Cuthbert Burnup

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Cuthbert Burnup
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Personal information
Full name Cuthbert James Burnup
Born (1875-11-21)21 November 1875
Blackheath, Kent
Died 5 April 1960(1960-04-05) (aged 84)
Golders Green, Middlesex
Nickname Pinky
Batting style Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1895–1898 Cambridge University
1896–1907 Kent
1899–1903 Marylebone Cricket Club
1901 London County
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 228
Runs scored 13,614
Batting average 36.79
100s/50s 26/81
Top score 200
Balls bowled 5,813
Wickets 98
Bowling average 32.42
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/36
Catches/stumpings 107/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 5 March 2016

Cuthbert James Burnup (21 November 1875 – 5 April 1960), also known as Pinky Burnup, was an English amateur sportsman who played cricket and football around the turn of the 20th century. Burnup played once for the England football team but is more renowned for playing over 200 first-class cricket matches, mainly for Kent County Cricket Club. He was named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1903.

Early life and education[edit]

Burnup was born in Blackheath, then part of the county of Kent, the son of J M Burnup. He was educated at Malvern School, where he captained the school cricket and racquets teams,[1] and Clare College, Cambridge, gaining Blues in football and cricket.[2][3] Burnup played for Cambridge University Cricket Club for three years from 1896, leading the University in runs scored in both 1896 and 1898, and the University football team from 1895 to 1898.[3][4]

Football career[edit]

Burnup played 79 matches for Corinthian F.C. between 1894 and 1901, scoring 28 times.[1] He played on the left wing and was considered a quick player who could dribble the ball effectively.[1] He toured with Corinthian to South Africa in 1897 and helped the club win the London Charity Cup in the same year.[1][5] He also played for Old Malvernians F.C.

Whilst at Cambridge, Burnup was selected to represent England against Scotland at Celtic Park in Glasgow in April 1896. The match, part of the 1896–97 British Home Championship, ended with England losing 2–1, the first Scottish victory in the fixture for 20 years.[6] The match did much to signal the end of the reliance of the Football Association on amateur footballers.[citation needed] It was his only game for England.[2]

Cricket career[edit]

Burnup made his first-class cricket debut in 1895 for the Gentlemen of England at Lord's again I Zingari.[7] He made his Kent County Cricket Club debut in 1896 whilst at University and played regularly for the County until 1907.[7] He scored over 1,000 runs for Kent eight times and made 157 first-class appearances for the side.[2][8]

As an opening batsman Burnup was considered cautious but was able to score on all types of pitch and could, when required, score quickly.[2][3] He scored Kent's first double hundred, making exactly 200 against Lancashire in 1900, and scored over 2,000 runs in 1902.[2][3] In 1903 Wisden named him as one of the five Cricketers of the Year.[3][9] He made 102 consecutive County Championship appearances for Kent between 1899 and 1903, becoming the first man to play in over 100 consecutive Championship matches for the County.[10] He captained Kent for one season in 1903, taking over from Jack Mason who had resigned as captain at the end of the previous season.[3]

Burnup played an important role in Kent's first County Championship winning campaign in 1906, leading the domestic first-class batting averages, scoring 1,207 runs at 67.05 despite playing in only 13 matches during the season.[9][11] He was described by The Guardian as "essentially a sound, steady batsman" who contrasted with the flamboyant Kenneth Hutchings, Kent's leading run scorer of the season.[12] He took part in tours to Holland, America and Australia and New Zealand during his career.[1][2]

Burnup appears in the record books as the only first-class bowler to have 10 runs scored off one ball. This happened when he was playing for MCC against Derbyshire in 1900 during a short-lived trial system where a net was placed around the playing surface. The runs were scored by Samuel Hill Wood.[13]

Later life[edit]

Burnup was a stockbroker and businessman in London.[1] He died at North End, Golders Green, Middlesex at the age of 84 in 1960.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Corinthians - Notable Players, Corinthian-Casuals Football Club. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Obituaries in 1960 - Burnup, Mr Cuthbert James, Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack, 1961. Available online. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Pinky Burnup - Cricketer of the Year 1903, Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack, 1903. Available online. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  4. ^ "Burnup, Cuthbert James (BNP894CJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ Rice T, Cricinfo – Burnup and other absent friends left Kent out in the cold, CricInfo. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  6. ^ Murray S (2013) England v Scotland: after 141 years of rivalry, clash must rediscover its edge, The Guardian, 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  7. ^ a b First-class matches played by Cuthbert Burnup, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  8. ^ First-class batting and fielding for each team by Cuthbert Burnup, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  9. ^ a b Wilde S (2013) "1903 Five cricketers of the year" in Wisden Cricketers of the Year: A Celebration of Cricket's Greatest Players, pp.46–48. (Available online)
  10. ^ Geraint Jones reaches impressive County Championship milestone, Kent County Cricket Club, 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  11. ^ First-class batting and fielding in each season by Cuthbert Burnup, Cricket Archive. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  12. ^ Quoted in Burnton S (2016) The forgotten feats of Kenneth Hutchings, a life cruelly cut short at the Somme, The Guardian, 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  13. ^ Lynch S (2000) Ten runs off one ball, The Guardian, 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2016-03-20.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Mason
Kent County Cricket Club captain
Succeeded by
C. H. B. Marsham