George Parr (cricketer)
George Parr was known popularly as the "Lion of the North". He was a right-handed batsman and bowled occasional right-handed underarm deliveries. Throughout his career Parr played mainly for Nottinghamshire CCC, and was club captain from 1856 to 1870. He also made occasional appearances for other counties and for Marylebone Cricket Club. He was a stalwart of the All-England Eleven and was captain of the first England touring team, which went to North America in 1859. He also captained England's second tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1864, returning home unbeaten.
Parr played in 207 first-class matches and had 358 innings, in 30 of which he was not out. He scored 6,626 runs (average 20.20) at a time when conditions greatly favoured bowlers. His highest score was 130 for Notts., against Surrey at The Oval on 14 July 1859; his only century. He made 31 fifties and took 126 catches. He took 29 wickets in his career with a best analysis of 6/42.
The Parr Stand which was recently replaced at Trent Bridge was named in his honour.
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