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Who's Who of Canadian Cricket

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Played in six International matches against the United States from 1896 to 1909, with an average of 14.10 and a top score of 54. He kept wicket in the games that Saunders did not play. He scored 109 for Rideau against Ottawa in August 1896.

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BABER Walter Crosbie

Played in five International matches against the United States from 1899 to 1909. He could only manage an average of 12.8 in his ten innings, with a top score of 33, but he secured 12 wickets with the best figures of 5 for 44. Baber was a witness at the wedding of Hugh Cyril Hill, his teammate in 1899 and 1903 in the Series.

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BARBER  George Anthony 

Known as the father of Canadian cricket for his involvement in the setting up both the Toronto Cricket Club and the Upper Canada College Cricket Club. Many of the notable Canadian cricketers in the nineteenth century played for one or even both of these two institutions. In the 1830s Barber played in many of the earliest matches in Canada, for which scorecards exist. He played in the first International match in 1844 and then umpired in two International matches in 1846 and 1853.

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BARRON F W Joined the staff of Upper Canada College in 1834 and would later become principal. He played for the UCC against Toronto in their first match in 1836, with two other masters, George A Barber and John Kent.
BELL Benjamin Taylor A

Played once in the International Series in 1886 where he only managed to make eight runs. Domestically he was more successful making a total of 1,036 runs in the 1886 season at an average of 35.21. Wisden called him a "splendid field at cover point".

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BOULTON Reverend William Taught cricket at Upper Canada College. Uncle of WH Boulton below. Died of typhoid fever in 1834 aged 28.
BOULTON William Henry

Played for Toronto Cricket Club in the 1830s. His public support of Canadian cricket team in the International Series furthered his political ambitions. Served two terms as Mayor of Toronto.

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BOYD Mossom Martin

Played ten times for Canada in the International Series from 1882-95, but could only manage a disappointing average of 8.06 in his 19 innings, with a top score of 58. He scored 113 not out for Canadian Zingari v Pittsburg in August 1885. His father was also a cricketer and was also called Mossom and had played for the Upper Canada College.

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COOPER Walter Henry

Played four times for Canada in the International Series from 1896 to 1901, he averaged 21.63 with a top score of 40. He played for a variety of clubs, scoring centuries for Toronto in 1896, Trinity Rovers in 1897, Moinico Asylum in 1899 and Rosedale in 1901. He didn't bowl in the Series but he took four wickets against the visiting Australians in 1893, opening the bowling with JM Laing.

Cooper signed up for the War in February 1916. He fought for the 4th Battalion. He died on 12 April 1917 following the Canadian Corp's successful attack on Vimy Ridge. He was 44 years old.

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Played four times in the International Series from 1898 to 1904, achieving a disappointing average of 10.88. He was an occasional bowler and took a total of three wickets, bowling in three matches in the Series. He scored two centuries in domestic cricket, one for a Canadian XI v Chatham in July 1898 and one for Hamilton v Guelph in August 1900.

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FERRIE Robert Bown

A fine opening bowler who overcame injury to enjoy a good tour to Britain in 1887. He played in six International matches from 1881-90, taking 29 wickets for a miserly average of 8.14. He usually opened the bowling with Alec Gillespie in these matches. According to Cricket: A Weekly Record of the Game 1887 p.54 Ferrie bowled fast round arm.

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FLEURY William James

Played in nine matches during the 1887 tour of Britain. His average of 17.17 placed him sixth in the batting averages with a top score of 56 not out against Staffordshire. He played twice in the International Series in 1890 and 1892, where he bagged a pair. His average in the Series was a disappointing 2. He scored a century for Toronto against Rosedale in July 1888 and another for Ontario v Quebec. He toured Britain again in 1910 as captain of Toronto Zingari. This was the first tour of the UK by a Canadian cricket club.

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GILBERT Walter Raleigh

Cousin of WG Grace. According to Cricket Archive he played for Canada in one of their games during their first tour of Britain in 1880. He emigrated to Canada in 1886 to avoid a scandal involving charges of theft from his teammates' dressing room. Scored a century for Halifax Wanderers in July 1887 and two centuries for Montreal in June 1897 and September 1900. 

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Played in a record 14 matches in the International Series from 1881-1901, where he took 48 wickets at an average of 11.04. He also toured Britain in 1887. He did not accompany his teammates back to Canada at the end of the tour, preferring instead to visit Scotland to trace his ancestoral routes. Gillespie was educated at the UCC, but he didn't start bowling until his last year at the College; his bowling style was medium pace. He scored two centuries for Hamilton against Toronto; the first in July 1881 and the second in August 1892. Like his father, George H Gillespie, Alexander was a keen curler and played for Toronto Curling Club.

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Played eight times in the International Series from 1891 to 1899. He averaged 14.21 with a top score of 50. He scored four centuries for Toronto.

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Secretary of Canadian Cricket Association and co-author of the 1895 book Sixty Years of Canadian Cricket with R O McCulloch.

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He played once in the International Series in 1893 and though he failed he arguably would have represented Canada more  had he not lived in St Johns, New Brunswick. He scored the first century made in the Maritime Provinces in July 1892 for St Johns v HMS Magicenne. In June 1893 against Courtnay Bay he hit another century, also for St Johns. In 1894 he toured Toronto with the Maritime Provinces.

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Played in three matches in the International Series from 1856-60, where he took 17 wickets at an average of 8.06.

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HEATHER Frederick James

Played for the St George's Cricket Club who won the Toronto City Championship in 1922 and the Bell Telephone Cricket Club, who contested the final of the Canadian Championship in 1927. However, it was an umpire that Heather is best remembered. He served his umpiring apprenticeship in the Toronto leagues in the late 1920s and then went on to become Canada's most notable umpire; officiation in the 1932 Australian tour, Sir Julien Cahn's team of 1933, the Cambridge University tour of 1934 and the MCC tours of 1937, 1951 and 1959. Domestically Heather officiated in many interprovincial John Ross Robertson trophy matches.


After umpiring at Canada's highest level for 38 years he retired in 1967. The High Commissioner for Canada invited Heather to joion him and attend the ceremony in Westminster Abbey to commemorate Canada's Centennial Year. He was made the Life Member of the Toronto Cricket Umpire's Association on 12 January 1970.

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HEWARD John O'Brien

A Canadian cricketer of notable longevity. He played in six matches in the International Series from 1846 to 1859. He was still topping his club's averages in 1873. He was elected for ten consecutive years as the President of Toronto Cricket Club.

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HILL Hugh Cyril

Played in five International matches from 1897 to 1903. He averaged 17.44 in nine innings with a top score of 57. He was also a useful bowler taking 15 wickets at an average of 14.53; his best figures being 7 for 58. Domestically Hill scored a century for McGill University in Montreal in 1901.

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JOHNSON Francis Godschall  Governor of Assiniboia from November 1855 to 1858, when he returned back to his law practice in Montreal. In 1859 he gave a speech to the England Cricketers following their first match against Montreal, where he stated that cricket had been played at the Red River settlement with homemade cricket equipment.

Played only once in the International Series in 1891, but without success. He had a better record in domestic cricket, scoring three centuries for Halifax teams, two against visiting Navy teams and once against Northwest. He shared an unbeaten partnership of 252 with FAW Taylor for Halifax Wanderers v Navy in July 1889, at the time a Canadian record. He played in the 1892 Halifax International Tournament and toured Toronto with the Maritime Provinces in 1894.

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KENT John He joined the Upper Canada College as the Head of the Preparatory School in 1829, its founding year he became the master of the Boarding House and more importantly the first President of the Upper Canada College Cricket Club in 1836. He also played in the inaugural match between the UCC CC and Toronto CC in 1836.
KING Donald Administrator most responsible for the renaissance in Canadian cricket following the Second World War. The Canadian Encyclopaedia states that cricket "was well served by the untiring administrative efforts of Donald King during the 1960s and 1970s, when teams from several countries toured Canada."
KIRCHHOFFER John Nesbitt Born in Cork, Ireland in 1848 and came to Canada in 1864. He studied law and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1871. He played against Daft's 1879 tourists and represented Canada in one international match in 1880, without success. He became a Senator in 1892, a post he held until his death in 1914.
LAING John Mellville

Arguably Canada's finest ever all-rounder. He played eight times for Canada in the International Series from 1892-1901, where he attempted to be Canada's answer to Bart King. Whilst his bowling did rival that of the great Philadelphian, he failed to do himself justice with the bat, averaging a surprisingly poor 7.19 in his 16 innings. Domestically he scored nine centuries between 1893 and 1901. He played his last international aged 28, before dedicating himself to a notable legal career. He continued to play for Toronto for 10 years or so after his last International. TC Patteson questions the legality of Laing's actions in his "reminiscences" in 60 Sixty of Canadian cricket.

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LITTLE William Carruthers

Played five times in the International Series from 1886 to 1902, without any success hitting a top score of 4 in his 10 innings. Domestically he hit a century in Ottawa in May 1886. He toured Britain in 1887, playing in all 19 matches, but only managing 7th in the batting averages.

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Played in three international matches between 1880-3, taking six wickets for 70 runs in his first match, where he also opened the batting. The Toronto Globe of 4 May 1880 described him as the "best acknowledged bowler in Canada." He played for Trinity College, Port Hope and Carlton. In 1881 he took 178 wickets in the season [p.36 of Canadian Cricketer magazine Vol 1 No. 4 1973], which was the first recorded incident of 100 wickets being taken in a season in Canada.

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Played in eight International Matches between 1890 and 1899, but could only manage a disappointing average of 14.07 in his 16 innings with a highest score of 34. Domestically it was a different story. Lyon hit four centuries in the mid 1890s, including an undefeated 238 for Rosedale v Peterborough on 24 August 1894, which was the highest score hit in Canada, eclipsing the 204 made by Mr Browning for Montreal. He won an olympic gold medal in 1904 for golf.

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Co-author of Sixty Years of Canadian Cricket, published in 1895. He hit a century for Galt v Brantford on 25 July 1900.

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McGIVERIN Harold Buchanan

A fast bowler who represented Canada in eight matches in the International Series from 1890-1903. He usually batted at 11 in these games, which was clearly too low for a player who averaged 29.67 in the Series, albeit with 10 not outs. Like his contemporaries Saunders and Laing he was a barrister. He was well travelled and came over to Britain in 1893 and played for St Neots CC. Outside cricket he had a notable political career, representing Ottawa as a Liberal MP before and after the First World War, becoming a Minister without Portfolio in 1924.

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Scottish born cricketer who played for Canada four times from 1881 to 1885 in the Series. He was a failure, averaging only 5.63 in eight innings with a top score of 10. He hit two centuries for Toronto Cricket Club in 1882.

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MUNN John Shannon

He played for Oxford University in 1900 and 1901 making him possibly the only first-class cricketer from Newfoundland. He died with his three year old daughter Betty when the SS Florizel sank in February 1918.

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OGDEN Edward Russell

Captained Canada in the International Series and on the 1887 tour of Britain. He played in six Internationals from 1880-88, but could only average 12.1 with a top score of 49 in his 12 innings. He scored two centuries for Chicago in the 1890s. Ogden was an UCC old boy, making his debut for the 1st XI in 1876 and being captain from 1877 to 1880. He played in the Western Association team of 1882, as a Chicago player. He missed much of the 1885 season due to poor health. He was a left-handed player and a round-arm bowler.

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Toured Canada in 1872. Scored 102 for Hamilton against Montreal in August 1876. A great all-round sportsman, he was the first captain of the England football team. He attended Oxford University earning blues in rackets, real tennis and athletics as well as cricket and football. He married a Canadian called Marion Stinson.

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PARSONS Benjamin

Played in eight consecutive matches for Canada in the International Series from 1853 to 1865.

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PATTESON Thomas Charles

Invited the MCC Secretary RA Fitzgerald to tour Canada. Tour took place in 1872 and included WG Grace.

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PHILLIPS Rev. Thomas Dowell

Taught cricket by George Barber at the Upper Canada College and had an equally important influence on Canadian cricket. The Reverend Phillips edited three editions of the Canadian Cricketer's Guide in 1858, 1876 and 1877. He played four times for Canada in the International Series, the first time in 1858 and the final time in 1879. He excelled in the Halifax Tournament of 1874 where he made 197 runs at an average of 39.40, winning an award for the highest aggregate made in the Tournament. He was a member of the ill-fated 1880 tour of Britain, stepping in to captain the side following the arrest of Thomas Dale, the original skipper. Phillips proved his longevity when he hit a century for Chichago 2nd XI against St George's 2nd XI on 4 July 1896, aged  63.

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PICKERING William Percival

A Cambridge Blue and captain of Eton, he went on to represent Gentlemen against the Players and was one of the original members of both Surrey County Cricket Club and I Zingari. He emigrated to Canada and represented his new country in the International Series in four consecutive matches from 1853 to 1857, without much success, his top score being 18 not out in 1857. According to Wisden, Pickering was chiefly responsible for ensuring that George Parr's 1859 tour went ahead. A nephew, FPU Pickering was part of Fitzgeralds 1872 tourists.

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Played in four Internationals from 1879 to 1883, without much success with an average of 7.00 and a top score of 20. Domestically he hit two centuries for Peterborough in 1884 and 1888.

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ROBERTSON John Ross Philanthropist who donated the John Ross Robertson trophy in 1910 for the best domestic Canadian cricket team.
ROBINSON John Beverly

Played for Toronto and the Upper Canada College in the 1830s and for Canada in the first International match in 1844. He umpired in the 1856 International match. He was elected Mayor of Toronto in the same year.

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SAUNDERS Dyce Willcocks

Fine wicket-keeper batsman who played 12 times for Canada in the International Series from 1881-1901, five times as captain and in four of those matches he opened the batting as well as kept wicket. He averaged a disappointing 9.73 in the Series, but hit an impressive eight centuries in the 1880s and 1890s for Guelph, Toronto and Trinity. Saunders played for Trinity College School in 1877 and was made captain the following year. He then went on to play for Guelph, before moving to Toronto to study law and play for Toronto Cricket Club. He injured himself in the autumn of 1884 playing football and so missed most of 1885 season. He had a successful tour of Britain in 1887, where Cricket: A Weekly Record of the Game compared Saunders' wicket-keeping "with some of the very best of our amateur wicket-keepers." He toured again with Seagram's team in 1922. Like Laing, he also had a notable legal career, becoming a KC.

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Played once in the International Series in 1912. Captained, selected and financed the Canadian team that toured Britain in 1922.

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TERRY Francis William

The Reverend Terry played in eight International matches from 1891 to 1907; he averaged 22.38 and scored the first century for Canada in 1893. He was something of a century specialist, hitting eight other centuries in the 1890s, six for London Asylum. He was born at Wells, Somerset and he played for that County before emigrating to Canada.

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Played in Canada's first World Cup in 1979 one of two Manitobans selected. Canada were thrashed by Pakistan, England and Australia, but Valentine took a wicket in every match and was never dismissed, though he batted at 11. His father played for Cambridge University and became the Bishop of Rupertsland.[ref Winnipeg Tribune of 28 Nov 1978]

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Captain in the 1st Battalion of the 60th Rifles, based at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was born in Halifax, but educated in England, playing cricket for Rugby School. He designed and organised the 1874 Tournament in Halifax. He played for Gloucestershire in 1871 and then again for Hampshire in 1884 after returning to Britain.

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WEIGHTON  William 

Head of the Manitoba Cricket Association in the 1960s and 1970s.  Helped to organise the western half of the MCC 1959 tour to Canada. Please see link to article on 1959 tour below:


WILSON Herbert G

One of the finest players to come out of Winnipeg. Geographical location restricted him to just one International match in 1895, but he scored no fewer than four centuries in the 1890s playing for Winnipeg and W Bannatyne's XI. In a tournament hosted by Winnipeg CC in 1894 Wilson averaged 95; five clubs participated. Earlier on 7 August 1888 he took a hat-trick against an American team, whilst on tour with Winnipeg CC. Wilson was an adventurer who was a member of the 1884 expedition sent to relieve General Gordon in Khartoum and in 1897 he took part in the Klondyke gold rush. He then returned to Winnipeg and became Commissioner of the Workmen's Compensation Board. He was suspended from this post in January 1925. He committed suicide in December of the same year. 

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