Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 1919

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club seasons
1919 season
Captain Richard Baggallay
County Championship 9
Most runs Leonard Oliver
Most wickets Billy Bestwick
Most catches George Beet

Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 1919 was the first cricket season after a four-year break from first class cricket during World War I. The English club Derbyshire had been playing for forty-eight years. It was their twenty first season in the County Championship and they won three matches in the County Championship to come ninth.

1919 season[edit]

After the First World War, county cricket resumed in 1919 but everyone connected with the game had to put in much effort to create a very basic competition. Matches were restricted to two days to begin with, but the experiment was not repeated.[1] Derbyshire played 14 matches in the County Championship and one against the Australian Imperial Forces. Derbyshire struggled to create a team, drawing in several youngsters, and also calling upon players who had last represented the club years previously. As a result, they managed three wins in the County Championship and four matches altogether - their particular accomplishment was to defeat the Australian Imperial Forces XI, Derbyshire being the only county side to do so.

Richard Baggallay had been the last captain before the war and he led the team in the resumption of the game although he only played in three matches. John Chapman was the most frequent substitute. Leonard Oliver was top scorer and Billy Bestwick took most wickets with 89. Bestwick had made his debut for Derbyshire in 1898; he had not played for them since 1909 and had a reputation for unreliability on account of taste for beer. He was brought back into the team in 1919 at the age of 43, with Arthur Morton as his minder. Although it was thought he would be past first-class cricket his capability surprised everybody.[1] The 36 runs victory over the Australians was achieved without Bestwick, who, was making his first appearance for the Players against the Gentlemen at Lord's. James Horsley managed a hat-trick, and with Arthur Morton shared nineteen wickets in the two Australian innings. George Beet stepped in behind the stumps, bridging the gap between the stalwarts Joe Humphries and Harry Elliott.

The season marked the beginning of Guy Jackson's long association with the club. Other new players included the Hill-Woods - Basil and Wilfred, Arthur Severn, Louis Flint, Geoffrey Bell and William Malthouse. In addition George Ratcliffe made his single appearance for Derbyshire against the Australians, and John Dunlop Southern made the first of his occasional appearances, also against the Australians.

Matches[edit]

List of matches
No. Date V Result Margin Notes
1 19 May 1919 [2] Lancashire
Old Trafford, Manchester
Lost 10 wickets W Bestwick 5-89
2 30 May 1919 [3] Leicestershire
Aylestone Road, Leicester
Won 9 wickets W Bestwick 5-44 and 7-109; Benskin 8-86
3 04 Jun 1919 [4] Nottinghamshire
County Ground, Derby
Lost Innings and 49 runs WA Flint 6-23
4 09 Jun 1919 [5] Warwickshire
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Won 7 wickets Oliver 99; W Bestwick 5-103 and 7-50; Howell 7-81
5 13 Jun 1919 [6] Northamptonshire
County Ground, Derby
Won 9 wickets W Bestwick 6-40 and 5-69
6 18 Jun 1919 [7] Lancashire
Queen's Park, Chesterfield
Lost Innings and 24 runs JT Tyldesley 272; W Bestwick 6-153; RK Tyldesley 5-41
7 20 Jun 1919 [8] Yorkshire
Park Avenue Cricket Ground, Bradford
Lost 10 wickets Blackburn 5-17; J Horsley 6-78
8 02 Jul 1919 [9] Yorkshire
Queen's Park, Chesterfield
Drawn
9 09 Jul 1919 [10] Somerset
County Ground, Derby
Lost 10 wickets White 6-56 and 5-58; W Bestwick 5-77; Robson 5-49
10 14 Jul 1919 [11] Australian Imperial Forces
County Ground, Derby
Won 36 runs J Horsley 6-55 and 6-62; Gregory 6-65
11 23 Jul 1919 [12] Somerset
Recreation Ground, Bath
Lost 3 wickets White 7-64; Robson 7-19
12 04 Aug 1919 [13] Warwickshire
County Ground, Derby
Lost 10 wickets Bates 119; W Bestwick 8-178; Howell 5-65
13 08 Aug 1919 [14] Northamptonshire
County Ground, Northampton
Lost 3 wickets W Bestwick 5-105
14 13 Aug 1919 [15] Leicestershire
Queen's Park, Chesterfield
Lost 4 wickets Benskin 7-68 and 6-56; W Bestwick 6-75
15 25 Aug 1919 [16] Nottinghamshire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Drawn

Statistics[edit]

County Championship batting averages[edit]

Name Matches Inns Runs High score Average 100s
BSH Hill-Wood 3 3 52 24 26.00 0
SWA Cadman 10 18 428 78* 25.17 0
G Beet 14 24 492 92* 24.60 0
L Oliver 14 26 625 99 24.03 0
J Chapman 13 24 521 80 22.65 0
WWH Hill-Wood 3 5 102 32 20.40 0
GR Jackson 5 9 183 50 20.33 0
TF Revill 7 12 175 65* 19.44 0
A Severn 9 16 263 73 17.53 0
H Wild 13 22 326 68 17.15 0
CJ Corbett 2 4 51 23 17.00 0
A Morton 14 24 272 46* 12.95 0
J Horsley 11 16 138 19 12.54 0
HF Purdy 2 3 23 13 11.50 0
LE Flint 6 9 88 35 9.77 0
GF Bell 1 2 19 18 9.50 0
RRC Baggallay 3 5 32 16 6.40 0
T Forrester 4 5 23 14 4.60 0
AG Slater 2 4 17 7 4.25 0
W Bestwick 14 21 43 13* 3.07 0
WN Malthouse 2 3 9 5 3.00 0
J Gladwin 1 1 0 0 0.00 0
FA Newton 1 2 0 0 0.00 0

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County Championship bowling averages[edit]

Name Balls Runs Wickets BB Average
W Bestwick 3289 1614 89 8-178 18.13
A Morton 1861 914 31 4-53 29.48
J Horsley 993 552 24 6-78 23.00
T Forrester 654 305 11 4-45 27.72
SWA Cadman 518 268 7 4-49 38.28
LE Flint 371 217 7 3-30 31.00
BSH Hill-Wood 174 149 4 2-42 37.25
WWH Hill-Wood 132 89 2 1-11 44.50
AG Slater 175 95 2 2-34 47.50
L Oliver 13 14 0
HF Purdy 36 26 0
H Wild 36 25 0 [18]

Wicket Keeper[edit]

G Beet Catches 25, Stumping 7

Derbyshire County Cricketers in the Great War[edit]

Casualties[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • RRC Baggallay served in the Irish Guards and was successively captain and major, seeing service at the Somme and Ypres.[23][24] He was mentioned in despatches and awarded D.S.O. and M.C. in 1919.
  • GR Jackson served as a captain at Salonica in January 1918,and was awarded the Military Cross. He was also mentioned in despatches twice and also won the French Legion d’Honneur and the Greek Military Cross. Jackson was leading his troops on patrol when some Bulgarian soldiers approached, carrying a flag of truce. They were asking for the armistice which was to end Bulgaria’s part in the First World War.[25]
  • GF Bell won the Military Cross.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b W.T. Taylor History of Derbyshire cricket Wisden 1953
  2. ^ Cricket Archive - Lancashire v Derbyshire 19 May 1919
  3. ^ Cricket Archive - Leicestershire v Derbyshire 30 May 1919
  4. ^ Cricket Archive - Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire 04 Jun 1919
  5. ^ Cricket Archive - Warwickshire v Derbyshire 09 Jun 1919
  6. ^ Cricket Archive - Derbyshire v Northamptonshire 13 Jun 1919
  7. ^ Cricket Archive - Derbyshire v Lancashire 18 Jun 1919
  8. ^ Cricket Archive -Yorkshire v Derbyshire 20 Jun 1919
  9. ^ Cricket Archive - Derbyshire v Yorkshire 02 Jul 1919
  10. ^ Cricket Archive - Derbyshire v Somerset 09 Jul 1919
  11. ^ Cricket Archive -Derbyshire v Australian Imperial Forces 14 Jul 1919
  12. ^ Cricket Archive -Somerset v Derbyshire 23 Jul 1919
  13. ^ Cricket Archive -Derbyshire v Warwickshire 04 Aug 1919
  14. ^ Cricket Archive -Northamptonshire v Derbyshire 08 Aug 1919
  15. ^ Cricket Archive - Derbyshire v Leicestershire 13 Aug 1919
  16. ^ Cricket Archive - Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire 25 Aug 1919
  17. ^ Batting and Fielding for Derbyshire County Championship 1919
  18. ^ Bowling for Derbyshire County Championship 1919
  19. ^ Newspaper Obituaries of Frank Miller
  20. ^ Casualty details—Bingham, Frank Miller, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved on 9 November 2009.
  21. ^ Harrow School memorials
  22. ^ Old Cestrefeldians in the Great War[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ Rudyard Kipling The Irish Guards in the Great War, Vol 1 1917 The Somme to Gouzeaucourt
  24. ^ Rudyard Kipling The Irish Guards in the Great War, Vol 1 1918 Arras to the Armistice
  25. ^ Bygone Derbyshire Derbyshire County Cricket Club's new dawn