Dave Gregory (cricketer)

Dave Gregory (Cricketer)

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David William Gregory (15 April 1845 – 4 August 1919) was an Australian cricketer of the 19th century. A right-handed batsman, Gregory was his nation's first cricket captain, leading the side for the first three recognised Test matches between England and Australia in March and April 1877 and January 1879. Gregory was also the captain of the New South Wales team, notably during the Sydney Riot of 1879 when he rebelled against an unpopular decision by Victoria umpire George Coulthard during a game against the touring English team.

Gregory was part of a large cricketing family, with three of his brothers and three of his nephews also representing New South Wales at first-class level. He was also to father 16 children himself. After retiring from playing in 1883, Gregory was made honorary secretary of the New South Wales Cricket Association. A man of striking appearance, he "looked like an Old Testament prophet not long out of training college."

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Gregory was born in 1845, at Fairy Meadow in New South Wales. His family came to include six other first-class cricketers: his brothers Ned, Charles and Arthur, and his nephews Syd, Charles William and Jack who lived nearby during his early life. (Ned would additionally become a curator of the Sydney Cricket Ground.)Clowes, p....
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