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22 May 1859, Edinburgh M.D., Kt, KStJ, D.L., LL.D., Sportsman, Writer, Poet, Politician, Justicer, Spiritualist Crowborough, 7 July 1930

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Arthur Conan Doyle in cricket uniform during Incogniti vs Cheltenham (7 june 1901)

Arthur Conan Doyle started playing cricket at school (1873-1875) and continued to play until 1912, for more than 50 different teams, in first and second class, in hundred matches.

His batting style was "Right-hand bat" and his bowling style "Right-arm slow". He played hundreds of matches, but 10 first-class matches with 231 runs between 1900 and 1907.

He played with his old friend and secreatry Alfred H. Wood, with his brother-in-law Ernest W. Hornung and with other writers like J. M. Barrie (Allahakbarries), ...

Arthur Conan Doyle mentioned that the origin of the first name of "Sherlock Holmes" came from cricket : "Holmes was homely," he said, "and as for 'Sherlock' — well, years ago I made thirty runs against a bowler by the name of Sherlock, and I always had a kindly feeling for that name." [1]

Conan Doyle took a wicket to W. G. Grace (23 august 1900), one of the most famous cricketer of that time.

The famous Wisden Cricketers' Almanack published the following ACD obituary:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, MD (Edin), the well-known author, born at Edinburgh on May 22, 1859, died at Crowborough, Sussex, on July 7, aged 71. Although never a famous cricketer, he could hit hard and bowl slows with a puzzling flight. For MCC v Cambridgeshire at Lord's, in 1899, he took seven wickets for 61 runs, and on the same ground two years later carried out his bat for 32 against Leicestershire, who had Woodcock, Geeson and King to bowl for them. In the Times of October 27, 1915, he was the author of an article on The Greatest of Cricketers - An Appreciation of Dr Grace. It is said that Shacklock, the former Nottinghamshire player, inspired him with the Christian name of his famous character, Sherlock Holmes, and that of the latter's brother Mycroft was suggested by the Derbyshire cricketers.



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Lists of cricket matches played by Arthur Conan Doyle. ACD team first.

Date
(d/m/y)
Match ACD
score
ACD
wkts
Res. Loc.
02.06.1877 Edinburgh University v. Edinburgh Collegiate 60 0 Won Edinburgh
28.07.1877 2d Edinburgh University v. North British 4 4 Lost Edinburgh
jul/aug 1878 Ruyton v. ? [2] 11 7
10.05.1879 Edinburgh University 2d XI v. Carlton 2d XI 6 Won Edinburgh
01.07.1881 Lismore v. 25th Regiment [3] 3 2 Lost
08.07.1881 Lismore v. Cahir [4] 9 0 Lost
—.04.1884 Portsmouth XI v. Royal Engineers [5] 27
19.04.1884 Portsmouth Borough v. United Services 11 0 Won Portsmouth
10.05.1884 Portsmouth Borough v. Southsea Rivals 14 0 Won Portsmouth
15.05.1884 Portsmouth v. Ordnance Survey 15 0 Lost Southampton
21.05.1884 Portsmouth v. Royal Artillery 29 0 Won Portsmouth
10.06.1884 Portsmouth C.C. v. 37th Hampshire Regiment 44 1 Won Portsmouth
28.07.1884 Portsmouth C.C. v. Royal Artillery 12 0 Won Portsmouth
20.08.1884 South Hants Club v. United Service 33 0 Won Portsmouth
25.04.1885 Portsmouth C.C. v. H.M.S. Marlborough C.C. 21 0 Won Portsmouth
09.05.1885 Portsmouth C.C. v. Southsea Rivals C.C. 3 0 Lost Portsmouth
01.07.1885 Portsmouth C.C. v. United Service C.C. 35 0 Won Portsmouth
18.07.1885 Theatre Royal v. Fun on the Bristol 65 1 Won Portsmouth
03.08.1885 Stonyhurst Wanderers v. Stonyhurst College 8 0 Won Hurst Green
10-11.08.1885 Stonyhurst Wanderers v. Phoenix Club 15 0 Won Dublin
12-13.08.1885 Stonyhurst Wanderers v. Dublin Univ. Long Vacation Club 24 0 Won Dublin
14-15.08.1885 Stonyhurst Wanderers v. Leinster Club 10 0 Won Dublin
17.05.1886 Portsmouth C.C. v. United Service C.C. 8 1 Lost Portsmouth
26.05.1886 Majilton's Gay City Company v. United Service C.C. 8 0 Won Portsmouth
29.05.1886 Portsmouth C.C. v. Trojans C.C. 41 0 Won Portsmouth
05.06.1886 Portsmouth C.C. v. Britannia C.C. 42 1 Won Portsmouth
10.07.1886 Portsmouth v. Royal Artillery (Hilsea) 6 3 Won Portsmouth
29.07.1886 Portsmouth C.C. v. Royal Artillery (Northern Division) 3 2 Won Portsmouth
02.08.1886 Havant v. Hayling 52 4 Won Havant
04.08.1886 South Hampshire Rovers v. Brixton Wanderers 6 0 Lost Portsmouth
25.08.1886 Portsmouth Borough v. Royal Sussex Regiment 31 5 Won Portsmouth
26.08.1886 Portsmouth v. Fareham 12 5 Won Fareham
28.08.1886 Portsmouth C.C. v. United Service (Men's) Club 0 0 Draw Portsmouth
08.09.1886 Portsmouth C.C. v. Sarisbury C.C. 47 0 Draw Portsmouth
25.05.1887 Portsmouth v. Fareham 2 2 Tie Fareham
13.07.1887 Fareham v. Ockley 2 1 Lost Fareham
24.05.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. Royal Artillery (Hilsea) 21 1 Won Portsmouth
27.05.1888 Portsmouth v. Royal Artillery (Gosport) 5 0 Lost Portsmouth
06.06.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. United Services 3 0 Lost Portsmouth
16.06.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. Royal Engineers 49 2 Won Portsmouth
26.06.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. Fareham [6] 0 0 Won Portsmouth
28.06.1888 Portsmouth v. Ryde 37 0 Lost Ryde
06.07.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. Southsea Rovers 49 0 Won Portsmouth
14.07.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. South Lancashire Regiment 19 0 Won Portsmouth
19.07.1888 Portsmouth v. Fareham 7 0 Draw Fareham
24.07.1888 Portsmouth v. Ordnance Survey 41 0 Won Southampton
04.08.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. Royal Engineers 29 7 Lost Portsmouth
09.08.1888 South Hants Rovers v. Ye Olde Carawan 0 0 Draw Adhurst St Mary
25.08.1888 Portsmouth C.C. v. South Lancashire Regiment 17 8 Won Portsmouth
30.08.1888 Portsmouth v. Southampton 4 0 Won Portsmouth
01.09.1888 Portsmouth v. Dorset Regiment 20 0 Lost Portsmouth
13.09.1888 "In The Ranks" Dramatic Company v. Border Regiment 82 1 Won Portsmouth
14-15.09.1888 Portsmouth v. Winchester C.C. 45 2 Lost Southampton
27.04.1889 Portsmouth C.C. v. South Lancashire Regiment 6 0 Lost Portsmouth
03.05.1889 Southsea Rovers v. United Services 6 3 Lost Portsmouth
11.05.1889 Portsmouth C.C. v. Southern Division R.A. 111 0 Won Portsmouth
15.05.1889 Portsmouth C.C. v. United Services 0 2 Lost Portsmouth
24-25.05.1889 South Hampshire Rovers v. United Services 53 0 Draw Portsmouth
29.05.1889 Portsmouth v. Fareham 45 2 Lost Fareham
01.06.1889 South Hampshire Rovers v. Royal Navy 61 3 Won Portsmouth
03-04.06.1889 Corinthians v. United Services 15 7 Won Portsmouth
14.06.1889 Portsmouth v. Southampton 40 0 Draw Portsmouth
18.06.1889 South Hampshire Rovers v. Hampshire Hogs 5 2 Draw Southampton
19.06.1889 Portsmouth v. Havant 0 1 Lost Havant
22.06.1889 Portsmouth C.C. v. Southern Division R.A. 14 3 Won Portsmouth
27.06.1889 Southsea Rovers v. Royal Marine Artillery 26 0 Draw Portsmouth
29.06.1889 Portsmouth C.C. v. Dorset Regiment 4 6 Won Portsmouth
04.07.1889 Portsmouth v. Southampton 0 6 Lost Southampton
09-10.07.1889 Corinthians v. United Services 34 1 Draw Portsmouth
03.07.1889 South Hampshire Rovers v. United Services 5 0 Draw Portsmouth
24.07.1889 Portsmouth C.C. v. Havant C.C. 20 0 Won Portsmouth
27.07.1889 South Hampshire Rovers v. Portsmouth Grammar School 10 1 Won Portsmouth
06.08.1889 Portsmouth C.C. v. Ryde C.C. 10 1 Lost Ryde
21.05.1890 Hampshire Rovers v. Fareham 20 7 Lost Portsmouth
30-31.05.1890 Hampshire Rovers v. United Services 22 6 Draw Portsmouth
16-17.06.1890 Hampshire Rovers v. 40th (South Lancashire) Regiment 48 5 Won Jersey
18.06.1890 Hampshire Rovers v. Victoria College 28 4 Draw Jersey
19.06.1890 Hampshire Rovers v. The Island of Jersey 6 0 Draw Jersey
24.06.1890 Portsmouth C.C. v. Southsea Rovers 22 2 Lost Portsmouth
02-03.07.1890 Portsmouth v. United Services 48 10 Won Portsmouth
11-12.07.1890 Hampshire Rovers v. United Services 14 4 Lost Portsmouth
16-17.07.1890 United Services v. Incogniti 0 1 Draw Portsmouth
18-19.07.1890 Hampshire Rovers v. Green Jackets 3 0 Draw Winchester
20-21.08.1890 United Services v. Free Foresters 5 4 Lost Portsmouth
22-23.08.1890 United Services v. Crystal Palace 25 2 Draw Portsmouth
25-26.08.1890 United Services v. M.C.C. 20 0 Draw Portsmouth
28-29.08.1890 Hants County XI v. Nineteen Young Players 6 0 Won Winchester
09.09.1890 United Services v. South Hants 18 1 Lost Portsmouth
15.09.1890 Portsmouth v. Winchester 7 4 Lost Southampton
30.06.1891 Norwood v. Addiscombe 21 0 Won South Norwood
01.07.1891 Norwood Club v. Surrey Club and Ground 0 0 Lost South Norwood
03.07.1891 Norwood v. Willesden 0 0 Won South Norwood
04.07.1891 Norwood v. Oakleigh Wanderers 15 1 Won South Norwood
11.07.1891 Norwood v. Norbury Park II 32 5 Won South Norwood
15.07.1891 Norwood v. Erratics 27 2 Won South Norwood
18.07.1891 Norwood v. Hornsey 2 0 Lost South Norwood
22.07.1891 Norwood v. Northbrook 2 0 Draw South Norwood
01.08.1891 Norwood v. Granville 2 0 Lost Lee
03.08.1891 Norwood v. Willesden 6 3 Draw Willesden
08.08.1891 Norwood v. Addiscombe 0 0 Draw Croydon
12.08.1891 Norwood v. Windsor Home Park 18 0 Won Windsor
02.09.1891 Norwood v. East Dulwich 33 1 Draw South Norwood
10.09.1891 Thorpe Asylum v. Lowestoft 51 Won Norwich
12.09.1891 Thorpe Asylum v. 8th Hussars 92 Won Norwich
15.09.1891 Thorpe Asylum v. Lowestoft 6 Lost Norwich
14.05.1892 Norwood v. Croydon 0 5 Won South Norwood
20-21.05.1892 Hampshire Rovers v. United Services 1 2 Won Portsmouth
25.05.1892 Croydon Amateurs v. Mr. Jesse Jones' Team 3 0 Lost Croydon
28.05.1892 Norwood v. Dulwich 14 1 Draw South Norwood
02.06.1892 Norwood v. Windsor Home Park 24 0 Draw Windsor
06.06.1892 Norwood v. Forest Hill 48 3 Won South Norwood
11.06.1892 Norwood v. Plaistow 11 0 Draw South Norwood
18.06.1892 Norwood v. Norbury Park 3 3 Won Norbury
21.06.1892 Emeriti v. Beaumont College 3 4 Won Old Windsor
22.06.1892 Norwood v. Croydon 16 1 Won Croydon
25.06.1892 Norwood v. Grecians 79 0 Won South Norwood
27.06.1892 Emeriti v. Hampstead 15 0 Draw Hampstead
29.06.1892 Norwood v. Addiscombe 18 0 Won Croydon
02.07.1892 Norwood v. Oxted 21 5 Won Oxted
04.07.1892 Norwood v. Erratics 44 1 Draw South Norwood
05.07.1892 Norwood v. Epsom 0 0 Draw South Norwood
06.07.1892 Norwood v. Willesden 19 4 Won South Norwood
07.07.1892 Norwood v. M.C.C. & Ground 5 0 Draw South Norwood
08.07.1892 Norwood v. Mr. S. Ellis's XI 0 2 Draw South Norwood
11.07.1892 Norwood 2nd XI v. Norbury Park 2nd XI [7] 32 5 Won South Norwood
20.07.1892 Norwood v. Sutton 4 5 Won Sutton
30.07.1892 Norwood v. Norbury Park 9 0 Won South Norwood
01.08.1892 Norwood v. South Croydon 0 7 Won South Norwood
06.08.1892 Norwood v. Dulwich 104 0 Won Dulwich
10.08.1892 Norwood v. The Roving Friars 26 2 Won South Norwood
13.08.1892 Norwood v. Epsom 40 0 Draw Epsom
17.08.1892 Norwood v. Addiscombe 29 5 Won South Norwood
03.09.1892 Norwood v. Granville 10 0 Draw South Norwood
06.09.1892 Norwood v. The Idlers 17 3 Draw South Norwood
22.05.1893 Norwood v. Chislehurst 10 0 Won South Norwood
03.06.1893 Norwood I. v. Dulwich I. 0 0 Won South Norwood
14.06.1893 Norwood v. The Roving Friars 24 0 Draw South Norwood
17.06.1893 Norwood I. v. Forest Hill I. 8 0 Won South Norwood
24.06.1893 Norwood v. London & Westminster Bank 3 0 Draw South Norwood
28.06.1893 Norwood v. Epsom 38 0 Lost South Norwood
03.07.1893 Norwood v. Croydon 0 0 Draw South Norwood
04.07.1893 Norwood v. Brixton Wanderers 16 0 Won South Norwood
08.07.1893 Norwood v. Forest Hill 37 0 Won South Norwood
15.07.1893 Norwood II. v. Addiscombe II. 23 3 Won South Norwood
22.07.1893 Norwood II. v. Grecians II. 28 5 Won South Norwood
27.07.1893 Dr. Thomson's XI v. Dr Law's XI 12 Won Norwich
29.07.1893 Thorpe Asylum v. Norwich Garrison 18 Won Norwich
09.09.1893 Norwood v. Kenley 0 0 Draw South Norwood
14.05.1894 Norwood v. London & Westminster Bank 0 0 Won South Norwood
26.05.1894 Norwood II. v. Northbrook II. 26 1 Draw South Norwood
16.06.1894 Norwood v. Caterham 0 0 Won South Norwood
23.06.1894 Norwood v. Spencer 16 0 Lost South Norwood
30.06.1894 Norwood II. v. Alleyn 25 1 Draw South Norwood
02.07.1894 Norwood v. Croydon 40 0 Won South Norwood
03.07.1894 Norwood v. Crystal Palace 0 5 Lost South Norwood
04.07.1894 Norwood v. Mitcham 5 2 Lost South Norwood
05.07.1894 Norwood v. M.C.C. & Ground 4 1 Lost South Norwood
06.07.1894 Norwood v. Burlington Wanderers 100 0 Draw South Norwood
07.07.1894 Norwood v. Addiscombe 6 0 Won South Norwood
11.07.1894 Norwood v. Epsom 7 3 Draw Epsom
14.07.1894 Norwood I. v. Addiscombe I. 35 3 Draw Croydon
28.07.1894 Norwood II. v. Granville II. 38 0 Draw Lee
02.08.1894 Norwood v. Croydon 45 0 Draw Croydon
04.08.1894 Norwood I. v. Forest Hill I. 3 0 Draw South Norwood
06.08.1894 Norwood v. The Gentlemen of Holland 64 0 Draw South Norwood
11.08.1894 Norwood II. v. Spencer II. 0 3 Draw South Norwood
18.08.1894 Norwood v. Northbrook 35 6 Won South Norwood
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  1. Sherlock Holmes's Genesis Explained, The New York Herald, 2 october 1921, p. 25.
  2. A Life in Letter (HarperPress, 2007, p. 109).
  3. The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes (Free Press, 2007, p. 79).
  4. The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes (Free Press, 2007, p. 79).
  5. A Life in Letter (HarperPress, 2007, p. 229).
  6. cricketarchive.com misc159686.
  7. cricketarchive.com misc835179.

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