Frank Boys

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Frank Boys
Personal information
Full nameFrank Cecil Boys
Born(1918-06-21)21 June 1918
Kensington, Middlesex, England
Died27 March 2003(2003-03-27) (aged 84)
Dunsfold, Surrey, England
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 7
Runs scored 273
Batting average 21.00
100s/50s –/2
Top score 84
Catches/stumpings 4/–
Source: Cricinfo, 9 March 2019

Frank Cecil Boys (21 June 1918 – 27 March 2003) was an English first-class cricketer and Royal Navy officer.

Life, naval career and first-class cricket[edit]

Boys was born at Kensington and was educated at Dartmouth Naval College,[1] graduating into the Royal Navy shortly before Second World War. He was promoted to the rank of sub-lieutenant in February 1939, with seniority antedated to May 1938.[2] He served in the navy in the war, during which he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in May 1940.[3] In the later stages of the war he was mentioned in dispatches in November 1944 and December 1945.[4][5]

Following the war, Boys made his debut in first-class cricket for the Combined Services cricket team against the touring South Africans at Portsmouth in 1947.[6] He played first-class cricket for the Combined Services until 1951, making seven appearances.[6] He scored a total of 273 runs in his seven first-class matches, at an average of 21.00.[7] His highest score of 84 came against Essex in 1950.[8] His performance, alongside 10 wickets in the match from Brian Close, took them close to victory in a match which ultimately ended as a draw.[1]

Having been promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander in March 1948,[9] he was promoted to the rank of commander in December 1953.[10] He retired from the Royal Navy in May 1957.[11] He died in March 2003 at Dunsfold, Surrey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wisden - Obituaries index: A-E". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ "No. 34602". The London Gazette. 24 February 1939. p. 1309.
  3. ^ "No. 34859". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 May 1940. p. 3185.
  4. ^ "No. 36815". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 November 1944. p. 5457.
  5. ^ "No. 37380". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 December 1945. p. 5994.
  6. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by Frank Boys". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  7. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Frank Boys". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  8. ^ "Essex v Combined Services, 1950". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  9. ^ "No. 38246". The London Gazette. 26 March 1948. p. 2074.
  10. ^ "No. 40075". The London Gazette. 15 January 1954. p. 378.
  11. ^ "No. 41125". The London Gazette. 12 July 1957. p. 4158.

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