Frank Gillingham

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Frank Gillingham
Frank Hay Gillingham, Vanity Fair, 1906-08-15.jpg
Personal information
Full name Frank Hay Gillingham
Born (1875-09-06)6 September 1875
Tokyo, Japan
Died 1 April 1953(1953-04-01) (aged 77)
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicketkeeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1903–1928 Essex
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 210
Runs scored 10050
Batting average 30.64
100s/50s 19/-
Top score 201
Balls bowled 8
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 111/1
Source: Cricinfo, 23 July 2013

Frank Hay Gillingham (6 September 1875 – 1 April 1953) was an English cricketer. He played for Essex between 1903 and 1928.[1]

Born in Tokyo to a J. Gillingham, he was educated at Dulwich College and Durham University. He worked in the city of London for a while but was ordained as a priest in 1899 and became curate of Leyton. He later became an army chaplain with the 2nd Battalion The South Wales Borderers at Tidworth from 1905 to 1907 and again as Temporary Chaplain to the Forces during the First World War.

As an amateur cricketer he was a member of the Essex XI who in 1905 beat the Australians at Leyton by 19 runs. He then went on to tour Jamaica with the Hon. L H Tennyson's team in 1927. That year he also made the first ball-by-ball cricket commentary for the BBC, speaking for a total of 25 minutes over four sessions. He was reportedly fired by BBC chairman Lord Reith for reading advertisement placards out on air to fill time during a rain break.[2]

In 1939, the Reverend Gillingham was appointed Chaplain to the Royal household.


  1. ^ "Frank Gillingham". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ "The birth of ball-by-ball cricket commentary on BBC". Retrieved 27 August 2013. 

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