Born at Newton, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, 14th November 1843.
Died at Leyland, Lancashire, 28th August 1910.
He learned his cricket with the Lascelles Hall and Kirkheaton clubs. He first went out as a professional in 1863 with the Dewsbury and Savile club and in 1867 and 1868 was at Stonyhurst College, moving to the Lancashire Cricket Club at Manchester 1869 and 1870 and to Burnley in 1871. His first first-class match was in 1871, the first of 193 first class matches, 139 of them for Yorkshire and two of them being Test Matches. He toured Australia in 1876/7 and took the first wicket in Test cricket. In 1872 he was engaged by the St Johnís club, Huddersfield and at Cambridge 1873-77. In the following years he was engaged at Oxford, Rugby School, old Trafford again and with the Warwickshire Cricket Club at Birmingham. He finished his days engaged by John Stanning at Leyland, where he is buried.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living at New Town, Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, aged 35 and described as a woollen weaver, with his wife Ellen, aged 32. He had three daughters Alice aged 9, Kathleen M. aged 2 and Gertrude aged 11 months.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)
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