Francis Bacon (cricketer)

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Francis Bacon
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Francis Bacon
Personal information
Full name Francis Hugh Bacon
Born (1869-06-24)24 June 1869
Colombo, British Ceylon
Died 31 October 1915(1915-10-31) (aged 46)
At sea, off the coast of Belgium
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm slow
Domestic team information
Years Team
1895–1897, 1903–1909 & 1911 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 75
Runs scored 1,909
Batting average 15.77
100s/50s 1/5
Top score 110
Balls bowled 217
Wickets 6
Bowling average 31.66
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/23
Catches/stumpings 34/–
Source: Cricinfo, 17 February 2010

Francis Hugh Bacon (24 June 1869 – 31 October 1915) was an English cricketer. Bacon was a right-handed batsman who was a right-arm slow bowler.


Bacon first played for Hampshire in 1894, the season in which the county club regained its first-class status, although Bacon made no first-class appearances for the county that season. The following season Bacon made his first-class debut for Hampshire against Somerset.

Bacon played 75 first-class matches for Hampshire, with the 1903 season being his most successful 357 runs at a batting average of 18.78, with a high score of 39*. In terms of batting average, the 1906 season was Bacon's best with 308 runs at a batting average of 23.69, with three fifties and a high score of 60.

Bacon's final match for Hampshire came in the 1911 County Championship against Lancashire at Old Trafford in Manchester. In Bacon's 75 first-class matches for the county he scored 1,909 runs at a batting average of 15.77, with five half centuries and a single century which gave Bacon his highest score of 110 against Leicestershire in 1907. Bacon also took 6 wickets at a bowling average of 31.66, with best figures of 2/23.

Bacon was also a scorer in four Hampshire v Warwickshire matches in 1911, 1912, 1913 and 1914.

World War I service and death[edit]

Bacon died at sea off the coast of Belgium aboard the Royal Yacht Squadron's steam yacht Aries, when the ship was hit by a sea mine while on an Auxiliary Patrol near the South Goodwin Lightship on 31 October 1915.

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