George Thornton (cricketer)

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George Thornton
George Thornton cricketer c1895.jpg
Personal information
Full name George Thornton
Born (1867-12-24)24 December 1867
Skipton, Yorkshire, England
Died 31 January 1939(1939-01-31) (aged 71)
Kensington, London, England
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 41
Runs scored 1 1,263
Batting average 22.55
100s/50s –/– 1/4
Top score 1* 161
Balls bowled 24 1968
Wickets 1 32
Bowling average 20.00 31.46
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/20 5/20
Catches/stumpings 1/– 13/–

George Thornton (24 December 1867 – 31 January 1939) was an English amateur first-class cricketer, who played County Championship cricket for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in three matches in 1891,[1] and later that decade for Middlesex, and later appeared in a Test match representing South Africa in 1902.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Thornton was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, England. He was educated at Skipton Grammar School, and the University of Edinburgh, where he studied medicine.[2]

Thornton occasionally played for Yorkshire and Middlesex before going to South Africa when the South African Wars broke out. Thornton was one of the first to volunteer, and was appointed head of the Government Hospital in Pretoria. Thornton spent nine years in South Africa and, during his stay, he played cricket for Transvaal, and for South Africa at the Old Wanderers, Johannesburg. This was in the first Test match that Australia played in South Africa in October 1902, when the Australian side, led by Joe Darling, were on their way home from their tour of England.[2]

A left-handed batsman and bowler, Thornton peaked in 1895 when for Middlesex he averaged 31.00 with the bat, and took 23 wickets. He triumphed with the ball against Gloucestershire at Lord's. The fifth bowler used, he bowled W. G. Grace, who had scored 169, and in the last innings of the match took all five wickets that fell, finishing with a match return of nine wickets for 72. In the corresponding fixture the next season, Thornton recorded his highest first-class score of 161, as Middlesex won by an innings and 77 runs. However, in that match, he was not used as a bowler.[2]

Thornton died in January 1939, in Kensington, London, England, aged 71.

His great-grandson, Warren Thornton, represented Western Province.


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 379. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. "George Thornton". Retrieved 10 July 2011. 

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