Hornsey CC All-Time 2nd XI
In 2005, the Club also selected it’s all time 2nd XI (not players who’d played for the 2nd XI, but the second best XI of 1st XI players). Based on performance and longevity.
The all-time Hornsey CC 2nd XI is as follows:-
1. AR Day (1955-74)
2. FE Whitehead (1926-46)
3. AG Smith (1978-87)
4. GLB August (1936-1952)
5. KD James (1976-84)
6. FH Swinstead (1883-1913)
7. ML Laws † (1938-61)
8. BA Clarke (1883-1905)
9. CE Nash* (1962-2001)
10. FM Saunders (1940-68)
11. GJF Williams (1941-55)
AR Day: Right hand bat and occasional legspin bowler. One of the best batsmen ever to play for Hornsey. Scored runs against the best attacks. He scored 24 centuries for Hornsey. Part of the formidable batting side of the 1960s along with the Pearman brothers. Business commitments meant he did not play as regularly as he would have liked. Played for The Club Cricket Conference and the MCC regularly (one of his matches for the MCC was accorded first class status). He also played for Hertfordshire (1962-75) and Berkshire (1977-80). Scored 79 against the Pakistan touring team of 1962 for the CCC.
FE Whitehead: Francis Ernest Whitehead joined the Club from Highgate CC in 1926, who he had played for since prior to the First World War. Took over from Bertie Wenyon as the Club’s main run getter in the late 1920s and 1930s. Born on 25thSeptember 1893, he died on 17th March 1956. He scored 16 centuries for the Club. Scored 10,257 runs for the Club, although the late 30s and War years are those for which details are sketchy and in the second World War he carried the bowling attack even as he approached 50 years of age.
AG Smith: Right hand bat and specialist slip fielder. Backbone of the Hornsey CC batting in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was the leading batsman in the league winning side of 1981. Contracted to Middlesex CCC for a number of years but did not play a 1st team game. Played for North Mymms for many years after leaving Hornsey.
GLB August: Right hand bat. He played mainly in an era when records/averages were not consistently recorded, so his Hornsey record is probably better than the available statistics reveal. He was a very fine batsmen who captained the Club just after World War II and was instrumental in making Hornsey a major force in London cricket on resumption of cricket at Hornsey after hostilities ceased. Regarded as a very good captain, and a particularly good player of fast bowling. He scored 1,000 runs in a season twice and scored at least 6,600 runs for the Club, including 11 centuries.
KD James: Left hand bat and left arm fast medium bowler. Key member of the 1981 league winning side. An excellent servant of Hornsey CC while trying to make his way as a professional cricketer. Leading run scorer and wicket taker for the Club in 1982, the first time someone had done that since before the Second World War, and which was not done again until 2014. Kevan James was an archetypal county journeyman who forged a successful career with Hampshire after leaving Middlesex where his opportunities were limited. A capable middle-order batsman and left-arm seamer, he was not good enough to press for international recognition despite solid performances throughout the 1990s. As a teenager he toured Australia and West Indies with Young England, and in later years spent his winters in New Zealand playing first-class cricket for Wellington. His day in the sun came against the Indians in 1996 when he took four wickets in four balls, and then cracked a hundred for good measure. He was a member of Hampshire's NatWest Trophy-winning side of 1991, and then the Benson & Hedges Cup-winning team the following season
FH Swinstead: Right hand bat and right arm fast medium bowler. He made his Hornsey debut 9th September 1883 vs. His final game was 5TH July 1913 vs. Nondescipts. Highest score 132* vs Finchley. Took 9 wickets vs Uxbridge in 1896. Brother of George Swinstead who played for Hornsey from 1884 to 1902. The Swinstead family founded and owned the Hornsey College of Arts and Crafts on Crouch Hill in 1882. This building is still in existence at the top of Crouch Hill . The college was set up by Charles Swinstead, his father and Frank became headmaster in 1890 and remained in this post until 1927.
ML Laws: Right hand bat and wicketkeeper. Highgate School graduate who played for Hornsey before the First World war as a very young man. A solicitor who emigrated to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) after the 1951 season. In 1961/62 a Commonwealth XI under Richie Benaud’s captaincy toured Kenya, South Africa, Rhodesia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Hong Kong & India. In a minor match in Rhodesia, Laws played for the tourists as a guest and scored 52*. Highest score for Hornsey was 104 vs St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
BA Clarke: Right hand bat and right arm fast medium bowler. The first man to take 1,000 wickets for Hornsey, Ben Clarke was also a useful batsman. He took 10 wickets in an innings, in a 12 a side game in 1897 against Dulwich. Frequently took wickets against Hornsey’s strongest opponents. He took five wickets in an innings on 65 occasions. His brother SL Clarke played for the Club for 50 seasons and performed the double. Took over 100 wickets in the 1893 season.
CE Nash: Leading wicket taker in the history of Hornsey CC, with 1,566 wickets. Could bowl left arm medium pace, or slow left arm, with equal effectiveness. Formed a devastating spin partnership with Don Nute. Spent over 20 years as Club President. A member of the MCC for many years, which is not noteworthy in itself, but a little know fact is that he took a 10-for while attempting to qualify. Was a useful batsman in his early career, scoring 118* against OMTs in 1962.
FM Saunders: Formed a formidable attack with Geoff Williams just after the Second World War, probably the best in London club cricket. Recruited from Highgate CC during the war (he was captain there in 1940 and 1941), he bowled exclusively up the hill from the old scoreboard end. Medium-fast as opposed to out and out fast, he was outstandingly accurate. Took 1,068 wickets for the Club, and in fact probably more as some records are incomplete in the war years. His son David Saunders has been voted on to Hornsey CC’s all time 1st XI.
GJF Williams: Bowled fast medium in-swing off the wrong foot, taking 770 wickets for the Club, bowling from the pavilion end. He possessed also a huge breaking leg-cutter which often missed everything by a large margin. Formed a formidable opening attack with Mel Saunders. He was also a good enough batsman to score two centuries for the Club. He took 138 wickets in 1952, including 5 wickets in an innings fourteen times, which is almost certainly a season’s record.