William Moberly

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William Moberly
Personal information
Full name William Octavius Moberly
Born (1850-11-14)14 November 1850
Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex
Died 2 February 1914(1914-02-02) (aged 63)
Mullion, Cornwall
Batting style Right-handed
Role Batsman, Wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1876–1887 Gloucestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 66
Runs scored 2104
Batting average 21.46
100s/50s 3/9
Top score 121
Balls bowled 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 48/16
William Moberly
Full name William Octavius Moberly
School Rugby School[1]
University Balliol College, Oxford
Rugby union career
Position(s) Three-quarter
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1872  England ()

William Octavius Moberly (14 November 1850 – 2 February 1914) was an English sportsman who played first-class cricket for Gloucestershire and represented the England national rugby union team.

Early life and education[edit]

Moberly was educated at Rugby School, before going to Balliol College, Oxford. He won a blue for rugby in 1872 and until 1874 played for the university. This included the first ever Varsity Match against Cambridge in 1872, with Moberly captaining Oxford to victory. He also played two first-class cricket matches for Oxford, against the Gentlemen of England in 1870 and 1872.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

As a wing-three-quarter, he took part in the second ever rugby international between England and Scotland, in 1872. The match, which took part at The Oval, was won by England.[3] Although at club level he always played three-quarter, he was picked as a fullback for England. He was described as a clever runner, who could "drop with either foot, and was a good shot at goal."[1] At club level, Moberly turned out for the Ravenscourt Park Football Club.

He was appointed as an assistant master at Clifton College in 1874 and began playing for the Clifton Rugby Football Club two years later.[4]

Cricket career[edit]

Although his duties at Clifton restricted his appearances in first-class cricket, Moberly began playing with Gloucestershire in 1876 was a member of the teams which were the Champion County that year as well as the next. He was used as a top order batsman but would also fill in as wicket-keeper whenever fellow rugby union international and Clifton teammate James Bush was injured or unavailable.

In a match against Yorkshire in Cheltenham 1876, Moberly scored 103 and his captain W. G. Grace an unbeaten 318 when they put on 261 runs for the fifth wicket.[5] It remains to this day a Gloucestershire fifth wicket partnership record.[6] He finished the season with 245 runs at 40.83, his best year in terms of average but he had his most prolific summer in 1883 when he amassed 351 runs at 29.25.[7] The latter tally included his highest first-class score of 121, which he scored in a win over Somerset at Taunton.[8]


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