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Abel, Robert [Bobby] (1857–1936), cricketer, was born at 18 Commercial Street, Rotherhithe, London, on 30 November 1857, the son of Thomas Abel (b. c.1815), a lamplighter, and his wife, Elizabeth Highland (b. 1816). After attending school in Southwark and playing cricket for ...

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Aislabie, Benjamin (1774–1842), wine merchant and cricket administrator, was born on 14 January 1774 in Newington Green, Middlesex, the third son, and sixth and last child, of Rawson Aislabie, soap and wine merchant of Newington Green, and his wife, Frances Rayson, of Dunham, Nottinghamshire...

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Benjamin Aislabie (1774–1842) by Henry Edward Dawe © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allen, Sir George Oswald Browning [Gubby] (1902–1989), cricketer and cricket administrator, was born on 31 July 1902 in Sydney, Australia, the younger son and second of the three children of Sir Walter Macarthur Allen (1870–1943) and his wife, Marguerite Julie (Pearl), daughter of ...

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Sir George Oswald Browning Allen (1902–1989) by unknown photographer, c. 1932–3 Marylebone Cricket Club Photo Library

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Altham, Harry Surtees (1888–1965), schoolmaster and cricket historian, was born at 8 The Terrace, York Town, Frimley, Surrey, on 30 November 1888, the younger son of Sir Edward Altham Altham (1856–1943), army officer, and his wife, Georgina Emily (1855–1945), daughter of W. Macpherson Nicol...

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Ames, Leslie Ethelbert George (1905–1990), cricketer, was born at Fairfield House, Elham, Kent, on 3 December 1905, the son of Harold Ames, accountant, and his wife, Edith Broadbridge. He attended the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, and was unusual in his day in embarking on a career as a professional cricketer after a grammar school education. He left school at seventeen and was apprenticed in his cousin's grocery business, but a year later he joined the ...

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Leslie Ethelbert George Ames (1905–1990) by unknown photographer, 1930s © Popperfoto

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Anderson, George (1826–1902), cricketer, was born at Aiskew, near Bedale, Yorkshire, on 20 January 1826. He early showed aptitude as a high and long jumper and as a cricketer. His cricketing ability was first noticed when the All England eleven visited Bedale in 1848 under their captain, the eminent bowler ...

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Trevor Edward Bailey (1923–2011) by unknown photographer, 1955 © Mirrorpix