George Buckston

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George Buckston
Personal information
Full name George Moreton Buckston
Born (1881-03-12)12 March 1881
Hope, Derbyshire, England
Died 24 November 1942(1942-11-24) (aged 61)
Sutton-on-the-Hill, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Role Batsman and occ Wicket-Keeper
Derbyshire captain 1921
Relations Robin Buckston
Domestic team information
Years Team
1903 Cambridge University
19051921 Derbyshire
First-class debut 8 June 1903 Cambridge University v Gentlemen of Philadelphia
Last First-class 13 August 1921 Derbyshire v Leicestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 39
Runs scored 852
Batting average 11.83
100s/50s 0/4
Top score 96
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 8/1
Source: [1], 12 February 2010

George Moreton Buckston (12 March 1881 – 24 November 1942) was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University in 1903, MCC and Derbyshire between 1905 and 1921.

Buckston was born in Hope, Derbyshire and was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He started his cricket playing career for Cambridge University during the 1903 season, during which he played five games. He played one first class game for MCC in 1904 which was against Derbyshire and then joined Derbyshire in the 1905 season. Buckston made his County Championship debut for Derbyshire against Northamptonshire. Derbyshire won the match by an innings margin, Northamptonshire limited to just 52 runs in their first innings. Buckston played no further matches during the 1905 season, and Derbyshire finished third-bottom in the Championship.

Buckston played a greater role during the 1906 season, playing eight County Championship games, and making his career-high total score of 96, though Derbyshire finished bottom of the table, and Buckston played the 1907 season at the club.

Buckston served in the First World War as a Derbyshire Yeomanry captain in Salonica.[2]

Buckston returned to the Derbyshire team in the 1920 season. He played as an opening batsman seeing off competition for the position from Leonard Oliver who was deputising for the captain John Chapman for much of the season.

Buckston was captain in the 1921 season at the age of forty, but his performance was affected by his lack of recent experience and the effects of malaria.[3]

Buckston was a right-handed batsman and played 75 innings in 39 first class matches at an average of 11.83 and a top score of 96. He was an occasional wicket-keeper and took eight catches and one wicket by stumping.[4]

Buckston lived at Sutton-on-the-Hill and was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1926. He died at Sutton-on the Hill aged 61.

Buckston's son, Robin Buckston, played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1928 and 1939, and was designated club captain during his final three years within the team. Buckston's brother-in-law, Henry Allsopp, played first-class cricket for Cambridge University during 1876.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Chapman
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Guy Jackson
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Haughton Ealdred Okeover
High Sheriff of Derbyshire
Succeeded by
Henry FitzHerbert Wright