George Byrne

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George Byrne
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 12
Runs scored 64
Batting average 3.20
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 18
Balls bowled 325
Wickets 7
Bowling average 34.14
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3-9
Catches/stumpings 1/0
Source: CricInfo

George Robert Byrne (28 May 1892 – 23 June 1973) was an English cricketer: a right-handed batsman and right arm medium-pace bowler who played 12 times in first-class cricket, playing for both Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Born in Northfield, Birmingham, Byrne made his debut for Warwickshire against Middlesex in late July 1912, returning figures of 3-9 (which were to remain his career best) in the first innings; two of these wickets came in his first over, his first victim being future Test batsman Frank Mann. With the bat he was rather less successful, making 8 and 4. He played a further seven games for Warwickshire that season, and though managed only another three wickets he ended with a bowling average of just 14.00. His batting was feeble, and in all of 1912 he scored only 36 runs in 12 innings for a batting average of a mere 3.00. He also took the only catch of his entire career, to dismiss Sussex opener Robert Relf off the bowling of Willie Quaife.

Byrne played four more first-class matches in his career, two apiece in 1914 and 1921, but these appearances were for Worcestershire. His figures for the county are less than impressive (28 runs at 3.50; one wicket at 155.00), but nevertheless he might have played more for them had he not been constrained by his career as an officer in the Army.[1] His only wicket for Worcestershire came on his debut for the county, against Leicestershire in July 1914, when he dismissed Arthur Mounteney.

He died in Torteval, Guernsey at the age of 81.

His uncle, James Byrne, had a more substantial first-class career, captaining Warwickshire between 1903 and 1907.


  1. ^ Obituaries in 1973. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1974.

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