Bernard Bosanquet (cricketer)
Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet was an English cricketer. He is best known for inventing the googly, a delivery designed to deceive the batsman. He played cricket for Eton College from 1891 to 1896, before gaining his Blue at Oriel College, Oxford. He was a moderately successful batsman who bowled at fast-medium pace for Oxford University between 1898 and 1900.
About Bernard Bosanquet (cricketer) in brief
Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet was an English cricketer. He is best known for inventing the googly, a delivery designed to deceive the batsman. He played cricket for Eton College from 1891 to 1896, before gaining his Blue at Oriel College, Oxford. He was a moderately successful batsman who bowled at fast-medium pace for Oxford University between 1898 and 1900. He appeared in seven Test matches for England as an all-rounder, and was chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1905. After taking part in the First World War in the Royal Flying Corps, he married and had a son, Reginald, who later became a television newsreader. He died in 1936, aged 58, at his home in Enfield, Middlesex. His great-grandfather, Sir Nicolas Conyngham Tindal, was Chief Justice of the Common Pleas between 1829 and 1846. His uncle and namesake Bernard Bosaquet the philosopher was also a well-known banker and biblical historian. His father worked for a banking firm and was High Sheriff of Middlesex from 1897 to 1898 and captained Enfield cricket club. In 1898, he made his first-class debut for Middlesex against a team selected by Jbebe, he had a top score of 17 runs. In the end of the season, he joined a Middlesex team and took 70 wickets at a bowling average of 18.00 and led the team at a batting average of 14.00. He later made two appearances for the county, scoring 17 runs and taking no wickets, but did not distinguish himself as a bowler.
In 1903, he was selected for the fully representative Marylebone Cricket Club tour of Australia and made his Test debut for England. His bowling career peaked when he took eight wickets for 107 runs in the first Test against Australia in 1905 to bowl England to victory. As a batsman he had developed, in the words of his obituary in The Times, ‘a rather curious, wristless style; stiff and yet powerful’. He never mastered control of good length bowling and remained an erratic performer. In 1905, he practically gave it up and made fewer first- class appearances owing to his business interests. He left in 1900 without completing a degree, although he recorded many accomplishments, including winning the Oxford University Blue in 1898. In 1897, he went to Oriel college, Oxford, and although he left in 1899 without completing his degree, he record many accomplishments. He made several appearances for MiddlesEX and achieved a regular place in the county side as an amateur. While at Eton, he received cricket coaching from the Surrey professionals Maurice Read and Bill Brockwell. He improved his play to the point where he played for the cricket first eleven in 1896. While playing a tabletop game, he devised a new technique for delivering a ball, later named the “googly”, which he practised during his time at Oxford.