Hornsey CC All-Time 1st XI
In 2005 Hornsey selected an all-time Club 1st XI based on a combination of performances on the field and longevity at the Club
The all-time Hornsey CC 1st XI is as follows:-
1. GH Swinstead (1884-1902)
2. HJ Wenyon * (1911-37)
3. RS Cooper (1946-53)
4. R Pearman (1958-74)
5. H Pearman (1961-80)
6. GW Hammond (1906-37)
7. DS Nute (1967-85)
8. LH Bacmeister (1885-1904)
9. CT Waite (1975-2005)
10. DMJ Saunders (1955-68)
11. DA Hollinrake † (1959-72)
GH Swinstead: Left hand bat and right arm medium/fast bowler. Older brother of FH Swinstead, another Hornsey CC stalwart. George Swinstead scored 8,402 runs for the Club and took 814 wickets at remarkably low cost. His batting average of 28.48 was very high for the era in which he played. Scored 15 centuries for the Club and also took nine wickets in an innings, vs London Ramblers, 20th May 1893. The Hornsey history, written in 1970 noted “A terrific hitter, some of his sixes being described as immense. Against St Bart’s Hospital once, he hit sixes off two of the last three balls to win the match when 12 were needed for victory – rules at the time meant a ball had to be hit out of the ground to score six”. Of the 20 top scores for the Club, he has three of them. He was the first Hornsey player to take 100 wickets in a season in 1892. He is the only player to score a century and take 5 wickets in an innings in the same match three times. His career statistics are more remarkable when you consider that no cricket was played on Sundays in the era that he played and in most seasons he finished playing at the end of July – he generally took the month of August as a holiday and moved out of London.
He joined Hampstead CC later in life after he left Hornsey. He was also a world renowned artist. His father founded the Hornsey School of Art, the building for which still exists, now as part of Coleridge School, at the top of Crouch End Hill. In 1881 he entered the Royal Academy School and a year later he held his first exhibition there. Although for many years his principal work consisted of portraits and genre, he also devoted much time to the coastal scenes on which his exhibitions concentrated in later years. Swinstead was a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours, and the Painter Stainer's Company. He also found the time to a book, entitled “My Old World Garden and How I Made It In A London Suburb”. Swinstead died in 1926.
HJ Wenyon: Right hand bat and legspin bowler, and exceptional fielder at cover point. Bertie Wenyon’s Hornsey career was interrupted by the First World War. He was a highly influential member of the Club for many years. He was instrumental in the resumption of cricket at Hornsey after World War 1, which ceased after a match against Highgate on 22nd August 1914 and did not resume until almost 5 years later. During that time, the ground was made available to the War Office for their use. The Hornsey history written in 1970 notes “An autocrat, Herbert John Wenyon was revered and respected (and sometimes bitterly fought) by his colleagues at Hornsey. With his military moustache and large baggy cap, he was a distinctive figure on the Hornsey ground for two decades”. He scored 12,768 runs for the Club and took 677 wickets. In 1921, he came very close to attaining the season’s double (1,000 runs and 100 wickets), a feat which has never been achieved. His highest score was 206 vs Upper Clapton in 1923. And his best bowling was 9-46 vs Berkhamstead in 1931. His score of 178 against the MCC in 1921 is the Club’s highest score in that fixture. He scored 20 centuries for Hornsey. He played eleven matches for Middlesex between 1921 and 1923. He was also instrumental in the Club purchasing and thus now owning the ground, acquired from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in the late 1920s for £4,000.
In the War, he attained rank of Lt Colonel, won the DSO and Bar, L’Ordre de la Couronne and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. He was also a published author, writing a book entitled “History of the Eighth Battalion Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1914-19”. His own bravery and military acumen is highly praised in the Regiment’s account of their own efforts in the war, particularly the German counterattack at Inverness Copse on September 8th, 1917. He also fought at the Somme in 1916.
Became President of Hornsey, and died aged 56 in 1944.
RS Cooper: Right hand bat and right arm slow bowler, bowling off cutters/off spinners. Rusi Cooper played first class cricket in India before he came to the UK. He came from Bombay, where he played against Denis Compton during the Second World War. Compton recommended him to Lord’s and Middlesex and they in turn introduced him to Hornsey. His debut was on 5th May 1946 vs The Stage, scoring 64. He also played for London Universities, the Club Cricket Conference (capped in 1946) and Indian Gymkhana. He was rumoured to be very close to selection to the 1953 Indian team to tour England. He qualified as a Barrister in the UK and returned to India after the 1953 season.
Considered to be one of the best, if not the best, Hornsey batsman of all time. His only rival is Roger Pearman. His highest score was 135* vs Richmond, 1950. He also was involved in a partnership of 231* vs OMT with GLB August, 3rd August 1946. He averages an unbelievable 85.25 for Hornsey, scoring over 8,500 runs. He scored 19 centuries for Hornsey (and remained not out in 17 of these innings). He frequently brought up is hundred and won the match in the same over and often with the same stroke, showing a complete mastery over timing a run chase. In July 1950, he had 8 innings in the month, of which 6 were not out, scoring 624 runs at an average of 312.00. He averaged 139.62 in the 1953 season, the highest average (by some margin) of any 1,000 run season in the Club’s history. A knee injury curtailed his career when he was back in India, and the Club re-established contact with him in 2008.
R Pearman: Right hand batsman. Roger Pearman made his debut 27th September 1958, vs Dulwich. The highest runscorer in the history of Hornsey CC who along with RS Cooper holds most of the Club’s batting records. He scored 20,254 runs and scored 34 centuries for the Club, scoring seven in a season twice in 1962 and 1966. He was recognised in the 1960s as one of the best, if not the best, batsman in London club cricket. Also holds the record for the most catches by a Hornsey fielder, including an extraordinary 50 in one season, the majority at slip. In one season he scored 1.994 runs, another record. He vies with Rusi Cooper for the title of Hornsey’s best ever batsman. At one time, he was Chief Executive of Derbyshire CCC. Died in 2009.
The following appreciation was written by Tony Dey, the eminent Hornsey CC historian:-
“From 1958 to 1974, he made 20,254 runs with 34 centuries. This fantastic record speaks for itself. A right hander, his sense of timing is so good that he is able to play the ball away to either side of the pitch with facile ease. All bowling comes alike. His wide range of stroke play has been a joy to watch. Whether driving, hooking, cutting or glancing, his feet have remained perfectly positioned and the ball has sped away. He is a first rate runner between the wickets. He made his debut for Middlesex in 1962 at Newport and did sufficiently well to head the Middlesex averages. His best performances, however, have been for Hornsey. In every season from 1960 to 1971 inclusive he scored over 1,000 runs, failing by only six runs on one occasion to reach 2,000. From 1966-71 he was captain. A brilliant fielder, especially good in the slips, he was a more than useful change bowler. The highest of his centuries was 165* vs Beckenham. His records may well stand for all time.”
Played first class cricket for Middlesex between 1962 and 1964.
H Pearman: Right hand bat and slow left arm bowler. With his brother Roger Pearman, Hugh was the backbone of the Club’s batting line up in the 1960s and then in the 1970s he was the Club’s leading batsman. He retired as the second highest runscorer in the history of Hornsey CC, with 16,111, behind his brother Roger. He also took over 500 wickets. He was a talented allround sportsman and in particular he was a very good hockey player. Holds jointly with Roger the record for most centuries in a season, with seven in 1972, when he scored 1,646 runs. Scored 26 centuries in all for Hornsey. He was a schoolmaster at Haberdashers.
Played first class cricket for Oxford University and Middlesex between 1969 and 1972.
GW Hammond: Right hand batsman and right arm medium fast bowler. He almost certainly performed the Double for Hornsey (10,000 career runs and 1,000 career wickets). He joined Hornsey from Arkley CC in 1906, and was the mainstay of the Club until his retirement in 1937. He played for Middlesex 2nd XI before the First World War. He bowled brisk medium pace, and batted in the middle-order. He captained the 1st XI for many years, right up until his retirement. In his Club cricket career it is estimated he hit over 30,000 runs (with over 50 centuries) and took over 3,000 wickets. Once scored centuries on three successive Saturdays with two first ball ducks interspersed in midweek matches! Leading runscorer in nine seasons and leading wicket taker in 14 seasons (including his first 13 seasons with the Club). Took nine wickets in an innings twice, one of only two men to do so (David Saunders being the other), and took eight wickets in an innings a further three times. Took five wickets in an innings on a Club record 77 occasions.
He was instrumental in introducing Sir Pelham Warner to the Club, and he later became Club President. He was also director of the Cricketer magazine. He died in 1943
DS Nute: A left handed bat and slow left arm orthodox bowler. One of only three Hornsey cricketers to have done the double of 10,000 runs and 1,000 wickets, The vast majority of his runs and wickets were in 1st XI games. This is even more remarkable when you consider that he was in his late 30s when he joined Hornsey in 1967. He had played for Middlesex 2ndXI in 1955. Took the only 10-for in Hornsey’s history, vs Northwood on 2nd July 1967 (10.4-6-10-10). In this innings it is also interesting to note he was hit for six. His figures just after being hit for six were 3.5-0-8-3. A notoriously prickly character and poor field, he had regular runs-ins with the Club and it’s captains and committee. He was groundsman at Hornsey for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After leaving Hornsey he continued to play, for Old Minchendinians and latterly Cockfosters. He died in November 2005.
LH Bacmeister: Right hand bat and right arm fast medium bowler. Dismissed WG Grace twice in the match Middlesex v Gloucestershire on 3-4 June 1889. Also played a lot of club cricket for Finchley in the latter part of the 19th century. Mad his Hornsey debut as a 15 year old. He missed the latter part of the 1890 season, and the entire 1891 season, through illness, due to “asthma and congestion of the lungs”. Hat-trick vs Southgate 1888. Highest score 132 vs Dulwich 1892 and also scored 106 vs Trafalgar in 1889. Three days later in 1889 he took 8 wickets in an innings against Upper Clapton, who were bowled out for 75. Hornsey scored only 23 in reply, so Upper Clapton batted again, scoring 92 and Bacmeister took a further 7 wickets, thus taking 15 wickets in the match, a Hornsey record. It was only until well past the Second World War when matches were concluded early. Up until then, the match continued until the scheduled close of play. A side batting second would continue its innings even having overtaken the first innings score, and second innings were regularly commenced. Bacmeister was awarded life membership of the Club in 1898, consequent to his resignation due to continued ill health (although he died in 1962 aged 92). Played only very occasionally post 1897
CT Waite: A feisty right arm fast bowler who took close to 1,246 wickets for Hornsey and appealed for at least 1,250 more. He probably lost at least 100 wickets to no-balls. Took 9-71 vs Enfield in 1979, one of only two times a bowler has taken nine wickets in a 1st XI league match. A fast bowler recruited from Northampton Exiles, he was the opening bowler and leading wicket taker in the 1981 league winning campaign. As Club Chairman and latterly President, he was instrumental in keeping the Club solvent and operational for most of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
DMJ Saunders: Slow left arm bowler who was son of another Hornsey legend, opening bowler Mel Saunders. He took 531 wickets for the Club, including 9 wickets in an innings twice. He had a devastating quicker arm ball with which he took may wickets. Took 150 wickets in 1964, a Club record. In 1961 he took 95 wickets by 25 July, before a broken finger ended his season. He rarely batted higher than 10. Now living in the USA. He played for Middlesex 2nd XI occasionally in the early 1960s.
DA Hollinrake: Regarded by all who played with him as the best keeper they have ever played with. He holds the Club record for most ever dismissals by a wicketkeeper (623), most ever stumpings (233), plus also seasons records for dismissals (59 in 1962) and stumpings (29 in 1969). According to the Hornsey history written in 1970, he was an excellent supporter of the “shout”.