Monday, February 22

Martin Bladen Hawke (1860-1938) Test Cap No: 96

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Full name Martin Bladen Hawke
Born August 16, 1860, Willingham Rectory, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Died October 10, 1938, West End, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (aged 78 years 55 days)
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat

Lord Hawke poses for a photograph,
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Lord Hawke strode the cricketing world like a colossus for half a century, as a player and administrator, and one who played a major part in the modernisation of the game. He was a keen advocate of overseas tours, a strict disciplinarian, and a determined upholder of the games traditions.

Hawke's life was cricket. He captained Yorkshire for 28 seasons during which time they won eight Championships, and was the county's president for 40 years (despite having been born in Lincolnshire, he fiercely advocated that all players should be born in Yorkshire). He was MCC president from 1914 to 1919, its treasurer and a trustee between 1932 and 1938, and a national selector from 1899 to 1909 and again in 1933. He was no mean batsman either, winning Blues for Cambridge, and leading England in Tests in South Africa.

In a era where professionals were looked down on, Hawke did much to improve their lot. He introduced winter pay - until then they were only paid in the summer months - and a scheme whereby a proportion of benefit income was invested on their behalf. But he was hard on any threat to the spirit of the game. His treatment of a drunken Bobby Peel has gone into the game's folklore - he escorted him off the field and, as Peel himself sarcastically noted: "Lord Hawke put his arm round me and helped me off the ground - and out of first-class cricket. What a gentleman!"

Charles Burgess Fry (1872-1956) Test Cap No:95

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Full name Charles Burgess Fry
Born April 25, 1872, West Croydon, Surrey
Died September 7, 1956, Child's Hill, Hampstead, London (aged 84 years 135 days)
Major teams England, Europeans (India), Hampshire, London County, Oxford University, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

The three captains pose ahead of the ill-fated 1912 Triangular Tournament.
 Frank Mitchell (South Africa, left), CB Fry (England, middle) and
 Syd Gregory (Australia, right) © The Cricketer International
Captain Charles Burgess Fry, who died at his home at Hampstead, London, on September 7, 1956, aged 84, was probably the greatest allrounder of his or any generation. He was a brilliant scholar and an accomplished performer in almost every branch of outdoor sport. Fry was the perfect amateur; he played games because he loved them and never for personal gain. He captained England in Test Matches, and the Mother Country never lost under his captaincy. He played Association Football for England against Ireland in 1901; he was at full-back for Southampton in the FA Cup Final of 1902; and he put up a world's long jump record of 23 ft. 5in. in 1892 which stood for twenty-one years. But it was at cricket that his outstanding personality found its fullest expression. The following tribute by Mr. Neville Cardus first appeared in the Manchester Guardian.

Henry Rigden Butt (1865-1928) Test Cap No: 94

Full name Henry Rigden Butt
Born December 27, 1865, Sands End, Fulham, Middlesex
Died December 21, 1928, West Hill, Hastings, Sussex (aged 62 years 360 days)
Major teams England, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Other Umpire

Henry Rigden Butt, born at Sands End, Fulham, on December 27, 1865, died at Hastings on December 21, a few days before completing his 63rd year. He first played for Sussex in 1890, and remained a regular member of the county side until 1912. In the following year he secured a place in the list of first-class umpires. While playing for Sussex, Butt was responsible for the dismissal of 1,202 batsmen, catching 927 behind the wicket, and stumping 274. He also made one catch while fielding at slip. In his first season for Sussex, when playing against Cambridge University at Brighton, he allowed only one bye while the University hit up a total of 703 for nine wickets. In four consecutive games, all at Hove in 1895, he allowed only six byes whilst 1,938 runs were being made.

Hugh Richard Bromley-Davenport (1870-1954) Test Cap No: 93

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Full name Hugh Richard Bromley-Davenport
Born August 18, 1870, Capesthorne Hall, Chelford, Cheshire
Died May 23, 1954, South Kensington, London (aged 83 years 278 days)
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast

Hugh Richard Bromley-Davenport, who died on May 23, aged 83, was in the Eton XI from 1886 to 1889, being captain in the last two seasons, and was described by Wisden of the time as the best Public School bowler of 1887. Fast left-arm, he achieved considerable success in his first two matches against Harrow, for in 1886 he dismissed nine batsmen for 152 and the following season eight for 111.

Archibald Campbell MacLaren (1871-1944) Test Cap No: 92

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Full name Archibald Campbell MacLaren
Born December 1, 1871, Whalley Range, Manchester, Lancashire
Died November 17, 1944, Warfield Park, Bracknell, Berkshire (aged 72 years 352 days)
Major teams England, Lancashire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

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Archie MacLaren, very prominent in cricket during a long career lasting altogether from 1887 to 1923, died on November 17 when nearly 73 years of age. An immaculate batsman possessing the grand manner, he would have gained still higher renown on the playing field but for periods of poor health and the calls of business. Expert knowledge, obtained by careful study of every intricacy of the game, besides experience in leading his school, his county, the Gentlemen and England, might have made him supreme as captain, but he lacked the buoyant optimistic temperament so necessary for complete success in cricket and was easily upset by disagreement with selectors in being given players whom he did not consider suitable to the occasion.

To satisfy his own exacting ideas of perfect play and leadership, as described in his book Cricket Old and New, he required the position of dictator in order to pick his own eleven and control them with expectation of ready response to his every word or gesture. Unfortunately for MacLaren, such idealistic conditions were never forthcoming on the big occasion, but the responsibility for this rested partly with him more than once,

Leslie Hewitt Gay (1871-1949) Test Cap No: 91

Full name Leslie Hewitt Gay
Born March 24, 1871, Brighton, Sussex
Died November 1, 1949, Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon (aged 78 years 222 days)
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Hampshire, Somerset
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Major Leslie Hewitt Gay, who played in a Test match in Australia in the winter of 1894-95 and kept goal at soccer for England, Cambridge University Corinthians and Old Brightonians, died at Sidmouth on November 1, aged 78. A cousin of Mr. K. J. Key, captain of Surrey, Gay, who was born at Brighton on March 24, 1871, kept wicket for Cambridge against Oxford in 1892 and 1893. He helped Hampshire and Somerset between 1888 and 1900, and appeared for Gentlemen v. Players at the Oval in 1892. In 1894, when a member of the Somerset team, he toured Australia with A. E. Stoddart's team but played only in the first Test. At football, Gay kept goal in the University Match in 1892 and was capped for England against Scotland in 1893, and against Scotland and Wales the following year.Leslie Hewitt Gay, born at Brighton on 24 March 1871 and died at Sidmouth, Devon, on 1 November 1949, was a cricketer who played for Cambridge University, Hampshire, Somerset and England. As a footballer, he played for Cambridge University, the Corinthians and England.