George Street (cricketer)

George Benjamin Street (6 December 1889 – 24 April 1924) was an English cricketer who played in one Test in 1923. For his domestic side Sussex he was their regular wicket-keeper from 1912, when he succeeded Harry Butt, until his death.

George Street
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Benjamin Street
Born(1889-12-06)6 December 1889
Charlwood, Surrey, England
Died24 April 1924(1924-04-24) (aged 34)
Portslade, Sussex, England
BattingRight-handed
RoleWicket-keeper
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 212)18 January 1923 v South Africa
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1909–1923Sussex
1922/23Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC
Matches 1 197
Runs scored 11 3984
Batting average 11.00 17.24
100s/50s 0/0 1/12
Top score 7* 109
Balls bowled 105
Wickets 3
Bowling average 22.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/26
Catches/stumpings 0/1 310/119
Source: CricketArchive, 17 December 2008

Cricket careerEdit

Born in Charlwood, Surrey, Street made his first-class debut in 1909 against Cambridge University scoring 4 not out, batting at 10, and taking two catches.[1] He played five university matches in three seasons before he made his County Championship debut against Somerset in 1912.[2]

Street scored his maiden half-century against Gloucestershire later that season, batting at 10 he made 72 in a ninth wicket stand of 131 with Percy Fender.[3] This was Street's only fifty in eighty pre-war first-class matches.[4]

In 1921 Street scored his maiden century with an innings of 109 against Essex, sharing in a 141 run partnership with Vallance Jupp.[5] Street scored two fifties to finish the 1921 season with 617 runs at an average 21.27, the highest average of his career.[4]

Having previously been a lower-order batsman, Street was given the chance to open the innings for much of the 1922 season. This opportunity enabled him to amass his highest seasonal aggregate of 986 runs; he also took 81 dismissals.[4]

Although not originally in the squad for the tour of South Africa in 1922-23, he was summoned when Walter Livsey broke a finger against North Eastern Districts.[6] Livsey's deputy George Brown played in the first two Tests of the series before Street got his chance in the Third Test at Durban. He scored 4 in the first innings and 7 not out in the second innings (when chosen to open), he took one stumping off the bowling of county teammate Jupp.[7] Brown was preferred for the final two Tests.

Street took a county record 95 dismissals in the 1923 season,[8] and according to his Wisden obituary "he was at his best".[9] However this would be his final season.

DeathEdit

In April 1924 Street was killed in a road accident. According to Wisden, "He was riding a motor-cycle and, in endeavouring to avoid a lorry at a cross-roads, crashed into a wall and died immediately."[9] Street was riding on the main road from Hove where he had attended a boys' football match. A brewery firm's lorry had come toward a junction, sounding its horn continuously. Street, who was driving "too fast", "reached the cross-roads, swerved, accelerated the speed and dashed into a wall". He fractured his skull. The lorry was stationary when Street passed it, and Street had more than half of the road to himself. An inquest returned a verdict of accidental death.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sussex v Cambridge University, University Match 1909, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  2. ^ Player Oracle, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  3. ^ Sussex v Gloucestershire, County Championship 1912, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  4. ^ a b c First-class Batting and Fielding for Each Season, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  5. ^ Essex v Sussex, County Championship 1921, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  6. ^ North Eastern Districts v MCC, MCC in South Africa 1922/23, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  7. ^ South Africa v England, MCC in South Africa 1922/23, 3rd Test, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  8. ^ Most Victims in a Season for Sussex, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  9. ^ a b Player Profile, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 17 December 2008
  10. ^ "Sussex Cricketer's Death". Devon and Exeter Gazette. 28 April 1924. Retrieved 19 March 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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