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Middlesex

Sport:

Cricket

Period:

Pre 1900s

Event:

The Ashes

Autographed:

Autographed

Bernard Bosanquet 

Bernard Bosanquet
A caricature of a cricketer with a ball in his hand
Bosanquet as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) inVanity Fair, September 1904
Personal information
Born13 October 1877
Bulls Cross, EnfieldMiddlesex, England
Died12 October 1936 (aged 58)
Wykehurst, Ewhurst, Surrey, England
Batting styleRight-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling styleLeg breakgoogly
RoleAll-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut11 December 1903 v Australia
Last Test5 July 1905 v Australia
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1898–1900Oxford University
1898–1919Middlesex
1898–1904MCC
Career statistics
CompetitionTestsFirst-class
Matches7235
Runs scored14711,696
Batting average13.3633.41
100s/50s0/021/63
Top score27214
Balls bowled97026,559
Wickets25629
Bowling average24.1623.80
5 wickets in innings245
10 wickets in match011
Best bowling8/1079/31
Catches/stumpings9/0190/0

Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet (13 October 1877 – 12 October 1936) was an English cricketer best known for inventing the googly, a delivery designed to deceive the batsman. When bowled, it appears to be a leg break, but after pitching the ball turns in the opposite direction to that which is expected, behaving as an off break instead. Bosanquet, who played first-class cricket for Middlesex between 1898 and 1919, appeared in seven Test matches for England as an all-rounder. He was chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1905.

Bosanquet played cricket for Eton College from 1891 to 1896, before gaining his Blue at Oriel College, Oxford. He was a moderately successful batsman who bowled at fast-medium pace for Oxford University between 1898 and 1900. As a student, he made several appearances for Middlesex and achieved a regular place in the county side as an amateur. While playing a tabletop game, Bosanquet devised a new technique for delivering a ball, later named the "googly", which he practised during his time at Oxford. He first used it in cricket matches around 1900, abandoning his faster style of bowling, but it was not until 1903, when he had a successful season with the ball, that his new delivery began to attract attention. Having gone on several minor overseas tours, Bosanquet was selected in 1903–04 for the fully representative Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tour of Australia. During that tour, he made his Test debut for England and although he largely failed as a batsman, he performed well as a bowler and troubled all the opposing batsmen with his googly.

More success followed; in the 1904 season, he took more than 100 wickets and his bowling career peaked when took eight wickets for 107 runs in the first Test against Australia in 1905 to bowl England to victory. However, he never mastered control ofgood length bowling and remained an erratic performer. After 1905, Bosanquet's bowling went into decline; he practically gave it up and made fewer first-class appearances owing to his business interests. After taking part in the First World War in the Royal Flying Corps, he married and had a son, Reginald Bosanquet, who later became a television newsreader. He died in 1936, aged 58.

Geoffrey Foster

Geoffrey Foster
Personal information
Batting styleRight-handed batsman
Bowling styleunknown /
occ. wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Career statistics
CompetitionFirst-class
Matches141
Runs scored6,600
Batting average28.32
100s/50s11/26
Top score175
Balls bowled388
Wickets8
Bowling average35.50
5 wickets in innings0
10 wickets in match0
Best bowling2-21
Catches/stumpings160/1

Geoffrey Norman Foster (16 October 1884 – 11 August 1971) was an English cricketer who played county cricket for Worcestershire and Kent, as well as appearing a number of times for Oxford University and MCC. He was one of the sevenFoster brothers, all of whom played first-class cricket for Worcestershire, and he led the county on a few occasions in the absence of the regular captain. He was a fast scorer, once making 101 in an hour for Oxford against Gentlemen of England.

Born in MalvernWorcestershire, Foster was educated, like all his brothers, at Malvern College, where he was in the cricket eleven.  He made his first-class debut for Worcestershire against Leicestershire at New Road in August 1903, but made aduck in his only innings. He played a handful more matches in that and the following season, but his only achievement of note was an innings of 81 against Somerset in August 1905.

He went to Oxford University in 1905, and got his Blue every year from then until 1908. In 1905 he took the first of his few wickets, that of Gentlemen of England's Maynard Ashcroft. A fine all-round sportsman, Foster was also a Blue at golf andrackets, as well as captaining the university's football team in 1908.  Cricket was, however, his forté, and combining his appearances for Oxford with those for his county, he scored particularly heavily in 1907, when he hit 1,182 first-class runs (his best season's aggregate) at an average of over 40. He also passed a thousand runs in 1908.

In 1909-10 Foster went to India, playing twice for Europeans in the Bombay Presidency Match and Triangular, though his contribution was negligible: he totalled just three runs, held one catch and did not bowl. In 1910 he made his thousand runs for the third and last time when he played 19 first-class games and took 25 catches, both figures being his most in a single season. He appeared 17 times in 1911, but thereafter his business commitments limited his appearances to a handful each season. However, he did make a career-best 175 against Leicestershire in 1913, only to see Worcestershire fall to an eight-run defeat, despite Worcestershire having enforced the follow-on. His stand of 195 with John Cuffe in that match was at the time a county record for the sixth wicket.  In 1912 he played (for the only time in his career) as wicket-keeper against the Australians at New Road, stumping the opposing keeper, Harold Webster.

The First World War intervened after the 1914 season, and Foster did not play again until 1920, when he appeared once each for Free Foresters and MCC, hitting 143 in his match for the latter side against Oxford University. In 1921 he played eight times for Kent, for whom he turned out twice more the following season. After that his first-class appearances were sporadic: he played for Harlequins in one of their few first-class matches, against the South Africans in 1924, and later that decade played four games for Free Foresters against Oxford University. Finally, he played a few games for MCC in 1931, the last being against – once again – Oxford.

He was the Public Schools and Independent Schools F.A. representative on the Council of the Football Association from 1920 to 1924.

Foster died in WestminsterLondon at the age of 86.


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