Charles Wright (cricketer)

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Charles Wright
Ranji 1897 page 405-3 C. W. Wright.jpg
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 265
Runs scored 125 6,989
Batting average 31.25 15.88
100s/50s 0/1 2/30
Top score 71 114
Balls bowled 0 59
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average n/a n/a
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling n/a n/a
Catches/stumpings 0/0 195/40
Source: Cricinfo
Charles Wright

Charles William Wright (27 May 1863 in Harewood, near Leeds, Yorkshire, England – 10 January 1936 in Saxelby Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England) was a cricketer who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University between 1882 and 1885 and for Nottinghamshire between 1882 and 1899. Wright also played many first-class cricket games for the Marylebone Cricket Club. His Test match career was limited to three appearances for England against South Africa in 1895-96. Wright was an opening batsman and wicket-keeper.

Wright was educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

In total Wright went on four overseas tours, all of which were captained by Lord Hawke. These were to the United States and Canada in 1891 and 1894, to India in 1892-93, and then on the South African tour in which Wright played his Tests.

He is also notable for two other occurrences:

  • In 1890 he was the first captain to declare an innings closed. In a game against Kent at the Bat and Ball Ground in Gravesend, Wright declared Nottinghamshire's second innings closed on 157 for 5 to set Kent a target of 231 to win. However, the tactic did not come off as the game was drawn with Kent on 98 for 9 and Nottinghamshire requiring one more wicket to win.
  • In 1893 Wright became the fourth[1] batsman to be given out handled the ball after he picked up a ball that had become lodged in his pads and returned it to a fielder.

Wright retired from the game after losing his eye in a shooting accident and later became a long-standing member of the Nottinghamshire Cricket Club's committee.

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  1. ^ "Wright, William Charles (WRT881CW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.