Hooker (Kent cricketer)
Hooker (first name and dates unknown) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket in 1795 for Kent. He was a member of the Rochester Cricket Club and played invitation matches until 1807. He made 3 known appearances in first-class matches.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. This was Hooker's last recorded cricket match.
- Haygarth, p.193.
- Other matches played by Hooker. Cricket Archive. Retrieved on 10 December 2009.
- Haygarth, p.194.
- Haygarth, p.337.
- Haygarth, p.340.
- Hooker at CricketArchive (subscription required)
- Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826), Lillywhite, 1862
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