1896 – 1985
Who was Jack Bryan?
Jack Bryan was a left-handed opening batsman and an occasional bowler of highly-spun leg breaks and googlies. He played for Kent's second eleven before the First World War, and then again in 1919, before he went to Cambridge. So strong was the Cambridge side of 1920 that he was not picked for any first-class matches. But he scored a century for Kent after the term ended, and in 1921, his most successful year, he scored more than 900 runs for the university and won a Blue. In the season as a whole he finished with 1,858 runs at an average of more than 50, with five centuries. This record led to him being selected as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in the 1922 edition of the almanack.
1921 proved, though, to be the only full season of first-class cricket that Bryan played. Becoming a schoolmaster at St Andrew's School in Eastbourne, he was able to play for Kent only in the second half of each season from 1922, though he occasionally played earlier matches in the Gentlemen v Players series. He never reached 1,000 runs in a season again, but he continued through the 1920s to make centuries and to average, in several seasons, around 35 runs per innings. He was very strong playing in front of the wicket, and tended to build his innings cautiously at first, though he could score very fast later in longer innings.
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- May 26, 1896
- Apr 23, 1985
on July 23, 2013