Hooker (Kent cricketer)

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Hooker (first name and dates unknown) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket in 1795 for Kent.[1] He was a member of the Rochester Cricket Club and played invitation matches until 1807.[2] He made 3 known appearances in first-class matches.[2]

Hooker is first recorded playing for Kent against All-England at Penenden Heath from 31 August to 2 September 1795. Kent batted first and Hooker's 12 helped them to a total of 95 all out. All-England replied with 130 and Hooker was then dismissed for 1 in Kent's second innings of 99. All-England reached 65 for the loss of five wickets for a victory on the third day.[1] Hooker made a pair (i.e., scores of 0 and 0) in his next game on 7 September, an invitation match between Sir Horatio Mann's XI and R Leigh's XI.[1] Hooker then played for the Earl of Darnley's XI in a convincing victory of 242 runs over Sir Horatio Mann's XI the following day, Hooker scoring 15 not out and 7.[3]

In 1800, Hooker played in two minor matches for Rochester Cricket Club against Marylebone Cricket Club. In 1807, he faced All-England once more by playing for a Kent XXII in an "odds" match at Lord's Old Ground, scoring 6 and 3.[4] Kent and England played a return match at Penenden Heath and Hooker, opening the batting, scored 1 and 22 in Kent's 27 run victory.[5] This was Hooker's last recorded cricket match.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Haygarth, p.193.
  2. ^ a b c Other matches played by Hooker. Cricket Archive. Retrieved on 10 December 2009.
  3. ^ Haygarth, p.194.
  4. ^ Haygarth, p.337.
  5. ^ Haygarth, p.340.

External links[edit]

  • Hooker at CricketArchive (subscription required)


  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826), Lillywhite, 1862