In 1866 he had been top of the Huyton Cricket Club averages and was reckoned to be their best bowler. He played his only match for Lancashire the following year, at Whalley, against Yorkshire, when he batted at number nine. He also took the two valuable wickets of E.Stephenson and G.Anderson, both bowled.
On 1st to 3rd August he played for Twenty-two of St.Helens and District against the United All England Eleven, scoring 2 and 6 and taking two wickets.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living at Clairmont, Victoria Road, Huyton-with-Roby, a widower aged 36 born Nottingham, a merchant. He had two sons, Herbert aged 15 and Frank aged 9, and three daughters Lucy aged 12, Nellie aged 7 and Hollie aged 2. There was a visitor and two domestic servants.
He collapsed in the street in Roby, taken to hospital, where he was declared dead of a heart attack.
(Article: Copyright © 2004 Don Ambrose)
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