Harry Butt

Henry "Harry" Rigden Butt (27 December 1865 – 21 December 1928) was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club between 1890 and 1912. Butt also played three Test matches for England on their tour to South Africa in 1895–96. He later went on to become an umpire, and stood in that role in six Tests. His popularity was such that when he retired as an umpire due to ill-health, the County captains wrote to the Secretary of the Marylebone Cricket Club asking him to write to Butt to express their regret at the cause.

Harry Butt
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Harry Butt
Personal information
Full nameHenry Rigden Butt
Born(1865-12-27)27 December 1865
Sands End, Fulham, Middlesex, England
Died21 December 1928(1928-12-21) (aged 62)
West Hill, Hastings, Sussex, England
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 550
Runs scored 22 7,391
Batting average 7.33 12.83
100s/50s 0/0 0/18
Top score 13 96
Balls bowled 0 60
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average n/a n/a
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling n/a n/a
Catches/stumpings 1/1 954/277
Source: [1]

Butt, a short man, was Sussex's wicket-keeper for twenty years. He was awarded two benefits: the matches between Sussex and Yorkshire at Hove in 1900, and between Sussex and Middlesex at Lord's in 1928.