George Pope (cricketer)

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George Pope
Personal information
Full name George Henry Pope
Born (1911-01-27)27 January 1911
Tibshelf, Derbyshire, England
Died 29 October 1993(1993-10-29) (aged 82)
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All rounder
Relations Alf Pope, Harold Pope
Domestic team information
Years Team
19331948 Derbyshire
First-class debut 8 July 1933 Derbyshire v Worcestershire
Last First-class 4 August 1948 Derbyshire v Surrey
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 205
Runs scored 8 7518
Batting average 28.05
100s/50s –/– 8/43
Top score 8* 207*
Balls bowled 218 30781
Wickets 1 677
Bowling average 85.00 19.92
5 wickets in innings 40
10 wickets in match 7
Best bowling 1/49 8/38
Catches/stumpings –/– 157/–
Source: [1], 19 April 2010

George Henry Pope (27 January 1911[1] – 29 October 1993) was an English cricketer, who played for Derbyshire from 1933 to 1948, and in one Test for England in 1947.

Life and career[edit]

Pope was born at Tibshelf, Derbyshire,[1] and followed his older brother Alf Pope into the Derbyshire side in 1933. He made his debut in an innings victory against Worcestershire and played one more first class match that season. He became a regular player in 1934 and 1935. In 1936 a cartilage injury early in the season caused him to miss all but a handful of matches in the county's County Championship-winning side. He returned in 1937 and scored more than 1,000 runs with 92 wickets, and toured India with Lord Tennyson's XI in 1937–38.

Pope was Derbyshire's leading all-rounder in both 1938 and 1939, achieving the all-rounder's double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in 1938. He played League cricket in 1946, the first season after World War II, but returned to Derbyshire for 1947, when he took 114 wickets. He was back again in 1948, when he completed the second double of his career and made his highest score, an unbeaten 207 against Hampshire at Portsmouth, sharing an unbroken seventh wicket stand of 241 with Albert Rhodes that remained the county's record until 2000.

Pope's Test career had one false start. In 1938, he was picked in the party for the Trent Bridge match against Australia and then discarded from the final eleven. Finally, he played in the Lord's Test of 1947 against South Africa, but took only one tail-end wicket and was dropped.[1]

At the end of the 1948 season, Pope announced his immediate retirement to move to the Channel Islands to look after his wife, who was ill. He returned to first-class cricket on the Commonwealth XI tour of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1949–50, but at the end of that he retired for good.

Pope was a right hand batsman and played 312 innings in 205 first class matches, with an average of 28.05. He made eight centuries, with a top score of 207 not out. He was a right-arm fast-medium bowler, and took 677 first class wickets at average of 19.92, and a best performance of 8 for 38, amongst his forty five wicket hauls.[2]

From 1966 to 1974, Pope stood as a first-class umpire in English county matches, returning for one last match as umpire in 1976.[1]

He died in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, at the age of 82. As well as his elder brother Alf, his younger brother, Harold Pope, also played for Derbyshire.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 134. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ George Pope at Cricket Archive