James Quinton

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James Quinton
Personal information
Full nameJames Maurice Quinton
Born(1874-05-12)12 May 1874
Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Died22 December 1922(1922-12-22) (aged 48)
Reading, Berkshire, England
BowlingRight-arm fast
RelationsFrancis Quinton (Brother)
Domestic team information
1895–1896Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 6
Runs scored 79
Batting average 9.87
100s/50s –/–
Top score 22
Balls bowled 175
Wickets 1
Bowling average 111.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/14
Catches/stumpings 5/–
Source: Cricinfo, 28 December 2009

James Maurice Quinton (12 May 1874 – 22 December 1922) was an English first-class cricketer, a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm fast.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

Quinton made his first-class debut for Oxford University in 1895 against the Marylebone Cricket Club. That same season Quinton made his County Championship debut for Hampshire against Leicestershire.

In 1896 Quinton played his final first-class match for Oxford University, coming against the Marylebone Cricket Club, the team he made his debut against the previous year. Quinton also represented Hampshire in two first-class matches in 1896, against Sussex and Yorkshire.

His final appearance for Hampshire came three years later in 1899 in a County Championship match against Essex.


Quinton's brother, Francis Quinton, also represented Hampshire in first-class cricket. Quinton played alongside Francis in two matches against Sussex and Yorkshire.


Quinton's death was unusual and tragic. He was found shot through the top of his head in the lavatory of a first-class carriage of a train from London at Reading station on 22 December 1922.[2] The inquest was told by his older brother Francis Quinton that James had been depressed after a bout of influenza and had been unreasonably worried over a mistake in his membership of a London club, an apparently trivial matter which he had seen as a potential disgrace for himself and his family.[3] The coroner returned a verdict of "Suicide during temporary insanity".[3] At the time of his death, Quinton was described as living in Church Crookham, Hampshire and as being employed as a schoolmaster at Stanmore Park School, Stanmore, Middlesex, where his headmaster was an Oxford cricket Blue of an earlier vintage, Vernon Royle.


  1. ^ "James Quinton". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Schoolmaster shot in express train". The Times (43222). London. 23 December 1922. p. 8.
  3. ^ a b "A Schoolmaster's Delusion". The Times (43223). London. 27 December 1922. p. 7.

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