Bernard Quaife

Cricket Player

1899 – 1984


Who was Bernard Quaife?

Bernard William Quaife was an English cricketer who played more than 300 first-class matches between the wars. He played first for Warwickshire, but later found much more success at Worcestershire, where he became the usual wicket-keeper. He was the son of England Test player Willie Quaife.

Quaife made his first-class debut for Warwickshire against Somerset at Bath in June 1920; he scored 11 and 20. He played off and on for the next couple of years, though made no significant scores. One remarkable incident occurred in 1922, when Warwickshire played Derbyshire: Billy Bestwick and his son Robert bowled for Derbyshire against Willie Quaife and his son Bernard.

He had a better year in 1923, playing regularly and almost making a maiden hundred against Northamptonshire: he was 99 not out in the first innings when he ran out of partners. He also took the first of his small haul of wickets when he dismissed Worcestershire's William Fox in late May. However, this season was to be a one-off: the 704 runs he made easily exceeded the aggregate from his other six summers at Edgbaston, and after 1926 he left Warwickshire.

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Nov 24, 1899
  • England
Nov 27, 1984

on July 23, 2013


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