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Bernard Bosanquet


Born at Bulls Cross, Enfield in 1877, Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet was a tall medium-pace right-arm leg-break bowler and a hard hitting batsman who invented the "googly". He represented Oxford University from 1898 to 1900 and Middlesex between 1989 and 1919 playing 123 first-class matches, he scored 11,696 runs with 21 centuries and he took 629 wickets. He achieved the coveted double in 1904 and became the first to complete a match double of a hundred in each innings and an aggregate of 10 wickets in the same match versus Sussex at Lord's in 1905. He hit 214 in 195 minutes while playing for the Rest of England versus Yorkshire at the Oval in 1908. Playing 7 Tests for England between 1903/04 and 1905 he took 25 wickets with a best performance of 8 for 107 versus Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in 1905. He toured abroad 3 times and while at University he gained half-blues at billiards and hammer throwing and was also a fine ice-hockey player. Father of the late Reginald Bosanquet of television news fame, he died at Ewhurst, Surrey in 1936.