Basil Clarke (cricketer)

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Basil Clarke
Personal information
Full nameBasil Frederick Clarke
Born(1885-09-26)26 September 1885
Madras, India
Died4 May 1940(1940-05-04) (aged 54)
Hove, Sussex, England
Domestic team information
1919HDG Leveson-Gower's XI
First-class debut23 July 1914 Gloucestershire v Nottinghamshire
Last First-class8 July 1922 Leicestershire v Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 20
Runs scored 349
Batting average 12.03
100s/50s 1/0
Top score 108*
Balls bowled 18
Wickets 0
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/24
Catches/stumpings 10/0
Source: CricketArchive, 20 April 2008

Basil Frederick Clarke (26 September 1885 – 4 May 1940) was an Indian-born English cricketer.[1] A right-handed batsman, he played county cricket for Gloucestershire and Leicestershire[2] and also played twice for the Egypt national cricket team.[3]


Born in Madras in 1885,[2] Basil Clarke made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire in a County Championship match against Nottinghamshire during the 1914 English cricket season. He played two further county championship matches, against Lancashire and Yorkshire, that season.[4]

His cricket career was interrupted by the First World War, and he returned to first-class cricket for the 1919 season, when he played four County Championship matches for Gloucestershire. He also played first-class matches for Gloucestershire against Worcestershire and the touring Australian Imperial Forces team in addition to a match for the Army against the Royal Navy at Lord's and a match for HDG Leveson-Gower's XI against Oxford University during the season.[4]

He played three County Championship matches for Gloucestershire in 1920, in addition to a match for the Army against Oxford University. He moved to play for Leicestershire for the 1922 season, playing five County Championship matches in his last year of first-class cricket.[4]

He played twice for the Egypt national side against Free Foresters in April 1927.[3] He scored just one first-class century in his career,[2] an unbeaten 108 against Hampshire[5] in 1919.[6] He died in Sussex in 1940.[2]