|Full name||Nicholas Wanostrocht|
|Born||5 October 1804|
Camberwell, London, England
|Died||3 September 1876 (aged 71)|
Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England
|Bowling||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Domestic team information|
|1830||Marylebone Cricket Club|
Source: CricketArchive, 3 September 1876
Nicholas Felix (5 October 1804 – 3 September 1876), actual name Nicholas Wanostrocht, was an English amateur ("Gentleman") cricketer. He was one of the few players who – at his request – was routinely known by his pseudonym, Felix. When his father died in 1824 he had inherited the running of his school, aged only nineteen, and he was afraid that the parents of pupils might think that cricket was too frivolous a pastime for a schoolmaster.
Felix was a specialist left-handed batsman, though he did occasionally bowl underarm slow left-arm orthodox. Felix was a mainstay of the great Kent team of the mid-19th century alongside such players as Alfred Mynn, Fuller Pilch, William Hillyer and Ned Wenman. In the words of the famous elegy, best loved of Bernard Darwin,
- And with five such mighty cricketers 'twas but natural to win
- As Felix, Wenman, Hillyer, Fuller Pilch and Alfred Mynn.
In his overall first-class career, Felix played in 149 matches and had 264 innings including 13 not out. He scored 4,556 runs at 18.15 with a highest score of 113. He made 2 centuries, 15 fifties and took 112 catches. It should be remembered when studying his batting average that he played at a time when prevailing conditions greatly favoured bowlers. Felix was rated very highly by his contemporaries.
He was the author of a famous instruction book: Felix on the Bat, Baily Bros, 1845. He also invented the Catapulta (a bowling machine) as well as India-rubber batting gloves. A man of many talents, he was also a classical scholar, musician, linguist, inventor, writer and artist.
Felix died at Wimborne Minster in Dorset and is buried in Wimborne cemetery. Ten yards from his grave is the grave of another cricketer, Montague John Druitt, better known as a prime suspect in the Jack the Ripper crimes.
- Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 by Arthur Haygarth (SBnnn)
- Barclay's World of Cricket – 2nd Edition, 1980, Collins Publishers, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p. 10.