George Pope (cricketer)
|Full name||George Henry Pope|
27 January 1911|
Tibshelf, Derbyshire, England
|Died||29 October 1993
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Relations||Alf Pope, Harold Pope|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||8 July 1933 Derbyshire v Worcestershire|
|Last First-class||4 August 1948 Derbyshire v Surrey|
|Source: , 19 April 2010|
Life and career
Pope was born at Tibshelf, Derbyshire, 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.
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.