George Parr (cricketer)

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George Parr
England in North America 1859.jpg
The first English touring team pictured on board ship at Liverpool: standing at left Robert Carpenter, William Caffyn, Tom Lockyer; middle row John Wisden, HH Stephenson, George Parr, James Grundy, Julius Caesar, Thomas Hayward, John Jackson; front row Alfred Diver, John Lillywhite
Personal information
Full name George Parr
Born (1826-05-22)22 May 1826
Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Died 23 June 1891(1891-06-23) (aged 65)
Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Batting Right-hand bat
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1845-1870 Nottinghamshire
1853-1854 Surrey
1853-1854 Sussex
1854-1858 Kent
1863 Marylebone Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 207
Runs scored 6626
Batting average 20.20
100s/50s 1/31
Top score 130
Balls bowled 694
Wickets 29
Bowling average 15.34
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/42
Catches/stumpings 126/-
Source: Cricket Archive, 21 June 2014

George Parr (22 May 1826, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire – 23 June 1891) was an English cricketer, whose first-class career lasted from 1844 to 1870. Known popularly as the "Lion of the North", Parr was a right-handed batsman and bowled occasional right-handed underarm deliveries. Throughout his career he played mainly for Nottinghamshire, and was club captain from 1856 to 1870. He also made occasional appearances for other counties and for Marylebone Cricket Club. He was a stalwart of the All-England Eleven and was captain of the first England touring team, which went to North America in 1859. He also captained England's second tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1864, returning home unbeaten.[1]

Parr played in 207 first-class matches and had 358 innings, in 30 of which he was not out. He scored 6,626 runs (average 20.20) at a time when conditions greatly favoured bowlers. His highest score was 130 for Nottinghamshire, against Surrey at The Oval on 14 July 1859; his only century. He made 31 fifties and took 126 catches. He took 29 wickets in his career with a best analysis of 6/42. The Parr Stand which was recently replaced at Trent Bridge was named in his honour.[1][2]

George Parr (second from left) and other members of William Clarke's All-England Eleven in 1847.


  1. ^ a b "Player Profile: George Parr". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: George Parr". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  • H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1926
  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volumes 3-9 (1841-1866), Lillywhite, 1862-1867
  • John Major, More Than A Game, HarperCollins, 2007 – includes the famous 1859 touring team photo taken on board ship at Liverpool
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993

External links

  • George Parr at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • George Parr at ESPNcricinfo
Sporting positions
Preceded by
William Clarke
Nottinghamshire County cricket captain
Succeeded by
Richard Daft
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