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Farnes bowled well in Test trials at Lord's. In 1938 he gave special proof of being in great form by dismissing eight Players for 43 runs in the first innings and three in the second for 60, so doing a lot towards the Gentlemen winning by 133 runs--their second victory in this encounter since the last war. In the following winter he went with the England touring team to South Africa, where he was second in Test bowling to Verity. His 16 wickets cost 32.43 each, while in the whole tour 44 wickets fell to him at 27.43 a piece. He did the best bowling of the third Test, the only one brought to a definite finish, which gave W. R. Hammond's side the rubber. With four wickets for 29, Farnes was mainly instrumental in making South Africa follow on, and he dismissed three men for 80 in their second innings of 353, which left England still 13 runs to the good after a declaration with only four men out. Paynter, 243--a South African record--and Hammond, 120, were the great batsmen on that occasion; their stand realised 242.
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A very good field near the wicket, Farnes reached many catches that would have been impossible for a man of medium height. He had no pretension as a batsman, but in 1936, at Taunton, hit up 97 not out in two hours, Wade helping to add 149 for the last wicket; dismissing six men in the match, Farnes was largely responsible for Essex winning by an innings and 66 runs. He laughed at just failing to get a century--the ambition of every batsman.
HAMILTON, MAJOR CYRIL PENN, R. A., very prominent in Army sports, particularly cricket, and an occasional member of M.C.C. and Kent elevens, was killed in Libya in February, aged 33. A sound defensive batsman capable of hitting very freely when set, he showed to special advantage at Lord's where he played several fine innings. In 1932 he made 83 for The Army against Royal Navy, and two years later in the corresponding fixture his 141 not out was by far the highest score until rain caused an abandonment of the game. Also in 1934, for M.C.C. against Scotland, his 101 was the best innings in a drawn match. Maintaining this form, he made 50 and 19 for the Gentlemen in the Folkestone Festival, so taking a useful part in a victory by three wickets over the Players. His value in a hard fight had further proof next year when he made 135 for M.C.C. against Gentlemen of Ireland, who gained a most creditable victory. For Royal Artillery against Royal Engineers in 1938 he again showed his fondness for the turf at headquarters by hitting up 205, which had most to do with his side winning by 228 after being on the first innings. Among his other games were hockey, at which he represented Scotland, rackets and squash.
KERSHAW, PILOT, OFFICER A., a very good all-round cricketer in the Rugby elevens of 1936 to 1938, was killed during March, aged 21. In 1937 he scored 124 not out against Marlborough at Lord's his left-handed batting being brilliant and stylish; next season against Clifton he did most towards a handsome victory by an innings and 116 runs each. His left-handed spin bowling headed the averages in his last two seasons when he played for Lord's Schools against The Rest. On the first occasion he took five wickets for 46 runs and on the second he played a good innings of 43 not out. In 1939 he played once for Lancashire 2nd XI, scoring 39. He excelled at racquets, representing the school for three years, and was first string when Rugby won the Public Schools championship at Queen's Club in 1938.
WALKER, FLIGHT-LIEUT. DONALD FREDERICK, R.A.F.V.R., who was killed during a flight over Germany on the night of June 17 and buried in Holland, was one of Hampshire's most promising batsmen. Born on August 15, 1912, he went to King's College School, Wimbledon, where he developed into a very good cricketer. A left-handed batsman, he averaged 30.62 in 1928 and in his last year he headed the batting with 23.20, besides proving useful with the ball. A brilliant fieldsman, he also could keep wicket. He was good enough for a trial in the Surrey second eleven in 1933, but his home was at Bournemouth and, having attracted attention by scoring a thousand runs and taking a hundred wickets one season in club cricket, he was persuaded to turn professional and joined the Hampshire staff. Playing first for the County in 1937, he soon showed his skill, and took part in a record fifth-wicket stand for Hampshire, 235 being added in company with G. Hill, who also got his first hundred in county cricket. Altogether that season Walker scored 847 runs, and next year he made 925. He surpassed this in 1939 with 1,117 runs, including three centuries; average 29.39. Only Arnold and Bailey were above him. Sound in defence, with unlimited patience, Walker brought off good strokes all round the wicket and generally gave every indication of a successful career. A strong Rugby football player, he captained the Dorset County team and also captained an R.A.F. side. This Walker of Hampshire must not be confused with David Frank Walker, who went to Uppingham, got his Blue as a Freshman, captained Oxford University in 1935, and was prominent in the Norfolk County XI. He was reported missing in March, 1942.
WELCH, LEIUT. WILLIAM, M., who fell in action early in the year, was prominent at all games when at Harrow. A sound batsman, he gained his place in the cricket eleven in 1928 and scored 70 not out, the highest innings for his side, in the match against Eton. He also showed up well in a great effort for victory, which would have been Harrow's first since 1908. Promoted to number three, he scored 36 and the task of making 308 in three hours and a half became possible, but Hazlerigg caused a collapse and Eton won by 28 runs at a quarter past seven--the first definite issue after six draws. With his slow right-hand bowling Welch started an Eton collapse on the first day by taking two wickets for three runs, six men being dismissed for an addition of 39. He did little next year in a draw at Lord's. When captain in 1930 he won the toss after that fortunate start had gone to Eton for many years, but his good work--48 and 13; four wickets for 79--could not stave off defeat by eight wickets. His Harrow average that year--44.3--included 171 not out. First string at racquets and a Rugby football colour, Welch was a notable athlete.
BRANCH, FLYING-OFFICER GUY ROWSTRON, was killed on active service on August 11, 1940, aged 26. He gained the E. G. M. for gallantry in saving the life of a pilot trapped in a burning plane. In the Eton eleven of 1932, he played against Harrow in a drawn match. Branch made double figures in each innings, but everything else on that occasion at Lord's was dwarfed by the 109 and 96 scored by N. S. Hotchkin, Eton's opening batsman, whose second display saved the side from danger of defeat. Branch played racquets very well. 041b061a72