Born On This Day: 7th January

A new series from Hampshire Cricket historian Dave Allen marks the birthdays of notable and fondly remembered Hampshire cricketers

Charles Richards Gunner was born in Bishops Waltham in 1853. He was an amateur who played just once for Hampshire, v Derbyshire at Derby in 1878, but in a match truncated by rain, held one catch but neither batted nor bowled.

He was therefore the first of three men to have such a record for the county – the others are OW Cornwallis & FJ Hyland.

Some years later CR played for Swanmore Park (v Hambledon), the Gentlemen of Hampshire, and in non-first-class games for Hampshire – from which it appears he was a lower-order batsman who did not bowl.

He did however represent England at Rugby Union, while his son, John Hugh played in six matches for Hampshire in 1906 & 1907. He was the third and last brother to die on active service in the war (Belgium, 1918). The father, CR, died in Bishops Waltham in 1934.


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