Ernest Arthur Randell (25 January 1873 – 12 May 1938) was an Australian cricketer who played three first-class matches for Western Australia in the 1890s. He was an all-rounder who batted left-handed and bowled left-arm orthodox spin.
|Full name||Ernest Arthur Randell|
|Born||25 January 1873|
Perth, Western Australia
|Died||12 May 1938 (aged 65)|
Perth, Western Australia
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Domestic team information|
Source: CricketArchive, 2 December 2012
Randell was born in Perth to Mary Louise (née Smith) and George Randell, his father being a prominent businessman and member of parliament. After his mother's death in August 1874, his father remarried to Lucy James Francisco, who had been widowed the previous year. Randell thus became the step-brother of Walter James (ten years his elder), who would later become Premier of Western Australia.
Randell played for the Perth Cricket Club in WACA grade cricket, and led the competition's batting aggregates during the 1890–91 season. He was selected to tour the eastern colonies with a state team in early 1893, and played in both first-class matches on tour, against South Australia and Victoria. He opened the batting with William Back in the second match. Randell's only further first-class appearance came when South Australia toured Western Australia at the end of the 1898–99 season. Batting at number ten in both innings, he scored 36 runs in the second, his highest first-class score. Randell continued to play at a high level for several more years.
Randell worked for periods in Western Australia's Education and Treasury Departments, and later in the private sector. He was a resident of Gunyidi, a small town in the Mid West, for a period of time. Following his father into the Congregationalist movement, Randell was heavily involved with the Trinity Congregational Church in Perth, serving as a church officer as well as superintendent of the church's Sunday school. He died at the Mount Hospital in Perth in May 1938, and was buried in the Congregational section of Karrakatta Cemetery.
- "The Late Mr. E. A. Randell" – The West Australian. Published 2 December 2012.
- Bolton, Geoffrey (1976). "Randell, George (1830-1915)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 2 December 2012 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
- The Western Cricketer. East Perth, Western Australia: Western Australian Cricket Association (Inc.). 1996. p. 192.
- "INTERSTATE MATCHES: PAST VISITING TEAMS"[permanent dead link] – The West Australian. Published 27 March 1909.
- First-Class Matches played by Ernest Randell (3) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Victoria v Western Australia, Other First-Class matches in Australia 1892/93 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Western Australia v South Australia, Other First-Class matches in Australia 1898/99 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Miscellaneous Matches played by Ernest Randell (5) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 December 2012.