Kent County Cricket Club in 1910

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Kent County Cricket Club
1910 season
Captain EW Dillon
Ground(s) Canterbury
Dover
Gravesend
Maidstone
Tonbridge
Tunbridge Wells
Blackheath
County Championship 1st
Most runs E Humphreys (1,618)
Most wickets C Blythe (163)
Most catches FE Woolley (31)
Most wicket-keeping dismissals FH Huish (73)

Kent County Cricket Club's 1910 season was the 21st season in which the County competed in the County Championship. Kent played 29 first-class cricket matches during the season, losing only five matches overall, and won their third Championship title. They finished well ahead of second place Surrey in the 1910 County Championship.

All-rounder Frank Woolley, who was becoming an established international player, was selected as one of Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1911 after a successful 1910 season.

The Championship title was the third of four by Kent in the years before the First World War. It followed their success in 1909. The club's fourth title was won in 1913.

Background

After decades of underachievement, Kent won their first County Championship in 1906.[1][2] A mid-table finished in 1907 was followed by second place in 1908, despite winning more matches than the Champions Yorkshire.[3] A second Championship title followed in 1909 with the Kent side securing the title well before the end of the season after losing only two matches.[4]

The re-emergence of strong Kent sides was based on the development of a mix of "gifted"[5] amateurs playing alongside an increasingly strong core of professionals, most of whom were a product of the club's Tonbridge Nursery - its player development centre based at the Angel Ground at Tonbridge. By 1906 professionals were making around 60% of all appearances for Kent, a figure which rose to 68% in 1910 and provided a solid foundation for the side to achieve success on the field.[6][7][8][9]

1910 season

Kent's opening match of the season, against the MCC at Lord's, was cancelled following the death of King Edward VII and the county began the 1910 season with a loss to Oxford University before the County Championship got under way with an innings victory against Middlesex at Lord's. The second match of the Championship season, against Lancashire, was declared as "Not counted" as there was no play on the second day, 20 May, due to the funeral of the King.[10]

Four away Championship matches saw Kent win three times before losing to Leicestershire, a set of games which also featured a win against Cambridge University at Fenner's. Kent's first home game of the season was against Sussex at Tonbridge in June and saw the county begin a series of 10 unbeaten matches which lasted until the end of July. Eight of these matches were wins. A loss to Essex at Leyton was followed by seven successive winning matches, including two innings victories during Canterbury Cricket Week at the beginning of August.

By 12 August Kent had guaranteed the Championship title, the earliest date that the County Championship has ever been won.[11] A loss against Championship runners-up Surrey at The Oval, a draw against Hampshire and a loss in the Champion County match in September completed the season.

Players

The 1910 side was captained by Ted Dillon in his second year of captaincy and featured England international players Colin Blythe, Douglas Carr, Arthur Fielder, Kenneth Hutchings and Frank Woolley.[12][13][14][15] Blythe and Woolley had toured South Africa with England over the 1909–10 English winter, but only Woolley, who had played in all five Test matches during the tour, would go on to play again for England, having debuted the summer before.[16]

Carr, along with Arthur Day had been chosen as two of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 1910 edition of the almanack and Woolley was chosen in the 1911 edition.[15][17][18] Fielder and Hutchings had been chosen in 1907 and Blythe in 1904.[19][20] The nucleus of the team remained the same as the Championship winning sides of 1906 and 1909, with the core of the side increasingly becoming professionals who had developed in the county's Tonbridge Nursery. When Dillon, a shipbroker whose profession sometimes kept him away from cricket, was unable to play, former club captain Jack Mason generally led the side.[21]

Fred Huish was the main wicket-keeper for Kent, with Jack Hubble replacing him in one non-Championship match. Huish, the senior professional in the Kent side at the time, was in the process of making 151 consecutive Championship appearances for Kent.[22][23] Hubble, who succeeded Huish as wicket-keeper after World War I, played primarily as a batsman.[23][24]

Former captain Cloudesley Marsham made his last first-class appearance for Kent before the First World War against Cambridge University and did not play in a Championship match during the season. Keith Barlow played against both Cambridge and Oxford University, the only first-class appearances of his career. Other than Barlow, four players made their senior debuts for Kent during 1910: Eric Hatfeild, Charles Hooman, Freddie Knott and Percy Morfee. Hooman appeared 15 times for the county during the season, his only season of first-class cricket with Kent.

List of players

Ages given as of the first day of Kent's 1910 County Championship season, 16 May 1910.

Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Apps Notes
K Barlow (1890-08-27)27 August 1890 (aged 19) Right 2
C Blythe (1879-05-30)30 May 1879 (aged 30) Right Slow left arm 26
DW Carr (1872-03-17)17 March 1872 (aged 38) Right Right arm leg-break 10
AP Day (1885-04-10)10 April 1885 (aged 25) Right Right arm leg-break
Right arm fast-medium
9
SH Day (1878-12-29)29 December 1878 (aged 31) Right Right arm fast 1
EW Dillon (1881-02-15)15 February 1881 (aged 29) Right Right arm leg-break 23 Club captain
WJ Fairservice (1881-05-16)16 May 1881 (aged 29) Right Right arm off-break 19
A Fielder (1877-07-19)19 July 1877 (aged 32) Right Right arm fast 18
HTW Hardinge (1886-02-25)25 February 1886 (aged 24) Right Slow left arm 5
CE Hatfeild (1887-03-11)11 March 1887 (aged 23) Right Slow left arm 2
CVL Hooman (1887-10-03)3 October 1887 (aged 22) Right Right arm medium 15
JC Hubble (1881-02-10)10 February 1881 (aged 29) Right 18 Wicket-keeper
FH Huish (1869-11-15)15 November 1869 (aged 40) Right 28 Wicket-keeper
E Humphreys (1881-08-24)24 August 1881 (aged 28) Right Slow left arm 29
KL Hutchings (1882-12-07)7 December 1882 (aged 27) Right Right arm fast 25
DW Jennings (1889-06-14)14 June 1889 (aged 20) Right 2
FH Knott (1891-10-30)30 October 1891 (aged 18) Right Right arm leg-break 6
CHB Marsham (1879-02-10)10 February 1879 (aged 31) Right Slow left arm 1
JR Mason (1874-03-26)26 March 1874 (aged 36) Right Right arm fast-medium 9
PE Morfee (1886-05-02)2 May 1886 (aged 24) Right Right arm fast 5
HJB Preston (1883-10-25)25 October 1883 (aged 26) Right Right arm medium 7
J Seymour (1879-10-25)25 October 1879 (aged 30) Right Right arm off-break 29
LHW Troughton (1879-05-17)17 May 1879 (aged 30) Right Right arm medium 1
FE Woolley (1887-05-27)27 May 1887 (aged 22) Left Slow left arm
Left arm medium
29

Source: CricketArchive and CricInfo statistics

Statistics

During 1910 Kent played 29 first-class matches, including 26 in the County Championship. They won 20, drew four and lost five matches, with 19 of the wins and only three losses occurring in the Championship. One match, against the MCC, was cancelled following the death of Edward VII.

Match type P W L D Tie Ab Can NC Pts Pos
County Championship 26 19 3 3 0 0 1 19 1st
Other first-class matches 4 1 2 0 0 0 1

Punter Humphreys led the county in run scoring with a total of 1,618 runs, including 1,483 in the County Championship.[25] James Seymour, Kenneth Hutchings and Frank Woolley each scored over 1,000 runs for Kent, with Ted Dillon adding 919. Hutchings scored four centuries for Kent, with Humphreys, Seymour and Woolley each scoring three.[26] Humphreys' score of 200 not out against Lancashire at Tunbridge Wells was the highest score for Kent during the season and was his second double century for the county.[27] At the time it was the third highest score in Kent history, beaten only by the 208 he had scored in 1909 and James Seymour's 204 from the 1907 season.[28] Seymour made a top score of 193 against Middlesex at Canterbury in 1910, Kent's second highest score of the year.[27]

Seymour and Hutchings shared a partnership of 205 at Derby which was the highest third-wicket partnership of the Championship season and Humphreys and Arthur Day's stand of 254 was the highest fifth-wicket partnership of the season, set against Lancashire at Tunbridge Wells.[29] As of 2016 this remains the highest fifth-wicket partnership at the Nevill Ground.[30] Kent's total of 607/6 declared against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham was the highest team total of the Championship season[31] and, as of 2016, remains Kent's highest score against Gloucestershire on any ground.[32]

Colin Blythe was Kent's leading wicket taker in 1909, taking 149 Championship wickets at an average of 13.77.[33] He took 165 wickets in total during the season for Kent, including taking 10 wickets in a match four times and five wickets in an innings 17 times during the season with his left arm spin bowling. Frank Woolley was the second leading wicket-taker with 132 wickets, whilst Arthur Fielder, with 77, Douglas Carr, with 63, and Bill Fairservice, with 37, also made significant bowling contributions.

Blythe took two hat tricks during the season, against Surrey at Blackheath and against Derbyshire at Gravesend.[34] These were the only two hat-tricks Blythe took for Kent in his prodigious career for the county.[35] Frank Woolley returned the best innings bowling figures for Kent during the season, taking 8/52 against Sussex at Hastings.[36] Arthur Fielder had the best match figures of 12/76 at Northampton.[37]

Fred Huish claimed 73 wicket-keeping dismissals for Kent during the season, including 41 catches and 32 stumpings. Frank Woolley took 31 catches and James Seymour 30 catches during the season as part of Kent's well respected slip cordon.[25] Humphreys, Seymour and Woolley played in every match for Kent during 1910, with Huish also playing in every Championship fixture.[25]

Batting statistics

The table below includes all first-class batting for Kent during the 1910 season.

First-class batting for Kent, 1910
Player Matches Innings NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
K Barlow 2 3 0 11 6 3.67 0 0
C Blythe 26 34 6 378 37 13.50 0 0
DW Carr 10 12 4 91 21* 11.38 0 0
AP Day 9 12 1 355 111* 32.27 2 0
SH Day 1 1 0 15 15 15.00 0 0
EW Dillon 23 37 0 919 138 24.84 2 2
WJ Fairservice 19 26 4 275 37* 12.50 0 0
A Fielder 18 22 12 141 17* 14.10 0 0
HTW Hardinge 5 8 2 158 41* 26.33 0 0
CE Hatfeild 2 4 0 39 15 9.75 0 0
CVL Hooman 15 24 2 569 73 25.86 0 4
JC Hubble 18 27 4 524 84 22.78 0 2
FH Huish 28 41 5 417 44* 11.58 0 0
E Humphreys 29 46 2 1,618 200* 36.77 3 7
KL Hutchings 25 36 2 1,461 144 42.97 4 8
DW Jennings 2 2 0 18 18 9.00 0 0
FH Knott 6 10 1 332 114 36.89 1 0
CHB Marsham 1 1 0 13 13 13.00 0 0
JR Mason 9 13 3 313 121* 31.30 1 1
PE Morfee 5 8 2 36 10 6.00 0 0
HJB Preston 7 11 5 40 18 6.67 0 0
J Seymour 29 46 4 1,546 193 36.81 3 7
LHW Troughton 1 2 0 8 6 4.00 0 0
FE Woolley 29 43 2 1,050 120 25.61 3 3

Source: CricketArchive statistics and scorecards.

Bowling statistics

The table below includes all first-class bowling for Kent during the 1910 season.

First-class bowling for Kent, 1910
Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets BBI Ave 5w 10w
C Blythe 971.1 251 2,338 163 7/53 14.34 17 4
DW Carr 309.2 72 895 63 8/86 14.21 6 2
AP Day 6 0 23 0
EW Dillon 2 0 2 0
WJ Fairservice 256.4 60 652 37 6/24 17.62 2 0
A Fielder 481.1 86 1,493 77 7/24 19.39 7 1
HTW Hardinge 1 0 4 0
E Humphreys 50.5 13 143 6 3/69 23.83 0 0
KL Hutchings 2 0 5 1 1/5 5.00 0 0
JR Mason 74.3 14 208 12 3/34 17.33 0 0
PE Morfee 108.1 21 362 16 5/47 22.63 1 0
HJB Preston 117 23 296 14 4/8 21.14 0 0
FE Woolley 695.3 169 1,845 132 8/52 13.98 11 1

Source: CricketArchive statistics and scorecards.

See also

References

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External links

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