Lord Brackley's XI cricket team in the West Indies in 1904–05

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Lord Brackley's XI was the fifth team of English cricketers to tour the West Indies, playing in the 1904-05 season. The team was captained by John Egerton, 4th Earl of Ellesmere and played a total of 20 matches between January and April 1905, of which ten are regarded as first class. For the first time, professionals were taken: Ernie Hayes of Surrey and George Thompson of Northamptonshire.

A party of 13 was taken:

J. Moss was taken as umpire and played in minor matches. None of the players had been in the earlier touring sides to the West Indies. The inclusion of the two Professionals considerably strengthened the team. Thompson had played for Northamptonshire in 1904, their last season as a minor county. He was, however, well up to first class standard. The Amateurs were of mixed standard, including a number of useful players like Simpson-Hayward, Somerset and Wynyard together with a number of borderline first class standard including the captain himself. G. Bellamy accompanied the team as scorer and played in a first class against Jamaica. S. Beton played in a minor match.

Matches played were:

  • 12, 13 January : v Jamaica
  • 14, 16 January : v XVIII of Jamaica, odds match 12 v 18
  • 17 January : v Jamaica Garrison, 12-a-side
  • 19, 20, 21 January: v Jamaica
  • 31 January, 1–2 February : v Barbados
  • 3, 4 February : v XVIII of Barbados, odds match 12 v 18
  • 6, 7, 8 February: v West Indies (in Barbados)
  • 8, 9, 10 February: v Barbados
  • 15, 16 February : v St. Lucia
  • 17, 18 February : v Garrison XI (in St. Lucia)
  • 20, 21 February : v St. Lucia
  • 27 February : v Barbados Garrison
  • 2, 3, 4 March v : British Guiana
  • 6, 7, 8 March v : British Guiana
  • 14, 15, 16 March : v St. Vincent
  • 17, 18 March : v St. Vincent
  • 21, 22, 23 March : v Queens' Park (in Trinidad)
  • 25, 27, 28 March v : Trinidad
  • 31 March, 1, 3, 4 April v : West Indies (in Trinidad)
  • 4, 5, 6 April v : Trinidad

First class matches are highlighted.

Of the 10 first class matches, 6 were won, 3 lost and 1 drawn. Overall 11 matches were won, 3 lost and 6 drawn. The first matches of the tour were in Jamaica rather than Barbados as had happened on previous tours. The tourists were lucky to draw the first match against Jamaica but the next week won heavily by an innings and 169 runs. The tourists lost the second match against Barbados and then twice to Trinidad. Both match against the combined XI were won. A number of the minor matches were drawn but the tourists did win by an innings in all their matches in St. Lucia with the home team never scoring more than 102 in any innings. St. Vincent took the first innings lead in both their games but both matches were drawn.

Although in their mid to late 40s Wynyard and Somerset were highly successful batsmen supported well by Hayes. Other batsmen performed well in the minor matches but were less successful in the important games. Thompson was the mainstay of the bowling taking 75 first class wickets and 126 in all matches. Hayes and Simpson-Hayward also made useful contributions with the ball.

Averages[edit]

The following averages are in the 10 first class matches (Batting Bowling).

Batting[edit]

Player P I NO R HS Ave 100 50 C/S
EG Wynyard 8 14 0 562 157 40.14 2 2 9/1
AWF Somerset 9 15 5 326 68* 32.60 - 3 10/3
EG Hayes 9 16 1 425 100* 28.33 2 1 8
CHM Ebden 10 18 0 384 78 21.33 - 2 7
TGO Cole 10 17 2 295 68 19.66 - 3 5
GHT Simpson-Hayward 9 16 0 312 67 19.50 - 1 11
GJ Thompson 10 17 1 274 37 17.12 - - 3
Lord Brackley 9 16 3 191 34 14.69 - - 6/1
CP Foley 10 17 0 239 58 14.05 - 1 1
GH Drummond 6 11 0 110 34 10.00 - - 1
RCW Burn 9 15 3 107 23 8.91 - - 5
HV Hesketh-Prichard 5 9 1 65 37 8.12 - - -
HJ Powys-Keck 5 8 3 37 25* 7.40 - - -
G Bellamy 1 1 1 0 0* - - 1

Bowling[edit]

Player O M R W BB Ave 5i 10m
EG Hayes 121.2 25 325 26 3-16 12.50 - -
GJ Thompson 353.5 81 1048 75 7-65 13.97 10 2
GHT Simpson-Hayward 182.5 25 564 32 5-29 17.62 1 -
HJ Powys-Keck 67.2 11 233 12 4-24 19.41 - -
HV Hesketh-Prichard 101.4 18 311 14 5-49 22.21 1 -
RCW Burn 144.5 37 349 14 4-1 24.92 - -
G Bellamy 2 0 20 0
EG Wynyard 5 0 28 0

References[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Wynne-Thomas, The Complete History of Cricket Tours at Home & Abroad, Guild, 1989

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