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Morice Bird

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Death: December 09, 1933 (45)
Immediate Family:

Son of George Bird and Edith Helen Carlos Bird
Husband of Mary Edith Hinds
Brother of Stella Marion Pattisson and Austin Carlos Bird

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About Morice Bird

Full name: Morice Carlos Bird

Born: 25th March 1888, St Michael's Hamlet, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Educated at Harrow, Served in 1st world war as 2nd Lt in 1st Royal Devon Yeomanry oct 1914

Died: 9th December 1933, Broadstone, Dorset, England

Batting: Right-hand batsman

Bowling: Right-arm medium pace

Relations: Brother: AC Bird; Father: G Bird; Nephew: AC Bird; Uncle: W Bird; Uncle: CFC Clarke

Teams: England (Test: 1909/10-1913/14); Lancashire (Main FC: 1907); Surrey (Main FC: 1909-1921); Marylebone Cricket Club (Main FC: 1908-1913/14); All teams

Surrey Cap: 1909

Surrey Club captain: 1911-1913

Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Articles: A profile of Morice Bird

Wisden obituary

Morice Carlos Bird, whose remarkable performance of scoring two separate hundreds in the Eton and Harrow match in 1907 remains unparalleled, died at Broadstone, Dorset, on December 9. Besides being famous at Harrow, whom he represented four times against Eton, he made a name as a batsman for Surrey and also played a good deal for M.C.C. Born at Liverpool on March 25, 1888, Mr. Bird was in the Harrow Eleven from 1904 to 1907, and was captain when he wound up his school career with his great achievement. Tall and of strong build he dwarfed the other players both in stature and skill. In Harrow's first innings he scored 100 not out in an hour and three-quarters; in the second, when fighting an uphill game, he hit up 131 in two hours and a quarter. Thanks to his fine hitting and his timely declaration, Harrow won at twenty minutes past seven by 79 runs.

The same year--1907--Mr. Bird appeared in a few games for his native county, Lancashire, but not until he played for Surrey two years afterwards, did he accomplish anything of note in county cricket. Then he was included in the M.C.C. side that toured South Africa in the winter of 1909-10, and also visited South Africa with the team of 1913-14, playing in ten Test Matches in that country. Succeeding Mr. H. D. G. Leveson Gower in 1911, Mr. Bird captained Surrey during the next two years and in 1910, 1911 and 1913 scored over a thousand runs. His best season was that of 1911, when he had an aggregate of 1,404 and an average of 30. A very fine forcing batsman, specially strong on the off side, both in driving and cutting, Morice Bird had a determined personality which often enabled him to show to most advantage on important occasions. His hitting against the Australian team of 1912 in two games at the Oval--he scored 76, 68 and 112 in dazzling fashion--is still talked about. A medium pace bowler, he took five wickets in the match with Eton which brought him such fame. In 1911, he had a record of forty-seven wickets for just over 20 runs apiece. He was also a capital field. After the War, he succeeded Mr. M. C. Kemp for two seasons as coach at Harrow and subsequently undertook similar duties at the Oval. He had been desperately ill for some years prior to his death.


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Test Career Batting and Fielding (1909/10-1913/14)

M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct 

England 10 16 1 280 61 18.66 0 2 5

Test Career Bowling (1909/10-1913/14)

Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ 

England 259 11 120 8 3-11 15.00 0 0 32.37 2.77

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First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (1907-1921)

M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct 

Overall 192 306 14 6938 200 23.76 7 34 111

First-Class Career Bowling (1907-1921)

Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ 

Overall 7216 228 3827 149 5-48 25.68 2 1 48.42 3.18

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Morice Bird's Timeline

1888
March 25, 1888
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1933
December 9, 1933
Age 45