The Hon. Charles Coventry

Country: England
Born: February 26, 1867, Marylebone, London
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Died: June 02, 1929, Earl’s Croome, Worcestershire, (aged 62y 96d)

The Hon. Charles Coventry Bio

Charles John Coventry was a prominent English cricket player who left a lasting impact on the sport during his career. Born as the second son of the Earl of Coventry, he hailed from a privileged background and went on to represent Worcestershire, a Minor County at the time.

Coventry’s cricketing journey began in 1888 when he received the honor of touring South Africa with Major Warton’s side. Although just making his first-class debut, he showcased promise and talent as a cricketer. In the first of the two tests played during the tour, Coventry batted at No.10 and contributed 12 runs. Similarly, in the second test, he found himself at the same batting position and played a diligent innings, remaining unbeaten on 1*.

Following his initial taste of international cricket, Coventry returned to South Africa in 1896. However, it was during this visit that an unfortunate incident occurred. Coventry became mistakenly presumed to have been killed during the Jameson Raid. Arrangements for a memorial service were already underway in England when the news arrived that he was indeed alive. The somber occasion was transformed into a joyous celebration as Coventry’s return was celebrated instead.

Despite narrowly escaping death during the Jameson Raid, Coventry found himself embroiled in its aftermath. As part of his involvement, he was sentenced to five months in prison. However, due to his deteriorating health, he was released after only 24 days. This incident marked a challenging period in his life and career, which he managed to overcome with resilience.

Not limited to his cricketing pursuits, Coventry had a decorated career in the military. He actively participated in the 1893 Matabeleland campaign and later joined his fellow countrymen in the First World War. During the war, he played a significant role in the Dardanelles campaign and eventually fell into enemy hands while serving in Palestine.

Apart from his contributions in cricket and military service, Coventry also had a notable involvement in the world of horse racing. For many years, he held the position of official starter to the prestigious Jockey Club. This role further displayed his versatility and deep-rooted connection with sports.

Throughout his life, Charles John Coventry demonstrated not only his sporting prowess but also his resilience in overcoming adversity. Whether it was on the cricket field, in the military, or the horse racing world, he left an indelible mark on each realm. Coventry’s legacy continues to inspire aspiring cricketers and sports enthusiasts around the world, reminding them of the power of perseverance and dedication.

The Hon. Charles Coventry Career Stats

The Hon. Charles Coventry Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 2 1 13 12 13 - - 0 0 2 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 2 2 1 13 12 13 - - 0 0 - - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The Hon. Charles Coventry Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 2 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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