Francis Bacon (cricketer)
|Full name||Francis Hugh Bacon|
24 June 1869|
Colombo, British Ceylon
|Died||31 October 1915
At sea, off the coast of Belgium
|Domestic team information|
|1895–1897, 1903–1909 & 1911||Hampshire|
Source: Cricinfo, 17 February 2010
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.
World War I service and death
Bacon died at sea off the coast of Belgium aboard the Royal Yacht Squadron's steam yacht Aries. The ship was hit by a sea mine while on an Auxiliary Patrol near the South Goodwin Lightship on 31 October 1915.