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CRICKETERS I HAVE MET.

Mr. Charles Thomas Studd was the most brilliant member of a well-known cricketing family, and from 1881 to 1884 had few superiors as an all-round player. His batting and bowling were very good, and for Cambridge University, Middlesex, Gentlemen, Players, and England v. Australia he was successful with both. He gave up playing at an early age, and was a great loss to the game; for he was one of the finest of our young players. His style of batting was free and correct, and he scored largely and rapidly against all the best bowlers of his time. He bowled medium-pace, round-arm, with a machine-like delivery, and had a fair break from the off.

His best years were:

BATTING.

Completed Innings. Runs. Most in an Innings. Average.
1881 25 799 113 31.24
1882 38 1249 126* 32.33
1883 29 1193 175* 41.4
1884 15 398 141* 26.8

BOWLING.

Completed Innings. Runs. Most in an Innings. Average.
1881 957 426 1284 79 16.20
1882 1564 768 2027 128 15.107
1883 1445 651 1957 112 17.53
1884 714 297 1120 54 20.40

George Tarrant was born at Cambridge, 7th December, 1838. His height was 5 ft. 7 in.; weight, 9 st. 7 lbs. He was not much of a batsman; but he was a very fast round-arm bowler, and, for so little a man, astonishingly strong. There was no measured, stately walk to the crease in his delivery. He was all over the place like a flash of lightning, never sparing himself, and frightening timid batsmen. He was the terror of twenty-twos when he played for the All--