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CRICKETERS I HAVE MET.

to Emmett and Freeman, on one of the roughest, bumpiest wickets we had now and then on that ground twenty years ago. About every third or fourth ball kicked badly, and we were hit all over the body and had to dodge an occasional one with our heads. Shooters were pretty common on the same wicket, and what with playing one ball and dodging another we had a lively and unenviable time of it. But not once did Mr. Green shirk the work, and his 51 against such bowling was, to my mind, a wonderful performance. On another occasion, for the Gentlemen of the South v. Players of the South, at the Oval, on a good wicket, he rattled up 50 in a very short time in a way that I have rarely seen equalled; and his 57 not out for the Gentlemen v. Players, at the Oval in 1871, was one of the finest bits of hitting I can remember, and enabled the Gentlemen to win the match three minutes before time.

He was a splendid fieldsman also, and at long-leg, or long-stopping, could hold his own with our finest exponents. He bowled round-arm, very fast, and took wickets when better bowlers had failed. At his best he played in most of the great matches, the Gentlemen v. Players included, and invariably accompanied the Uppingham Rovers on their annual tour. He also played for Sussex in his younger days; but his native county, Essex, has had the best of his time and manhood, and may be said to owe its existence to-day to his unwearied and unselfish efforts. In 1867 he was one of the secretaries of the Cambridge University Cricket Club, and was elected President the year after. As an all-round athlete he was much above the average, and represented his university in 1867 and 1868. He threw the cricket-ball 103 yards; in a long jump cleared 18 ft. 9 in., and in the high jump 5 ft. 7½ in.; and held his own against good competitors in the 100 yards, one mile, and hurdle races.