Today, I am going to talk about my Great, Great Uncle Colin Blythe. He was a world class cricketer who was tragically killed in the First World War. Slide 2:
His full name was Colin Blythe but he was known as Charlie Blythe to his cricket fans. He was born on May 30, 1879 his father name was Walter Blythe and his mother was called Elizabeth Dready. He got married to Janette Gertrude in 1907 when he was 27 years old, and he died 10 years later in France and is buried in Belgium. Slide3:
Blythe was a world class cricketer and started playing cricket for Kent at the age of 20. He had a stunning start taking a wicket with his very first ball. In his first full season for Kent he captured 114 wickets and helped Kent secure third place in the championship His best year was 1909, when he took 215 wickets. In 1907 he took more wickets in a day than anyone else in history, taking 10 for 30 (including 7 wickets for 1 run in 36 balls). Slide4:
In just 15 seasons of cricket he got 2503 wickets from 93580 that’s about a wicket every 37 bowls. A bowler's bowling average is the total number of runs conceded by the bowlers divided by the number of wickets taken by the bowler, so the lower the average the better. An acceptable average from spin bowlers ranges from 30 to 35 Colin Blythe’s average was exceptional at 16.81. James Anderson, an English bowler who some of you may of heard of, has a bowling average of 27.64.
Colin Blythe was a left hander orthodox bowler. Left-arm orthodox spin is bowled by a left arm bowler using their finger to spin the ball from right to left of the cricket pitch. Slide 6
When the war broke out in 1914 Colin enlisted as a soldier in the British Army. He announced that he would be playing no more first-class cricket and shortly after joined the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Sergeant Blythe was serving in France when he was tragically killed by random shell-fire on the 18th of November 1917. Blythe is...