Lord Hawke's XI cricket team in West Indies in 1896–97

Lord Hawke's XI Cricket Team In West Indies In 1896–97

Lord Hawke's XI cricket team in West Indies in 1896–97

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A team of Amateurs under the captaincy of Lord Hawke toured the West Indies in the 1896-97 season playing matches between January and April 1897. They played a total of 14 matches of which 7 are regarded as first class. They did not play in Jamaica.

Background

Lord Hawke had been invited to take the 1894-95 team to the West Indies but had had to withdraw, the team being captained instead by R. Slade Lucas. It was understood however that he would try to take a side out in 1896-97 and following an invitation he set about organising a tour. But his telegram accepting the invitation was never received and another group of tourists under A.A. Priestley having accepted an invitation from Jamaica were organising their own tour.

Lord Hawke met Priestley but the two could not come to a compromise and both decided to go independently. It would appear from the correspondence published that Lord Hawke treated Priestley in a rather high-handed manner.

Tour

A party of 12 was taken:



Berens, Bromley-Davenport, Dawson and Wakefield had been in the Lucas tour to the West Indies two year previously. Bromley-Davenport had played regularly for Middlesex in 1896 and also against South Africa in 1895-96 but the other 3 had not played first class cricket between the two...
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