Arthur William Carr

Arthur Carr, Sherborne 1st XI, 1911

The 21st May 2017 marks the 124th anniversary of the birth of the England Test cricketer, Arthur William Carr (1893-1963).

Arthur Carr arrived at Sherborne School 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 David Sheppard, Sherborne’s only other Test cricketer, 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 for Sherborne 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).

Arthur Carr’s batting and bowling averages at Sherborne 1909, 1910, 1911:

Batting

M I NO HS Runs Avge 100 50
28 38 1 224 1690 45.68 5 8

Bowling

R W Avge Best
830 46 18.04 9-27

Arthur Carr appears as ‘Lovelace ma.’ in The Loom of Youth, Alec Waugh’s candid portrait of his time at Sherborne School:

‘When he had gone, Gordon [Waugh] ventured to look round at the sea of faces.  On a raised dais was the Sixth Form table.  In the middle, haughty, self-conscious, with sleepy-looking but watchful eyes, sat the captain of the House, Lovelace major, in many ways the finest athlete Fernhurst [Sherborne] ever produced, who had already got his County cap and played “Rugger” for Richmond.  Gordon had seen him bat at Lord’s for the Public School v. M.C.C. and before he had come to Fernhurst, Lovelace had been the hero of his imagination; ambition could hardly attain a higher pedestal.’

This year marks the centenary of the publication of the novel.

A new biography of one of Arthur 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 scored 45 centuries.

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 19 May 2017 by Sherborne School Archives.