Arthur Carr The Rise & Fall of Nottinghamshires Bodyline Captain by Peter WynneThomasA new biography of one of Sherborne’s finest cricketers, A.W. Carr, is now available from Chequered Flag Publishing

In Arthur Carr: The Rise and Fall of Nottinghamshire’s Bodyline Captain, Peter Wynne-Thomas tells the story of Arthur Carr’s impressive career which saw him play for Nottinghamshire for 25 years, lead England as captain and score 45 centuries.

Sherborne has produced two Test cricketers, both of whom captained England: A.W. Carr and D.S. Sheppard.  Carr arrived at Sherborne in September 1907, aged fourteen, having briefly attended Eton College from where he was expelled for idleness!  While at Sherborne Carr was a member of the 1st XI (1909, 1910, 1911) and the 1st XV (1909, 1910, 1911 captain).  However, like D.S. Sheppard, Carr never captained Sherborne’s 1st XI.  Carr’s talent as a batsman was recognised at an early age and in August 1909, aged just sixteen, he played for the Notts 2nd XI.  In 1910 Carr made over 600 runs, including two hundreds, and in the following year he made 749 runs at an average of 62.42, which included one score of 224 (v. Bruton Nomads) and another of 165 (v. Wells Clergy).  Carr also appeared as ‘Lovelace ma.’ in Alec Waugh’s infamous novel The Loom of Youth which celebrates the centenary of its publication this year.

Peter Wynne-Thomas has been Nottinghamshire CCC archivist and librarian for some forty years and is currently serving as the club’s President. Honorary Secretary of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians for thirty-two years, he is the author of many books relating to cricket’s history.

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Posted 11 May 2017 by Sherborne School Archives.

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