Herman de Zoete

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Herman de Zoete
Personal information
Full name Herman Walter de Zoete
Born (1877-02-13)13 February 1877
Bromley Common, Kent,
Died 26 March 1957(1957-03-26) (aged 80)
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Left-arm medium
Domestic team information
1928 Hertfordshire
1897 Essex
1897–1898 Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 18
Runs scored 151
Batting average 6.86
100s/50s –/–
Top score 29
Balls bowled 2,040
Wickets 55
Bowling average 18.78
5 wickets in innings 3
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 6/53
Catches/stumpings 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 February 2012

Herman Walter de Zoete (13 February 1877 – 26 March 1957) was an English cricketer. de Zoete was a right-handed batsman who bowled both slow left-arm orthodox and left-arm medium pace. He was born at Bromley Common, Kent, and was educated at Eton College.

While studying at the University of Cambridge,[1] de Zoete made his first-class for Cambridge University against CI Thornton's XI in 1897. He made fifteen further first-class appearances for the university, the last of which came against Oxford University in the 1898 University Match at Lord's.[2] Primarily a bowler, de Zoete took 52 wickets in his sixteen first-class appearances for the university, which came at an average of 18.11, with best figures of 6/53, one of three five wicket hauls he took.[3] With the bat, he scored 149 runs at a batting average of 6.77, with a high score of 29.[4] He also made two first-class appearances for Essex in the 1897 County Championship against Surrey and Hampshire,[2] though without success. Thirty years later, de Zoete played for Hertfordshire in the 1928 Minor Counties Championship, making a single appearance against Cambridgeshire.[5]

Outside of cricket, de Zoete represented Cambridge University at golf in 1896, 1897 and 1898, getting his blue each year.[6] He first played in the Amateur Championship in 1903, reaching the semi-final where he lost to Robert Maxwell at the 19th hole.[7] He played for England in the England–Scotland Amateur Match in 1903, 1904, 1906 and 1907.

de Zoete was married to Dorothy Courage, with the couple having five children.[8] His brother-in-law, Charles Round, also played first-class cricket.

During World War I, de Zoete served in the Essex Yeomanry[9] and rose to the rank of Captain.[1]

De Zoete lived out his final years at Sproughton, Suffolk,[8] before dying at Ipswich, Suffolk, on 26 March 1957.


  1. ^ a b "De Zoete, Herman Walter (D895HW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by Herman de Zoete". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "First-class Bowling For Each Team by Herman de Zoete". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Herman de Zoete". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Herman de Zoete". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wisden - Obituaries in 1957". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Obituary – Mr H W de Zoete – A Fine Sportsman". The Times. 2 April 1957. p. 14. 
  8. ^ a b "Profile: Herman Walter de Zoete". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "No. 28984". The London Gazette. 24 November 1914. p. 9697. 

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