Reg Sinfield

Reg Sinfield

Infobox Historic Cricketer

nationality = English
country = England
country abbrev = ENG
name = Reg Sinfield
picture = Cricket_no_pic.pngbatting style = Right-hand bat
bowling style = Right-arm slow
tests = 1
test runs = 6
test bat avg = 6.00
test 100s/50s = -/-
test top score = 6
test balls = 378
test wickets = 2
test bowl avg = 61.50
test 5s = -
test 10s = -
test best bowling = 1/51
test catches/stumpings = -/-
FCs = 430
FC runs = 15674
FC bat avg = 25.69
FC 100s/50s = 16/63
FC top score = 209*
FC balls = 74556
FC wickets = 1173
FC bowl avg = 24.49
FC 5s = 66
FC 10s = 9
FC best bowling = 9/111
FC catches/stumpings = 178/-
debut date = 10 June
debut year = 1938
last date = 10 June
last year = 1938
source =

Reginald Albert Sinfield (born December 24, 1900, Benington, Hertfordshire, died March 17, 1988, Ham Green, Bristol) was an Gloucestershire cricketer of the 1920s and 1930s.

Sinfield played one Test in the twilight of his career in 1938, where he is best remember for having Don Bradman as his first Test victim. However, he had a long career with Gloucestershire prior to achieving higher representative honours, during which his steadiness provided a contrast with the attacking style of cricket provided by batsmen like Hammond and Barnett or bowlers like Goddard.

Originally from Hertfordshire, Sinfield played his initial first-class match for MCC as early as 1921 but his potential was not noticed until 1924 when he began qualifying by residence for Gloucestershire. he was able to play for them in County Championship matches in 1926 and showed ability as a solid opening batsman for them in two innings of over a hundred. In the following years Sinfield established himself as Gloucestershire's regular opening bat with Alf Dipper and after that player retired in a well-contrasted partnership with Barnett. He also developed as an accurate bowler of slow-medium off-cutters, much quicker and less flighty than Goddard. Though he did not accomplish anything remarkable, Sinfield was very consistent and reached a thousand runs every year from 1927 until 1935, in the process carrying his bat through an innings on five occasions - the most significant being when he scored 161 not out in a total of 374 against Oxford university in 1931.

Sinfield's skill as a bowler was slower to blossom because Charlie Parker and Goddard could do almost everything that was required up until the end of 1931. Although he took ninety wickets for under twenty apiece in 1930, it was not until 1934 that Sinfield became recognised as a bowler of class. In that year he headed the Gloucestershire averages and when the pitch helped him could be formidable indeed, as he showed with thirteen wickets against Nottinghamshire and eight for 40 against Leicestershire. The following year, despite the county's other batsmen declining, Sinfield had his best seaosn with the bat, largely because he increased his range of scoring strokes without losing his defensive strength. In August that year he made his highest score, 209 not out against Glamorgan at Cardiff - and followed that up with a haul of nine wickets for 103.

1936 saw Sinfield develop so much as a bowler that he bowled considerably more overs than anyone else in the country. So consistent was he until he fractured a finger in the second last match against Essex that he took 160 first-class wickets and was considered, owing to his accuracy, a strong candidate for the winter's Ashes tour. His most notable feat was nine wickets for 111 against some extremely aggressive Middlesex batting at Lord's - according to "Wisden" that record "fully demonstrated his steadiness" - and only Goddard's return prevented Sinfield taking all ten. However, very much a natural opening bat, Sinfield was never comfortable when placed lower in the order and he fell weel short of 1,000 runs. The following year he was again tireless and recovered some form with the bat, just reaching four figures, but in 1938 his work as a bowler affected his batting so much that he was frequently as low as No. 10 and did not once reach forty in an innings. In bowling, however, Sinfield worked so well in the frequent absence of Goddard that he was chosen for the First Test at Trent Bridge. Though he was not successful apart from capturing Bradman's wicket and failed to retain his place, Sinfield did have a number of notable bowling feats, including 14 for 110 on a rain-affected wicket against Worcestershire.

1939 saw Sinfield asked to do much less bowling with Goddard fully fit and devastating on the helpful Bristol turf, but Sinfield did recapture some of his old skill with the bat. Though, since his record was only 835 runs and 66 wickets it could hardly be said he was in his best form. When first-class cricket resumed in 1946 Goddard continued his devastating form for several years, but Sinfield took immediately to coaching at Clifton College and Colston's School. During this period, he championed a number of future Test players, notably Chris Broad, and only retired in his mid-eighties two years before his death.

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* [ First-class Batting in each Season]
* [ First-class Bowling in each Season]

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