Plum Warner

Plum Warner

Infobox Historic Cricketer

nationality = English
country = England
country abbrev = Eng
name = Plum Warner
picture = Cricket_no_pic.pngbatting style = Right-handed batsman (RHB)
bowling style = n/a
tests = 15
test runs = 622
test bat avg = 23.92
test 100s/50s = 1/3
test top score = 132*
test balls = 0
test wickets = 0
test bowl avg = n/a
test 5s = 0
test 10s = 0
test best bowling = n/a
test catches/stumpings = 3/0
FCs = 521
FC runs = 29028
FC bat avg = 36.28
FC 100s/50s = 60/149
FC top score = 244
FC balls = 1132
FC wickets = 15
FC bowl avg = 42.40
FC 5s = 0
FC 10s = 0
FC best bowling = 2/26
FC catches/stumpings = 183/0
debut date = 14 February
debut year = 1899
last date = 26 June
last year = 1912
source =

Sir Pelham Francis Warner (2 October 1873 in Port of Spain, Trinidad - 30 January 1963 at West Lavington, West Sussex), affectionately and better known as Plum Warner, or the "Grand Old Man" of English cricket was a Test cricketer.

A right-hand bat, Warner played first-class cricket for Oxford University, Middlesex and England. He played 15 Test matches, captaining in 10 of them, with a record of won 4, lost 6. He succeeded in regaining The Ashes in 1903-4, winning the series against Australia 3-2. However he was less successful when he captained England on the tour of South Africa in 1905/6, suffering a resounding 1-4 defeat, the first time England had lost to South Africa in a Test match. He was also to have captained England on the 1911-2 tour of Australia, but fell ill. He was unable to play in any of the Tests, with Johnny Douglas taking over the captaincy.

He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1904 and 1921, making him one of two to have received the honour twice (the normal rule is that it can only be won once). The second award marked his retirement as a county player after the 1920 season, in which he captained Middlesex to the County Championship title.

He did not play in another first-class fixture until 1926-7, when he captained an MCC side to Argentina, in which the four representative matches against the host nation were accorded first-class status. MCC won the series by 2 games to one, with one match drawn. He played one more first-class match, in 1929 for the MCC against the Royal Navy.

After retiring as a player, he became a tour manager, most notably on the infamous Bodyline tour of Australia in 1932/3. He later became president of the Marylebone Cricket Club. He was knighted for his services to cricket in 1937.

Warner wrote extensively on cricket. He detailed his Ashes Tests and a history of Lord's Cricket Ground. He founded "The Cricketer" magazine. He married Agnes in the summer of 1904 and had two sons, Esmond and John, and a daughter, Elizabeth.

His brother Aucher Warner not only captained the first combined West Indies side in the West Indies during the 1896-97 season but also the first West Indian touring side to England in 1900.

succession box
before=Archie MacLaren
Stanley Jackson
title=English national cricket captain
after=Stanley Jackson
Tip Foster
succession box
before=Gregor MacGregor
after=Frank Mann


External references

* [ Cricinfo page on Plum Warner]
*"The Golden Age of Cricket 1890-1914" by David Frith ISBN 0-907853-50-1


*"Lord's 1787-1945" ISBN 1-85145-112-9

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