Frederick Cook (cricketer)

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Frederick Cook
FJ Cook of South Africa.jpg
Personal information
Full nameFrederick James Cook
Born31 January 1870[1]
Java, Dutch East Indies
Died30 November 1915 (aged 45)
Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Ottoman Turkey
International information
National side
Domestic team information
1893-94 to 1904-05Eastern Province
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 6
Runs scored 7 172
Batting average 3.50 17.19
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 7 59
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings -/- 1/-
Source: Cricinfo

Frederick James Cook (31 January 1870, Java, Dutch East Indies – 30 November 1915, Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Ottoman Turkey) was a South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1896.

Cook was a right-handed batsman who played for Eastern Province infrequently over a 12-season period between 1893–94 and 1904–05. He made his highest score in his first-ever first-class cricket innings, when he captained Eastern Province and scored 59 and 28.[2]

In 1895–96, he played in the first Test match between South Africa and the MCC side captained by Lord Hawke. Batting at number nine, he made 7 out of a total of 93 in the first innings and failed to score in the second innings, when South Africa were bowled out for 30, with George Lohmann taking eight wickets for seven runs. In this second innings, Cook was the first dismissal in a Lohmann hat-trick which finished the match.[3]

At the outbreak of World War I he was commissioned in the Border Regiment and quickly promoted to captain. He went to Gallipoli, where he was attached to the 1/4th Battalion (Queen's Edinburgh Rifles) of the Royal Scots. He was killed in action on 30 November 1915.[4]


  1. ^ "Frederick Cook". CricTotal. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Transvaal v Eastern Province 1893-94". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ "1st Test, England tour of South Africa at Port Elizabeth, Feb 13-14 1896". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  4. ^ Nigel McCrery, Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War, Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley, 2015. p. 170.

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