Jack Board

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Jack Board
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Jack Board
Personal information
Full name John Henry Board
Born (1867-02-23)23 February 1867
Clifton, Bristol
Died 15 April 1924(1924-04-15) (aged 57)
At sea
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicketkeeper-batsman
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1891 to 1914 Gloucestershire
1900 to 1904 London County
1910-11 to 1913-14 Hawke's Bay
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 6 525
Runs scored 108 15674
Batting average 10.80 19.37
100s/50s 0/0 9/64
Top score 29 214
Balls bowled - 57
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 8/3 851/355
Source: Cricinfo

John Henry Board (23 February 1867 – 15 April 1924) was an English cricketer who played in six Tests from 1899 to 1906.

Jack Board was a wicketkeeper and a right-handed batsman who started out as a tail-ender but developed into a useful player who often opened the innings for his county, Gloucestershire. Picked by W. G. Grace out of Bristol club cricket for the South v North match at Lord's in 1891, Board went straight into the Gloucestershire side afterwards and stayed there for 20 years. In 1895, he set the county record for dismissals in a season, with 75. As a batsman, he scored 214 in 210 minutes against Somerset in 1900,[1] the highest by a Gloucestershire wicketkeeper, and in 1903 he shared in a sixth wicket partnership of 320 with Gilbert Jessop against Sussex at Hove, though his share was just 71, while Jessop scored 286.[2] The stand remains the county record for the sixth wicket.

Board toured Australia in 1897-98 under A.E. Stoddart without playing in the Tests, and twice toured South Africa, where he played his only Tests. He went with Lord Hawke in 1898-99, and won his first two Test caps; he top-scored in his first Test innings, but then never exceeded the 29 he scored in that match. In 1905-06, he played in four Test matches in the tour led by Plum Warner.

Board was born in Clifton, Bristol. A gardener by trade before he took to professional cricket, he became a well-known cricket coach at the end of his career. From 1910, he went each winter to New Zealand, where he coached and played for Hawke's Bay, returning each English summer for a few games for Gloucestershire. After the First World War, he became an umpire in English cricket and combined that with winters in South Africa coaching. It was on the return trip from South Africa to England in 1924 aboard the Kenilworth Castle that he had a heart attack and died.


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