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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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Bailey, Trevor Edward (1923–2011), cricketer, broadcaster, and journalist, was born on 3 December 1923 at 11 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Bertrand Fothergill Bailey (1884–1947), a civil servant at the Admiralty, and his wife, Muriel Elsie, ...

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

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Cardus, Sir (John Frederick) Neville (1888–1975), writer on cricket and music critic, was born on 3 April 1888 at 4 Summer Place, Rusholme, Manchester, the illegitimate child of Ada Cardus (1870–1954). His forenames were registered as John Frederick. His father may have been ...

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Ford, William Justice (1853–1904), writer on cricket, was born in Paddington, Middlesex, on 7 November 1853, the eldest of seven sons of William Augustus Ford, a solicitor, and Katherine Mary Justice. Educated at the Eagle House, Wimbledon, and at Repton School, he entered ...

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William Howard Frindall (1939–2009) by Clive Mason, 1997 © Getty Images

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Frindall, William Howard [Bill] (1939–2009), cricket scorer and statistician, was born at Middle House, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, on 3 March 1939, the son of Arthur Howard Frindall (1909–1964), laboratory assistant, later research chemist, and his wife, Evelyn Violet, née McNeill (1909–1999). Given the concentration demanded by his work, it seemed apt that ...

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Gale, Frederick (1823–1904), writer on cricket, was born at Woodborough rectory, Pewseyvale, near Devizes, Wiltshire, on 16 July 1823, the son of Thomas Hinxman Gale (d. 1864), rector of Woodborough and afterwards vicar of Godmersham, near Canterbury, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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Greig, Anthony William [Tony] (1946–2012), cricketer and cricket commentator, was born on 6 October 1946 in Queenstown, Cape Province, South Africa, the eldest of four children of Alexander (Sandy) Greig (1922–1990), born in West Lothian, and his wife, Josephine Barry (Joyce), née Taylor (...

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Anthony William Greig (1946–2012) by Bob Thomas, 1969 © Getty Images

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Hughes, Margaret Patricia (1919–2005), writer on cricket, was born on 1 October 1919 at 5 Beach Houses, Margate, Kent, the daughter of Arthur Hubert Hughes (d. 1944), pianoforte ironmonger, and his wife, Dorothy Maud, née Townsend. She had three brothers and it was from them that she was infected by the cricket virus during games played in the back garden of their house. She does not appear to have sought to play more seriously as an adult, perhaps slightly surprisingly since the 1930s saw a growth in interest in playing the game among young middle-class women. After leaving school at seventeen she took a job in the advertising department of the ...

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Jenkins, Christopher Dennis Alexander Martin- (1945–2013), cricket commentator, was born on 20 January 1945 at 5 Geneva Street, Peterborough (his maternal grandmother's home), the second of three sons of Lieutenant-Colonel Dennis Frederick Martin-Jenkins (1911–1991), a Royal Artillery officer who later worked in shipping for ...

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Keating, Francis Vincent [Frank] (1937–2013), sports journalist, was born on 4 October 1937 at Weston Lawn nursing home, Edgar Street, Hereford, the son of Bryan John Keating (1907–1989), farm manager and tenant farmer, and his wife, Mary Monica, née Marsh (1905–1999), who at the time of his birth registration lived at ...

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Nyren, John (1764–1837), cricket historian, son of Richard Nyren (1734–1797) [see under Hambledon cricket club] and his wife, Frances Pennycud (c.1740–c.1830), of Slindon, in Sussex, was almost certainly born in the parish of Catherington, two miles east of ...

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Pycroft, James (1813–1895), writer on cricket, was born at Geyers House, Pickwick, Wiltshire, the second son of Thomas Pycroft, barrister, and his wife, Mary. His elder brother was Thomas Pycroft. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Bath, matriculated from ...

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Swanton, Ernest William [Jim] (1907–2000), cricket commentator, was born on 11 February 1907 at 64 Vancouver Road, Forest Hill, on the southern outskirts of London, the only son and eldest of the three children of William (Bill) Swanton, stockbroker, and his wife, Lillian Emily...

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Warner, Sir Pelham Francis (1873–1963), cricketer and writer on cricket, was born on 2 October 1873 at The Hall, Port of Spain, Trinidad, the youngest of the eighteen children of Charles William Warner (1805–1887) and his second wife, Ellen Rosa (1830–1913), daughter of ...

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Sir Pelham Francis Warner (1873–1963) by Vandyk © National Portrait Gallery, London