Frederick Fane

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Frederick Fane
Frederick Fane 1912cr.jpg
Fane in 1912
Personal information
Born(1875-04-27)27 April 1875
Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland
Died27 November 1960(1960-11-27) (aged 85)
Kelvedon Hatch, Essex
BattingRight-handed batsman (RHB)
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Runs scored68218548
Batting average 26.2327.39
Top score143217
Balls bowled056
Wickets 02
Bowling average n/a24.50
5 wickets in innings 00
10 wickets in match00
Best bowlingn/a2/17
Catches/stumpings 6/0194/0
Source: ESPN Cricinfo

Frederick Luther Fane, MC (27 April 1875 – 27 November 1960) played cricket for the England cricket team in 14 Test matches. He also played for Essex, Oxford University and London County.


Fane was born at Curragh Camp in County Kildare, Ireland, where his father Frederick John Fane, an officer in the British Army, was stationed with the 61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot. [1] He was a great-grandson of John Fane, a politician, of the family of the Earls of Westmorland. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Magdalen College, Oxford. [2]

Fane captained the England cricket team on five occasions: three times when he took over from the injured Arthur Jones, and twice when he took over from H. D. G. Leveson Gower. He won two and lost three of these games.

He was the first Irish-born player to score a century in a Test match for England and remained the only one for over a hundred years, until Eoin Morgan repeated the feat against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in July 2010.

During the First World War Fane was commissioned in the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while commanding a patrol. Having obtained valuable information, he withdrew his men from a difficult position under heavy machine gun fire. He displayed the greatest coolness and determination." [3]

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  1. Hart, H.G. (1870). The new annual army list, militia list, and Indian civil service list for 1875. p. 307.
  2. "Frederick Fane". CricketArchive.
  3. "No. 30135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1917. p. 5989.