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J.W. 'Young Jack' Hearne


'Young Jack' Hearne, joined the groundstaff at Lord's in 1906 as a scorecard boy and he developed into a fine right-handed all-rounder. He represented Middlesex from 1909 to 1936 playing 647 first-class matches, accumulating 37,252 runs with 96 centuries and he recorded a top score of 285 n.o. versus Essex at the County Ground, Leyton in 1929. That innings was in fact the last of his eleven double centuries for the county. He took 1,839 wickets with a best performance of 9 for 61 and he held 348 catches. Playing 24 Tests for England between 1911/12 and 1926 he scored 806 runs with a top score of 114 versus Australia at Melbourne in 1911/12 and he took 30 wickets with a best return of 5 for 49 versus South Africa at Johannesburg in 1913/14. He accumulated 1,000 runs in a season nineteen times and he achieved the coveted double five times and but for the First World War he would have easily achieved a hundred first-class centuries. He later owned a sports shop and he died at West Drayton, Middlesex in 1965.