J. G. Greig

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Europeans and Hampshire

Batting style Right-hand bat (RHB)
Bowling type Right-arm slow
First-class record
Matches 125
Runs scored 7348
Batting average 36.37
100s/50s 10/32
Top score 249*
Balls bowled 6532
Wickets 138
Bowling average 23.46
5 wickets in innings 8
10 wickets in match 2
Best Bowling 7-35
Catches/Stumpings 102/0
First class debut: 28 August 1893
Last first class game: 27 May 1922
Source: [1]

Canon (Colonel) John Glennie Greig (24 October 1871, Mhow, India – 24 May 1958, Milford on Sea, Hampshire) was an Englishman who played most of his cricket in India.

Born in Mhow near Indore in 1871, he lived in India till 1921. In his time, he was the finest batsman to play for the Europeans in the annual Bombay Presidency (later Pentangular) tournaments. He possessed a slight physique but strong wrists and was a useful right arm slow bowler. In India, he was affectionately called "Jungly" Greig. He was promoted Captain 19 November 1901,[1] and later became ADC to the Governor of Bombay.

Greig made his first class debut for the Europeans against the Parsis in the Bombay Presidency match of 1893/4. In the next year, he carried his bat for 79* out of 190 against the same opponents. His 184 five years later was the highest ever individual score made in India and in 1898 in Poona, he took 13 for 58 against the Parsis.

Against the touring Oxford Authentics in 1902 he scored 204, the first double hundred made on Indian soil. In December 1915 in a match styled India v England, he hit 216 which resulted in a win of an innings and 263 runs for England. Greig served as a selector when the All India side was chosen for their first official tour to England in 1911.

At Hampshire, he was a player, secretary and the president. He first represented them in 1901 when he was on leave from the army. The highest of his ten Hampshire hundreds was a 249* against Lancashire at Liverpool in 1901. He began the 1905 season with a century in each innings against Worcestershire and 66 against the Australians. But he was injured midway through his innings of 187 in the return match against Worcestershire and played little cricket thereafter in the season. With 804 at 50.25, he finished fifth in the averages.

His last game for Hampshire was in 1921 when he became the secretary of the county cricket club. He served in that position till 1930 and became the president in 1945 and 1946.

Greig came to India as a captain in the army. By the time returned he had become a colonel. He later became a Roman Catholic and was ordained as a priest in 1935. In 1947, he was made an honorary canon of the diocese of Portsmouth. Cricket historian Vasant Raiji considers his contributions to Indian cricket as of a same class as that of Ranji to English cricket.


  • Vasant Raiji, India's Hambledon Men
  • Mihir Bose, A History of Indian Cricket, 1990 edition
  • Wisden Obituary
  1. ^ "No. 27414". The London Gazette. 7 March 1902. p. 1668. 

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