Arthur Wood (American cricketer)

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Arthur Wood
Arthur Machin Wood in 1897.jpg
Personal information
Full name Arthur Machin Wood
Born (1861-02-21)21 February 1861
Pye Bridge, Derbyshire, England
Died 25 August 1947(1947-08-25) (aged 86)
Philadelphia, United States
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm slow
Domestic team information
Years Team
1879 Derbyshire
1884 United States national cricket team
1892–1909 Gentlemen of Philadelphia
First-class debut 14 July 1879 Derbyshire v Yorkshire
Last First-class 17 September 1909 Gentlemen of Philadelphia v Gentlemen of Ireland
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 71
Runs scored 2675
Batting average 22.47
100s/50s 4/12
Top score 182
Balls bowled 664
Wickets 13
Bowling average 26.76
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/31
Catches/stumpings 96/0
Source: Cricket Archive

Arthur Machin Wood (21 February 1861 – 25 August 1947) was an English-born American cricketer, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though he started his cricket career with Derbyshire, Wood played most of his major matches with the Philadelphian cricket team. He played a total of 71 first-class matches.[1]

Cricket in England[edit]

Wood was born in Pye Bridge in Derbyshire, England. He played a single match for Nottinghamshire against Leicestershire at Leicester, a match which began on 16 September 1878.[2] Batting ninth he scored 15 before being bowled. Nottinghamshire won comfortably by an innings and 186 runs. Leicestershire were not ranked as a first class county at the time.

Wood played two first-class matches for Derbyshire in the 1879 season. The first began on 14 July 1879 against Yorkshire. The eighteen-year-old scored only 5 runs in the first innings and nine in the second.[3] He earned a spot against Nottinghamshire the following month, but fared no better scoring 9 and 5.[4] This was Wood's last county cricket match as he moved to Philadelphia in 1879.[5]

Philadelphian cricket[edit]

The Philadelphian cricketing establishment had strict rules for maintaining an American feel in their cricket. Wood was not allowed to play on the representative Philadelphian cricket team until he had satisfied a 5-year residency requirement.[6] In 1881 Wood accepted at offer to coach the Belmont Cricket Club and took a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in Philadelphia in 1882.[7] Though he had come to Philadelphia to manage and play for Belmont,[5] his first-class debut in Philadelphia was between the American born cricketers in the city and those Englishmen that were resident there. Playing for the English Residents, Wood scored only 5 runs in the match and his side lost.[8] He played in this match each year until 1884 when he first played against the Philadelphians with the rest of America. He scored 32 runs in the second innings of this loss.[9] His debut for the Philadelphian side came on 5 September 1892 against the remaining US players. In this match, Wood led his new team with a career high 182 runs before being stumped. The Philadelphian side won by an innings and 281 runs.[10] He played for the next five years against touring foreign sides before joining the Philadelphians on their tour of England in 1897. He also took part in the tours of 1903 and 1908.[11] Wood died in Philadelphia on 25 August 1947.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Cricinfo – Players and Officials – Arthur Wood". Cricinfo. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  2. ^ Knight, W. H., Ed. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 16 (1879): 229.
  3. ^ "Yorkshire v Derbyshire in 1879". CricketArchive. 2003–2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire in 1879". CricketArchive. 2003–2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  5. ^ a b Cooper, David (1999), "Canadians Declare "It Isn't Cricket": A Century of Rejection of the Imperial Game, 1860–1960" (PDF), Journal of Sport History, 26 (1): 63 
  6. ^ Melville, Tom, The Tented Field, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, Ohio (1998), ISBN 0-87972-769-1, p.121-122
  7. ^ The New York Clipper Annual 1893
  8. ^ "American Born v English Residents in 1881". CricketArchive. 2003–2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  9. ^ "Philadelphians v United States of America in 1884". CricketArchive. 2003–2007. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  10. ^ "Gentlemen of Philadelphia v Players of United States of America in 1892". CricketArchive. 2003–2007. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  11. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Arthur Wood". CricketArchive. 2003–2007. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 

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