Harry Elliott (English cricketer)

Harry Elliott (2 November 1891 – 2 February 1976) was an English cricketer who kept wicket for Derbyshire from 1920 to 1947 and for England between 1927 and 1934 and was an international Test umpire.

Harry Elliott
Personal information
Full nameHarry Elliott
Born(1891-11-02)2 November 1891
Scarcliffe, Derbyshire, England
Died2 February 1976(1976-02-02) (aged 84)
Derby, England
BattingRight-hand bat
RoleWicket Keeper
RelationsCharlie Elliott
International information
National side
Test debut4 February 1928 v South Africa
Last Test10 February 1934 v India
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 4 532
Runs scored 61 7580
Batting average 15.25 13.93
100s/50s -/- -/11
Top score 37* 94
Balls bowled - 3
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 8/3 903/303
Source: [1], 19 April 2010

Elliot was born at Scarcliffe, Derbyshire and became a miner. He played cricket for his local club at Scarcliffe and later at Shirebrook where Derbyshire bowler Billy Bestwick was playing. In 1913 he obtained a job as a groom at Wiseton Hall in North Nottinghamshire, the home of Sir Joseph Laycock, where he looked after the cricket ground and played for Laycock's team. When World War I broke out he joined the artillery battery Laycock commanded, the 1/1st Nottinghamshire Royal Horse Artillery, and was sent to Egypt. After the war Archibald White was playing at Wiseton and was so impressed with Elliott that he sought to recruit him for Yorkshire. However the rule of birthplace prevented this, so he went instead to his native Derbyshire.[1]

Elliott played his first first-class match for Derbyshire against Essex in June 1920. He quickly took over as wicketkeeper from George Beet. He continued playing for Derbyshire every year until 1939, and was a member of the team when the club won the County Championship in 1936. He played in four Tests for England which were against South Africa in 1927/6, against the West Indies in 1928 and twice against India in 1933/4. After the war he played a season for Derbyshire in 1947, sometimes together with his nephew Charlie Elliott. In his 532 first-class games, Elliott claimed 1206 victims - 903 caught, 303 stumped.[2]

Elliott later became an umpire and officiated in seven Tests between 1950 and 1953. His nephew Charlie Elliott was also umpire from 1957 to 1974.

Elliott ran a sports outfitters at Derby where he died at the age of 85.


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