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

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

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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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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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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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Bancroft, William James (1871–1959), rugby player and cricketer, was born on 2 March 1871 in the Carmarthen Arms, Waterloo Street, Swansea, Glamorgan, the eldest of the eleven children of William Bancroft (1848–1906), cobbler and cricket professional, and his wife, Emma Jones. At two years of age ...

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Barnes, Sydney Francis (1873–1967), cricketer, was born on 19 April 1873 at Cross Street, Smethwick, Staffordshire, the second son of the five children of Richard Barnes, a metal tester and later foreman shipper, who worked in Birmingham for the Muntz Metal Company for sixty-three years, and his wife, ...

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Sydney Francis Barnes (1873–1967) by unknown photographer, c. 1910 Getty Images

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Barrington, Kenneth Frank [Ken] (1930–1981), cricketer, was born on 24 November 1930 in Reading, the eldest of the three sons and four daughters of Percy Barrington, a regular soldier, and his wife, Winifred Lambden. His early experience of poverty shaped his life, for cricket, his abiding passion, also became his passport to better times. After attending ...

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Beauclerk, Lord Frederick de Vere (1773–1850), cricketer, was born on 8 May 1773 in the parish of St George, Hanover Square, London. He was the fourth child and youngest son of the seven children of Aubrey Beauclerk, fifth duke of St Albans (1740–1802)...

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Sir Alec Victor Bedser (1918–2010) by unknown photographer, 1946 [right, with his twin brother, Eric Bedser] © Popperfoto / Getty Images

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Bedser, Sir Alec Victor (1918–2010), cricketer and businessman, was born on 4 July 1918 at his grandmother's house, 13 Pangbourne Street, Reading, one of twin sons of Arthur Bedser (1890–1978), a bricklayer then serving as an aircraftsman with the RAF, and his wife, ...

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Bligh, Ivo Francis Walter, eighth earl of Darnley (1859–1927), cricketer and bequeather of the ‘Ashes’, born on 13 March 1859 at Bruton Street, London, was the second son of John Stuart Bligh, the sixth earl (1827–1896), who owned estates in Kent and co. Meath...

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Blythe, Colin [Charlie] (1879–1917), cricketer, was born on 30 May 1879 at 78 Evelyn Street, Deptford, Kent, the eldest son in the family of seven sons and six daughters of Walter Blythe, engine fitter, and his wife, Elizabeth Dready. He left Alverton Street school, Deptford...

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Bosanquet, Bernard James Tindal (1877–1936), cricketer, born at home at Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, on 13 October 1877, was the eldest son in the family of two sons and three daughters of Bernard Tindal Bosanquet (1843–1910) and his wife, Eva Maude Cotton (...

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Briggs, John (1862–1902), cricketer, was born at Lord Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, on 3 October 1862, the son of James Briggs (1837/8–1899), a stocking framer and knitter, and his wife, Ellen Banner. His father played cricket as a professional and was good enough to get an obituary notice in ...