Sydney Francis Barnes

(1873—1967) cricketer

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England cricketer, often regarded as the finest test bowler in the long history of cricket. He chose to play relatively little first-class cricket: in only 27 test appearances he took a total of 189 wickets. Barnes was born in Staffordshire. In 1894 he made his first-class debut for Warwickshire, for whom he played sporadically over three seasons before joining Lancashire, where he remained till 1903. That was the extent of his county cricket. The remainder of his career (he retired in 1935) was spent substantially with Staffordshire and in the North Staffordshire, Lancashire, Bradford, and Central Lancashire Leagues. He had a magnificent record in league cricket.

Between 1901 and 1914 he made his modest number of appearances for England, meeting with great success in Australia and South Africa. Faster than medium pace, he could turn the ball both ways and would vary his deliveries at will according to the conditions and circumstances. He earned praise from all the great cricketers of his day and it was regretted that he apparently preferred to play league cricket for much of the time.

From Who's Who in the Twentieth Century in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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