Lord Hawke's XI cricket team in North America in 1891–92

In the English winter of 1891–92, Lord Hawke led a touring party of English amateur cricketers on a tour of North America. During their tour they played eight matches, six in the United States of America and two in Canada. The tour contained two first-class fixtures, both contested against the Gentlemen of Philadelphia.

Caricature of Lord Hawke by Spy.

C.W. Alcock of Surrey originally intended to take the team, but finding himself unable to go had to find a successor. Lord Hawke took on the role of organising the tour. The team was weaker than he wished but the inclusion of Sammy Woods at the last hour considerably strengthed the bowling.[1] Woods turned out to be the success of the tour, taking 76 wickets in the 8 matches at an average of 7, as well as scoring 260 runs.[2]

Touring partyEdit

 
Lord Hawke's Team in America.
Name County Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Refs
Lord Hawke (Captain) Yorkshire (1860-08-16)16 August 1860 (aged 31) Right-handed [3]
Herbie Hewett Somerset (1864-05-25)25 May 1864 (aged 27) Left-handed Unknown arm medium [4]
George Hillyard (1864-02-06)6 February 1864 (aged 27) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium [5]
John Hornsby (1860-04-18)18 April 1860 (aged 31) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox [6]
Kingsmill Key Surrey (1864-10-11)11 October 1864 (aged 26) Right-handed Right arm off break [7]
Kenneth McAlpine (1858-04-11)11 April 1858 (aged 33) Right-handed [8]
Henry Milles Kent (1867-11-24)24 November 1867 (aged 23) Right-handed Right arm off break [9]
George Ricketts (1864-06-02)2 June 1864 (aged 27) Right-handed Right arm medium [10]
Viscount Throwley Kent (1861-05-11)11 May 1861 (aged 30) Right-handed Right arm medium [11]
Sammy Woods Somerset (1867-04-13)13 April 1867 (aged 24) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium [12]
Charles Wreford-Brown Gloucestershire (1866-10-09)9 October 1866 (aged 24) Right-handed Right arm slow [13]
Charles Wright Nottinghamshire (1863-05-27)27 May 1863 (aged 28) Right-handed [14]

MatchesEdit

First-class matchesEdit

The party left Liverpool on 16 September 1891,[1] and during the voyage Herbie Hewett, George Ricketts and Charles Wreford-Brown suffered badly from seasickness. Sammy Woods, who was not affected by such ailments, attempted to get the three men to take dinner with him on the fourth evening. He served champagne and vegetable soup, but an American who was also suffering from nausea commented "Say steward, did you bring this up or did I?" None of Woods' three team-mates ate the dinner.[15] The party landed in New York on the evening of 23 September and immediately made their way to Philadelphia for a half-day's practice before their first match.[1]

25–28 September 1891
Scorecard
Lord Hawke's XI
v
259 (93.3 overs)
Lord Hawke 74
Henry Brown 4/44 (23 overs)
248 (95 overs)
George Patterson 68
Sammy Woods 3/65 (34 overs)
171 (59.4 overs)
Herbie Hewett 49
Henry Brown 6/55 (27 overs)
183/2 (72.1 overs)
Reynolds Brown 62*
Henry Milles 1/39 (11.1 overs)
Gentlemen of Philadelphia won by 8 wickets
Germantown Cricket Club Ground
Umpires: Unknown

1–2 October 1891
Scorecard
Gentlemen of Philadelphia
v
Lord Hawke's XI
56 (36.1 overs)
Francis Brewster 11
Sammy Woods 8/32 (18.1 overs)
82 (32.1 overs)
Lord Hawke 24
George Patterson 4/14 (8.1 overs)
119 (66.4 overs)
Samuel Welsh 28
Sammy Woods 7/55 (32.4 overs)
95/6 (36.2 overs)
Herbie Hewett 29
George Patterson 3/32 (15 overs)
Lord Hawke's XI won by 4 wickets
Germantown Cricket Club Ground
Umpires: Unknown

Other tour matchesEdit

Match logEdit

No. Date Opponents Venue Country Result Ref
1 5–7 October All New York Livingston Field, Staten Island   United States Drawn [16]
2 9–10 October Baltimore Baltimore   United States Won by an innings and 150 runs [17]
3 12–13 October Boston Athletic Association Boston   United States Won by 242 runs [18]
4 16–17 October Chicago Chicago   United States Won by an innings and 90 runs [19]
5 20–21 October Western Ontario Rosedale, Toronto   Canada Won by an innings and 54 runs [20]
6 23–24 October Eastern Ontario Ottawa   Canada Won by an innings and 84 runs [21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c James Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual. 1892. p. 24.
  2. ^ James Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual. 1892. p. 33.
  3. ^ "Player Profile: Lord Hawke". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Player Profile: Herbie Hewett". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Player Profile: George Hillyard". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Player Profile: John Hornsby". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Player Profile: Kingsmill Key". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Player Profile: Kenneth McAlpine". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Player Profile: Henry Milles". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Player Profile: George Ricketts". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Player Profile: Viscount Throwley". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Player Profile: Sammy Woods". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Player Profile: Charles Wreford-Brown". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Player Profile: Charles Wright". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  15. ^ Woods (1925), p45.
  16. ^ "All New York v Lord Hawke's XI". CricketArchive. 5 October 1891. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  17. ^ "Baltimore v Lord Hawke's XI". CricketArchive. 9 October 1891. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  18. ^ "Boston Athletic Association v Lord Hawke's XI". CricketArchive. 12 October 1891. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  19. ^ "Chicago v Lord Hawke's XI". CricketArchive. 16 October 1891. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  20. ^ "Western Ontario v Lord Hawke's XI". CricketArchive. 20 October 1891. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  21. ^ "Eastern Ontario v Lord Hawke's XI". CricketArchive. 23 October 1891. Retrieved 18 October 2010.

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