Algernon Bligh

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Algernon Bligh
Personal information
Full name Algernon Stuart Bligh
Born (1888-10-06) 6 October 1888 (age 125)
Marylebone, London, England
Died 6 October 1888(1888-10-06) (aged -65)
Minehead, Somerset, England
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1922–1926 Somerset
First-class cricket debut 7 June 1922 Somerset v Derbyshire
Last First-class cricket 24 July 1926 Somerset v Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 14
Runs scored 455
Batting average 17.50
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 73*
Balls bowled 36
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/14
Catches/stumpings 13/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 23 November 2013

Algernon Stuart Bligh (6 October 1888 – 27 December 1952) played first-class cricket for Somerset from 1922 to 1926, appearing in 12 games in 1925.[1] He was born in Marylebone, London and died at Minehead, Somerset. He was descended from the Earls of Darnley and was a cousin of Ivo Bligh, the England cricket captain who retrieved The Ashes from Australia in 1882-83. In one source, his second forename is written as "Stewart".[2]

Background[edit]

Bligh was the great-grandson of Edward Bligh, 5th Earl of Darnley and was educated at Eton College and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.[2] He was married twice and had two children from each marriage.

Cricket[edit]

Bligh was a right-handed batsman, most successfully in the middle-order but in several of his games for Somerset he opened the innings. He passed 50 twice in his first-class career. In the match against Glamorgan at Cardiff Arms Park in 1925, he made an unbeaten 73 in the second innings, and this was the highest score of his career.[3] Wisden reported that he "batted admirably for two hours and three quarters".[4] In the following match, he made 71 against Essex at Taunton.[5]

He had played a single match in 1922 and after his 12 games in 1925, he returned for another single match in 1926.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Algernon Bligh". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Bligh". www.thepeerage.com. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-12. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ "Scorecard: Glamorgan v Somerset". www.cricketarchive.com. 1925-06-03. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Glamorgan Matches". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1926 ed.). Wisden. p. 382. 
  5. ^ "Scorecard: Somerset v Essex". www.cricketarchive.com. 1925-06-06. Retrieved 2010-06-12.