John King (cricketer, born 1871)

John Herbert King (16 April 1871 – 18 November 1946) was a cricketer who played first-class cricket for Leicestershire County Cricket Club between 1895 and 1925. He also played one Test match for the England cricket team, which was against Australia at Lord's in 1909. He did the double, of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets, in 1912 and 11 years later, when he was 52 years old, scored his second double century.

John King
King in about 1905
Personal information
Born16 April 1871
Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England
Died18 November 1946 (aged 75)
Denbigh, Wales
BowlingLeft-arm medium
International information
National side
Only Test14 June 1909 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 1 552
Runs scored 64 25,122
Batting average 32.00 27.33
100s/50s 0/1 34/130
Top score 60 227*
Balls bowled 162 70,187
Wickets 1 1,204
Bowling average 99.00 25.17
5 wickets in innings 0 69
10 wickets in match 0 11
Best bowling 1/99 8/17
Catches/stumpings 0/0 340/0
Source: CricInfo, 17 September 2019

After retiring as a cricketer, aged 52, he continued his involvement in the game as an umpire for another 11 years.

He had two benefits at Leicestershire: the first in 1910, the second in 1923.

King is the last batsman to have been given out Hit the ball twice in a first-class game in England, when in the match against Surrey at the Oval in 1906 King stopped the ball from running onto his stumps by hitting it a second time, and then attempted to run a single.


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