Edward Shaw (cricketer, born 1892)

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Edward Shaw
Personal information
Full name Edward Alfred Shaw
Born (1892-05-16)16 May 1892
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
Died 7 October 1916(1916-10-07) (aged 24)
Le Sars, Pas-de-Calais, France
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
Relations Edward Shaw (father)
Robert Shaw (brother)
Brian Boobbyer (nephew)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1912–1914 Oxford University
1908–1914 Buckinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 13
Runs scored 424
Batting average 21.20
100s/50s –/2
Top score 57*
Balls bowled
Wickets
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 12/8
Source: Cricinfo, 20 July 2011

Edward Alfred Shaw (16 May 1892 – 7 October 1916) was an English cricketer and British Army officer. A bespectacled man, Shaw was a right-handed batsman who fielded as a wicket-keeper. The son of Edward Domett Shaw, the first Bishop of Buckingham, and Agnes Shaw,[1] he was born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.

He was educated at Marlborough College in Wiltshire,[1] where he played for the college cricket team, playing for the team for 5 years, acting as captain in the last 3 of these.[2] Shaw had made his debut for Buckinghamshire in the Minor Counties Championship in 1908 against Wiltshire.[3] He undertook studies at Brasenose College, Oxford,[4] making his first-class debut for Oxford University Cricket Club against the Free Foresters. He made 12 further first-class appearances for the university, the last of which came against Cambridge University in 1914.[5] In his 13 first-class matches, he scored 424 runs at an average of 21.20, with a high score of 57 not out.[6] This score, one of two fifties he made, scoring 57 runs in both. Behind the stumps, he kept well to the awkward bowling of John Evans, Basil Melle and Philip Le Couteur,[2] taking 12 catches and making 8 stumpings. He was awarded his Oxford Blue as a freshman.[2] He also continued to play on an infrequent basis for Buckinghamshire, making 16 further Minor Counties Championship appearances, the last of which came against Dorset in 1914,[3] a match in which he scored 117 runs in his final innings for the county.[2]

Shaw served during World War I with the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.[1] He held the rank of Lieutenant, before being promoted to Temporary Captain on 19 November 1915.[7] He was killed in action near Le Sars in France during the Battle of the Somme on 7 October 1916.[1] He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.[8]

He was survived by his brother, Robert, who played first-class cricket and later became a Captain in the Royal Navy. His younger brother, Bernard, was killed in the first year of World War I. His nephew, Brian Boobbyer, played first-class cricket for Oxford University and rugby union for England.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Edward Alfred Shaw". www.buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Wisden Obituary - Deaths in the war, 1916". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Edward Shaw". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Player profile: Edward Shaw". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Edward Shaw". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Edward Shaw". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 29591. p. 5069. 1916-23-05.
  8. ^ "Commonwealth War Graves Commission". www.cwgc.org. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 

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