John Antrobus (cricketer)

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John Antrobus
Personal information
Full name John Antrobus
Born 1806
Middlesex, England
Died 26 July 1878 (aged 71–72)
London, England
Batting style Unknown
Bowling style Unknown
Domestic team information
Years Team
1826 Cambridge University
First-class debut 17 May 1826 Cambridge University v Cambridge Town
Last First-class Lord Strathavon's XI v Sir St Vincent Cotton's XI
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 2
Runs scored 17
Batting average 5.66
100s/50s -/-
Top score 11
Balls bowled 0
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/–
Source: CricketArchive, 11 October 2008

John Antrobus (1806 – 26 July 1878) was an English clergyman and cricketer who played for Cambridge University in 1826.

Antrobus was born in Acton, the son of Rev. William Antrobus, rector of Acton. He was educated at Eton where he played twice in the Eton-Harrow match, and then went to St John's College, Cambridge. He was also renowned as the 'Champion Skater' of his day.[1]

Antrobus made two first-class appearances, separated by six years. His first match, in 1826, was for Cambridge University against Cambridge Town Club. Batting as an opener, Antrobus had an indifferent debut match, scoring six runs in the first innings as batting partner Charles Chapman scored 47 not out, carrying his bat throughout the order, as only one more batsman made a double-figures total.

Antrobus' second and final first-class fixture came in 1832 in a match for Lord Strathavon's XI against Sir St Vincent Cotton's XI, in which he scored a duck in the first innings and was absent hurt in the second.[2]

Antrobus was ordained deacon (London) on 25 May 1834 and priest on 14 June 1835. He was curate to his father at St Andrew Undershaft, London, from 1841 to 1853. He was a Minor Canon of Westminster from 1856 to 1878 and Chaplain-in-Ordinary to the Queen from 1869 to 1878.

Antrobus died in Westminster aged 72.


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  1. ^ "Antrobus, John (ANTS822J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ John Antrobus at Cricket Archive