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Charles John Eady (29 October 1870 – 20 December 1945) was a cricketer who played for Tasmanian clubs and representative sides in the era before Tasmania was accepted into the Sheffield Shield and other competitions.[1] He also played in Test cricket twice for Australia.

Charles Eady
Charles Eady.jpg
Cricket information
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 43
Runs scored 20 1490
Batting average 6.66 22.92
100s/50s 0/0 3/6
Top score 10* 116
Balls bowled 223 6562
Wickets 7 136
Bowling average 16.00 23.13
5 wickets in innings 0 12
10 wickets in match 0 5
Best bowling 3/30 8/34
Catches/stumpings 2/- 45/-
Source: Cricinfo

A big man, standing six feet three inches or 1.90 metres tall, Eady was an all-rounder: a hard-hitting right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast bowler. He made 116 and 112 not out for Tasmania against Victoria in 1895 and was picked for the tour to England in 1896. But he failed to do himself justice, scoring just 12 runs in the Lord's Test match, though he picked up four fairly cheap wickets. He made one more Test appearance in 1901-2, again with little success.

Eady's chief claim to being remembered is a remarkable innings played in a club match between the Tasmanian club Break o' Day and the Wellington club, which was another Tasmanian team and not the current side from New Zealand, in 1902, when he scored 566 not out from a total of 908.[2] This is the third highest score in any form of cricket, behind Pranav Dhanawade's 1009 not out in 2016 and A. E. J. Collins' 628 not out in 1899. Eady also took all 10 wickets for 42 runs in an innings for South Hobart versus East Hobart in 1906.

Eady later served as president of the Australia Board of Control, later Cricket Australia and was also President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council from 1944 to 1945.[3]

Eady was also an outstanding Australian rules football player, and served two terms totalling 25 years as President of the Tasmanian Football League.[4]

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  1. ^ "Charlie Eady". Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Obituary". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1946 ed.). Wisden. p. 439.
  3. ^ "Mr C. J. Eady, Politician and Sportsman, Dies at 75". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 21 December 1945. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2011 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Cardosi, Adam. "Neglected heroes – The sad case of the Australian Football Hall of Fame/". Retrieved 14 March 2014.

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Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Thomas Murdoch
President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Rupert Shoobridge
Preceded by
James Chapman
Member for Hobart
Served alongside: Propsting/Strutt, Murdoch/McKenzie/Gaha/Tyler/Lonergan
Succeeded by
John Soundy