Bernard Bosanquet (cricketer)

Bernard Bosanquet (cricketer)

Infobox Historic Cricketer


nationality = English
country = England
country abbrev = Eng
name = Bernard Bosanquet
picture = Cricket_no_pic.pngbatting style = Right-handed batsman (RHB)
bowling style = Leg break, googly
tests = 7
test runs = 147
test bat avg = 13.36
test 100s/50s = 0/0
test top score = 27
test balls = 970
test wickets = 25
test bowl avg = 24.16
test 5s = 2
test 10s = 0
test best bowling = 8/107
test catches/stumpings = 9/0
FCs = 235
FC runs = 11,696
FC bat avg = 33.41
FC 100s/50s = 21/63
FC top score = 214
FC balls = 26,559
FC wickets = 629
FC bowl avg = 23.80
FC 5s = 45
FC 10s = 11
FC best bowling = 9/31
FC catches/stumpings = 190/0
debut date = 11 December
debut year = 1903
last date = 5 July
last year = 1905
source = http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/england/content/player/9158.html

Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet (October 13, 1877 - October 12, 1936) was an English cricketer, perhaps most renowned as the inventor of the googly (sometimes called the "Bosie" or, in Australia, the "Wrong'un" ).

Bosanquet was born in Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, represented Uxbridge Cricket Club and made 120 for Eton v Harrow before becoming an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford in 1896. He gained three Blues as a batsman for Oxford University Cricket Club and went on to play for Middlesex County Cricket Club. He was also captain of Oxford University Ice Hockey Club during their first varsity match.


= The Googly=

A great games player (he represented Oxford at throwing the hammer and billiards), Bosanquet would partake in a game called 'Twisti-Twosti', which involved bouncing a tennis ball on a table and spinning it in such a manner that one's opponent could not catch it. From this frivolity, according to Bosanquet's own recollections in his latter years, originated the googly: the ball that resembled a leg break but turned into the right-handed batsman. At the beginning of his career he had bowled at medium to fast before turning to wrist-spin.

He played seven Test matches for England between 1903/04 and 1905, his 6-51 in the second innings of The Ashes in 1903/4 put England 3-1 up to win. He was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1904. In 1905 at Trent Bridge his 8-107 secured one of the two England wins which held the trophy. He headed the national batting averages in 1908, which included scoring 214 in 195 minutes. [Encyclopedia of Cricket, p170]

Bosanquet died in Wykehurst, Ewhurst, Surrey in October 1936, aged 58. His son, Reginald Bosanquet, was a well known ITN newsreader.

Notes

References

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first = Peter
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coauthors = Peter Wynne-Thomas
title = The Complete Encyclopedia of Cricket
publisher = Carlon Books
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isbn = 978-1-86200-470-2

External links

* [http://content.cricinfo.com/england/content/player/9158.html Cricinfo page on Bernard Bosanquet]


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