R. T. Stanyforth

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Rony Stanyforth
Personal information
Full name Ronald Thomas Stanyforth
Born (1892-05-30)30 May 1892
Chelsea, London, England
Died 20 February 1964(1964-02-20) (aged 71)
Kirk Hammerton, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling style Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 4 61
Runs scored 13 1,092
Batting average 2.60 17.33
100s/50s –/– –/6
Top score 6* 91
Balls bowled
Bowling average n/a n/a
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling n/a n/a
Catches/stumpings 7/2 72/21
Source: Cricinfo

Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald ("Rony") Thomas Stanyforth CVO MC (30 May 1892 – 20 February 1964)[1] was an Army officer and English amateur first-class cricketer, who played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England, captaining England in the four Test matches he played in.[1]

Stanyforth was born at Chelsea, London, England, the son of Edwin Wilfred Stanyforth of Kirk Hammerton Hall, Yorkshire. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[2] He played for Oxford University in 1914 and then served in World War I. He was awarded the MC and CVO.[3] After the war he played for Combined Services in 1922, Army from 1923 to 1929, MCC from 1923 to 1933 and H. D. G. Leveson Gower's XI in 1926.

Stanyforth, a wicket-keeper, captained England against South Africa in 1927/8, and he won two, lost one and drew once. However, the series was a draw as the fifth Test, when Greville Stevens stood in for Stanyforth, was lost.[4]

Only three of Stanyforth's sixty one first-class games were played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in the County Championship, and all three came in 1928 after he had captained England.[1][4] He also played for the Free Foresters from 1930 to 1933.[5]

Stanyforth served in the 21st Lancers, as Aide de Camp to General Alan Brooke 1939–1940, and as GSO1 21st Army Group 1941–1945.

Stanyforth died at Kirk Hammerton, Yorkshire, in February 1964, aged 72. He was a trustee of the MCC at the time of his death,[4] and the author of Wicketkeeping, published in 1935.


  1. ^ a b c Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 378. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  2. ^ STANYFORTH, Lieut-Col Ronald Thomas, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2016 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)
  3. ^ National Archives Sheffield Archives
  4. ^ a b c Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. "Rony Stanyforth". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Rony Stanyforth at Cricket Archive

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Arthur Carr
English national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Percy Chapman