Evelyn Martin (cricketer)

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Evelyn Martin
Commander E G Martin, OBE, RNVR Art.IWMARTLD4077.jpg
Personal information
Full name Evelyn George Martin
Born (1881-03-22)22 March 1881
Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England
Died 27 April 1945(1945-04-27) (aged 64)
Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Domestic team information
Years Team
1903–1906 Oxford University
1903–1907 Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 29
Runs scored 519
Batting average 12.65
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 56
Balls bowled 5,750
Wickets 107
Bowling average 23.51
5 wickets in innings 5
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 7/81
Catches/stumpings 10/0
Source: CricketArchive, 8 March 2009

Commander Evelyn George Martin RNR OBE (22 March 1881 – 27 April 1945) was a sailor, writer and cricketer. He was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he was awarded a cricket Blue, and served in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He was born in Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire.


A 6' 7" tall bachelor of independent means with family connections to Martin's bank (merged with Barclays Bank in 1969), his interest in working boats under sail was kindled by his trips on Brixham trawlers. In 1923 he purchased the French pilot cutter Jolie Brise and sailed her to victory in the first Fastnet Race of 1925.[1] He was the founder and first Commodore of the Ocean Racing Club (RORC), and later Admiral until he died.[2]

After selling Jolie Brise he worked Thames barges on England's east coast.

Martin wrote many articles for Yachting World and three books: Deep Water Cruising (1928); Sailorman (1933); Helmsmanship (1934).

Martin died from heart failure in Hadleigh, Suffolk at the age of 64.[3]


Most of Martin's first-class appearances came for Oxford University, but he also played three games for Worcestershire and one for H. D. G. Leveson-Gower's XI.

Martin played a number of times for Eton, and in 1899 he took ten wickets in the match against Harrow at Lord's.[4] His first-class debut came in May 1903, for Oxford against Gentlemen of England at The Parks; he claimed five wickets in the match including that of centurion Bernard Bosanquet.[5] In a total of ten first-class games that season he took 37 wickets at 19.18, including two for his first and only County Championship match, for Worcestershire against Somerset.[6] (He went wicketless against the Gentlemen of Philadelphia on his other appearance for the county that year.[7])

In the next two seasons he played 15 first-class games, all for Oxford, and picked up 29 and 32 wickets respectively.[8] This period included his best innings return: 7/81 against Kent at Oxford's Christ Church ground in late May 1905.[9] He appeared twice more in 1906, scoring his only first-class half-century in hitting 56 from number 11 in the University Match at Lord's (adding 90 for the last wicket with Wilfred Curwen),[10] and in 1907 played two final matches, both against Oxford: once for Worcestershire, and once for H. D. G. Leveson-Gower's XI.[11]


  1. ^ "Yachting: The Ocean Race". The Times (44048). London. 24 August 1925. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "Yachting: The Ocean Race". The Times (44355). London. 20 August 1926. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Obituary. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1946.
  4. ^ "Eton College v Harrow School in 1899". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Oxford University v Gentlemen of England in 1903". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Worcestershire v Somerset in 1903". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Worcestershire v Gentlemen of Philadelphia in 1903". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "First-class Bowling in Each Season by Evelyn Martin". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Oxford University v Kent in 1905". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Oxford University v Cambridge University in 1906". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Evelyn Martin". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 March 2009.