Alfred Hind

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Alfred Hind
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Personal information
Full name Alfred Ernest Hind
Born (1878-04-07)7 April 1878
Preston, Lancashire, England
Died 21 March 1947(1947-03-21) (aged 68)
Oadby, Leicestershire, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1898–1901 Cambridge University
1901 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 37
Runs scored 681
Batting average 14.18
100s/50s 0/3
Top score 54*
Balls bowled 5494
Wickets 80
Bowling average 26.85
5 wickets in innings 3
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 7–30
Catches/stumpings 37/0
Source: CricketArchive, 29 July 1901

Alfred Ernest Hind (7 April 1878 – 21 March 1947) was an English sportsman who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University and represented England at rugby union.

Personal history[edit]

Hind was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1878. He was educated at Uppingham School before entering Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1897.[1] He gained four sporting Blues in athletics between 1898 and 1901 and ran the 100 yards in 9.8 seconds on teo occasions. He gained a further Blue with the rugby team in 1900. On leaving university be became a solicitor.[2]

Cricket career[edit]

A right arm medium pace bowler and handy lower order batsman, Hind played most of his cricket for Cambridge but also appeared in a first-class match for Nottinghamshire. That match came in the 1901 County Championship, against Leicestershire at Aylestone Road, but in a low scoring encounter but wasn't called on to bowl by his captain Arthur Jones.[3] The previous year he had played a three-day match for Nottinghamshire against the touring West Indians and made what would have been his highest score of 60 except the match wasn't awarded first-class status.[4]

Hind's first year at Cambridge University Cricket Club was his best, claiming 35 wickets at 17.91 in 1898.[5] He took his career best figures of 7 for 30 on debut, in a University Match against CI Thornton's England XI and despite him taking a further two wickets in the second innings they still lost the match.[6] Perhaps the biggest name out of his 80 first-class victims was the great W.G. Grace, whom Hind dismissed when the England Test cricketer was playing for the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1900.[7]

Rugby career[edit]

Hind had a long and distinguished rugby career, first representing Cambridge University while a student. He played in the Varsity Match of 1900 and on leaving he joined Leicester. The first of Hind's two England rugby union caps was a Test in 1905 against New Zealand. The other came the following year when he played against Wales in a Home Nations encounter. In 1903 he toured South Africa with the British Isles and he played his club rugby at Nottingham, mostly as a winger.[8]


  1. ^ "Hind, Alfred Ernest (HNT897AE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Maule, Raymond (1992). The Complete Who's Who of England Rugby Union Internationals. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 77. ISBN 1-873626-10-X. 
  3. ^ "Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire 1901". CricketArchive. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Nottinghamshire v West Indians 1900". CricketArchive. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "First-class Bowling in Each Season by Alfred Hind". CricketArchive. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Cambridge University v CI Thornton's England XI 1898". CricketArchive. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v Cambridge University 1900". CricketArchive. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Alfred Hind". 

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