Cyril Poole

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Cyril Poole
Personal information
Full name Cyril John Poole
Born (1921-03-13)13 March 1921
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Died 11 February 1996(1996-02-11) (aged 74)
Balderton, Nottinghamshire, England
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Left arm medium
Role Occasional wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 368) 30 December 1951 v India
Last Test 10 February 1952 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1948–1962 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 3 383
Runs scored 161 19,364
Batting average 40.25 32.54
100s/50s –/2 24/127
Top score 69 not out 222 not out
Balls bowled 30 550
Wickets 4
Bowling average 86.75
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/8
Catches/stumpings 1/– 224/5
Source: Cricinfo, 25 May 2009

Cyril John Poole (13 March 1921[1] – 11 February 1996) was an English cricketer, who played for Nottinghamshire and in three Tests for England. He also played football for Mansfield Town, Gillingham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Poole was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.[1]

An entertaining left-handed batsman,[1] Poole was 27 before he came into county cricket, but soon established himself in what was, throughout his time with them, one of the weaker first-class county sides. His best season was 1961, when he scored 1,860 runs in first-class cricket.[2]

His one taste of Test cricket came on the 1951/52 tour to India. Poole, who had replaced Jack Ikin because of injury, played three times for what was, in effect, an England second eleven, scoring two fifties. He was never picked for England again, his batting defensive frailities counting against him,[1] though he continued in county cricket until 1962, and had his best season at the age of 40. He was an outstanding fielder in almost any position.

His healthy Test batting average of 40.25,[1] was complemented by one of 32.45 at first-class level. Poole was an occasional bowler and wicket-keeper.

As a footballer, he became Mansfield Town's youngest-ever debutant, aged 15.[2] He later played for Gillingham and Wolves.[2]

Cyril Poole died, in Balderton, Nottinghamshire, on 11 February 1996, aged 74.[2] His Wisden obituary in 1997, which described him as a "splendidly entertaining" cricketer, "one of the most gifted and audacious left-handed batsmen on the circuit... and a great fielder".[2] It also included an anecdote:

"He would regularly borrow any bat that was lying around the dressing room, never worrying about the weight or other technicalities. It is said that his team-mates tried to cure him with a trick bat, which was merely a shell filled with sawdust. He scored about 70 with it and apparently never noticed."[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 134. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wisden Cricketer's Almanack, 1997, p.1413

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