Charles Thornton (cricketer)

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C.I. Thornton

Charles Inglis Thornton (20 March 1850 – 10 December 1929), nicknamed "Buns", was an English cricketer who played more than 200 first-class matches in the later 19th century, for no fewer than 22 different teams.[1] He was also the founder of the Scarborough Festival.[2]

Thornton was born in Llanwarne, Herefordshire. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[3] He was considered one of the biggest hitters in cricket, with one shot at Hove in 1876 reputed to have exceeded 160 yards.[4] Thornton founded the Orleans Club which was active for ten years from 1878.[5] His own private team — C. I. Thornton's XI — played most of their early games at Fenner's, but after his retirement from playing in 1897 their home became Scarborough, where they continued to play first-class cricket until 1929, the year of Thornton's death. He died aged 79 in Marylebone, London.


  1. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Charles Thornton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  2. ^ Ambrose, Don (2004). "Brief profile of C.I.Thornton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Thornton, Charles, Inglis (THNN868CI)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Broadribb, Gerald (1975). "Thornton's great hit". The Cricketer. Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  5. ^ ACS, p.26.


  • ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS. 

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