His club cricket was for Sale.
His first match for the Gentlemen of Lancashire was on 12th and 13th July 1869, at Warwick, against the Gentlemen of Warwickshire, when he scored 3 and 11. In the same fixture the following year he made a pair, and in 1871 28 in his only innings. On 22nd and 23rd July 1872, at Olfd Trafford, against the Free Foresters he made a duck.
On 27th and 28th June 1873 he opened the innings for the Gentlemen of Lancashire against the Gentlemen of Cheshire, at Old Trafford, scoring only 1. Nevertheless, on 21st and 22nd July he played for Lancashire against Derbyshire at Derby, batting at second wicket down, and scoring 5 in his only innings. His second and final match for the county was at Old Trafford, on 5th and 6th June the following year, against Derbyshire, when he made 6 and 24 not out.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living at Langham Road, Bowden, Cheshire, aged 38 a merchant, born at Old Trafford, with his wife Sarah, aged 32, two daughters, Mary B. aged 5 and Amelia aged six months, and his son George B. aged 3. The two eldest children were born at Cheetham Hill, Manchester. They have two domestic servants.
(Article: Copyright © 2004 Don Ambrose)
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