 and 1903, he had an aggregate of 845 runs in all first-class matches during his career. He also played some cricket for Cheshire, and in 1902-3 was a member of Lord Hawke's team which visited New Zealand and Australia.

STOCKS, MR. FRANCIS WILFRED, born at Market Harborough, December 10, 1873, died at Framlingham College, of which he was headmaster, May 21, aged 55. A useful batsman and a keen field, his chief asset, however, was left handed, medium-paced bowling. He had an easy delivery, and on ground which gave him any assistance was very difficult to play. After being at Lancing and Denstone, he obtained his Blue for Oxford, playing against Cambridge in 1898 and 1899. In 1899 he performed two of the best bowling feats of his career, taking eight wickets for 22 for the University v. A. J. Webbe's XI and 13 for 120 (including eight for 56) for Leicestershire v. Worcestershire, at Leicester. He visited America with P. F. Warner's team in 1897, and assisted the Gentlemen against the Players at the Oval in 1898 and 1899, taking five wickets in the former match and seven in the latter. He represented Oxford at hockey as well as at cricket.

STOKES, MR. FREDERIC, who was born at Greenwich on July 12, 1850, and died at Baughurst, Basingstoke, on January 7, aged 78, was a good batsman and long stop and could bowl a very fast ball. He was in the Rugby Eleven of 1867, played for Kent five times between 1871 and 1875, and assisted the Gentlemen against the Players in 1873 and 1874. On his first appearance for his county--v. Lancashire at Gravesend--he scored 65 and 38. He was one of three brothers who played for Kent, and he married a sister of Mr. Frank Penn, the famous batsman, who assisted England against Australia at the Oval in 1880. One of the most famous of Rugby football forwards, Mr. Stokes captained the England Twenty against Scotland in 1871-2-3 in the first three matches between the two countries.

TAYLOR, MR. JOHN EDWARD, who was born at Kennington on April 9, 1824, and died in Farnborough Hospital, Kent, on July 13, aged 105, saw the first game ever played at the Oval--in 1845. His wife died at the age of 103 after 68 years of married life.

THOMPSON, MR. G. H., who died in the National Hospital, Bloomsbury, on May 17, aged 51, had been Secretary of the Essex County C.C. since 1926.

TYLECOTE, THE REV. THOMAS BEAUFORT, brother of the better known C.B.L., E.F.S., and H. G. Tylecote, died at Lowther Rectory, Penrith, on August 5, aged 86. He played for Bedfordshire. He was summed up whilst at school as " A good bat, hitting hard all round ; one of the best slow bowlers we know ; an excellent wicket-keeper."

VEAL, MAJOR CHARLES LEWIS, who died on June 1, aged 52, was in the Repton Eleven of 1894, and had played for Middlesex Second Eleven and Glamorgan.

VIZARD, MR. WALTER OSWALD, born at Bellary, India, November 16, 1861, died in London on January 10, aged 67. He was in the Clifton College Eleven in 1879 and two next years, being Captain in 1880 and 1881, and having a batting average of 36 in his third season. In 1882 he began to assist Gloucestershire, but he played only occasionally for the side.

WILLIAMS, MR. ARNOLD BUTLER, born at Swansea, Glamorgan, on January 6, 1870, died at Wellington, N.Z., on August 20, aged 59. He went to New Zealand in 1881 and learned his cricket at Otago High School. At first a very steady bat, he developed into a good hitter, and he was also a brilliant wicket-keeper. His later cricket of note was played for Wellington, for whom he scored 163 v. Canterbury in 1896-7 and 100 v. M.C.C. in 1906-7. At Christchurch in 1896 he made 73 in his second innings for XV. of New Zealand v. the Australians--probably the most meritorious display of his career. At Wellington in February, 1898, he made two separate hundreds in one game, 114 and 105, for Midland against Wellington.

WILLIAMS, THE REV. BASIL HALL MORGAN, born at Bassaleg,Newport, Monmouthshire, on August 20, 1847, died at the Vicarage, Rogerstone, on November 9, aged 82. He was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1865 and 1866, " being a very fine hitter, and in the field he was generally long-leg or cover-point." Among his good scores were 139 and 109 not out--both against Cheltenham. He played some county cricket for Monmouth.

WILSON, MR. FRANCIS DU BARREL, who had been captain of cricket and football at Hurstpierpoint, died in August, aged 25, as the result of a football accident. He was in his school Eleven in 1921 and two following years.

CUTTELL, WILLIS ROBERT, born at Sheffield on September 13, 1864, died at Nelson on December 9, aged 65. The son of William Cuttell, who appeared occasionally for Yorkshire between 1862 and 1871, Willis Cuttell played twice for that county when engaged in Lancashire League cricket, and, under the residential qualification, he assisted Lancashire from 1896 to 1906. A rather slow right hand bowler, Cuttell had good command of length and made the ball turn either way. An excellent field and a sound batsman with strong defence and good hitting powers, he became under the captaincy of A. C. MacLaren a first rate all-round cricketer. In first-class cricket during the season of 1898 he scored 1,003 runs and took 114 wickets, being the first Lancashire player to qualify for a place in the list of " All-Round Cricketers." Of Lancashire players only J. Hallows in 1908 has enjoyed equal prominence by scoring l,000 runs and taking 100 wickets. Altogether Cuttell dismissed 755 batsmen for 19 runs each and his aggregate scores in England numbered 5,667 runs.

In the winter of 1898 he went to South Africa with the team captained by Lord Hawke and did well as a bowler, though the chief honours went to Albert Trot and Schofield Haig. Among many good performances, Cuttell took four wickets for 8 runs against Sussex at Hove in 1897, and at Old Trafford a year later eight Gloucestershire batsmen fell to him in one innings for 105 runs. In 1901, at Derby, he took seven wickets for 19 runs, and in 1904, at Old Trafford, four Kent wickets for 3 runs. Playing for the North against the South at Hastings in 1897 he took four wickets at 3 runs apiece. His highest score was 137 against Notts at Old Trafford in 1899.

Appointed coach at Rugby School in 1907 he retained his duties there for 20 years and then, for two seasons, acted as a first-class umpire. In July, 1903, he and Charles Smith had, as a joint benefit, the match between Lancashire and Essex at Old Trafford. A portrait and biography of Cuttell appeared in Wisden's Almanack of 1898.

Particulars of the following Deaths were received too late for publication in WISDEN'S CRICKETERS' ALMANACK of 1929.

ASHBRIDGE, MR. GEORGE, who was connected with the game in the United States for over sixty years, died on December 20, 1928, aged 78. He was captain of the Eleven whilst at Haverford, led the Merlon team for about fifteen years, and was a member of the Philadelphian side which visited Halifax in 1874 and returned with the trophy known later as the Halifax Cup.

TEECE, MR. RICHARD, who died at Point Piper, New South Wales, December 13, 1928, aged 81, had been identified with the game for over sixty years. In December, 1870, he played for Sydney University vs Melbourne University in the first of the series of matches between the sides. It was then said of him : " Bats in stiff style, but shows signs of improvement. He is one of the best of the average batsmen of the team, and as a field is well worth his place." He marked his interest in cricket in various ways, for he was Honorary Secretary of the N.S.W.C.A. in 1868-9 and 1870 as well as a Vice-president for many years, and a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket ground.

WATLING, MR. WALTER HERBERT, a Melbourne man by birth, died at Randfontein, South Africa, on December 19, 1928, aged 64. His first-class cricket was played for South Australia and his two highest innings for the side were both against Victoria- 54 at Adelaide in 1883-4 and 58 at Melbourne in 1884-5. He maintained his interest in the game after settling in South Africa, and was one of the first to advocate the provision of turf wickets on the Wanderers' ground at Johannesburg.

WROUGHTON, MR. WILLIAM MUSGRAVE, born September 24, 1850, was killed whilst hunting with the Belvoir Hounds at Colston Bassett on December 29, 1928, aged 78. He was regarded as one of the best batsman, forward in style with a long reach, of the Harrow Eleven of 1868. He was master of the Pytchley 1894-1902 and of the Woodland Pytchley 1903-08.

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