Harry Jupp

Henry (“Harry”) Jupp (19 November 1841 – 8 April 1889) was an English professional cricketer, who was the opening batsman for Surrey County Cricket Club from 1862 to 1881. Renowned for his defensive technique, Jupp was known as “Young Stonewaller” after the “Old Stonewaller” Will Mortlock, and was sometimes criticised for not punishing bad balls but he had superb back play which was essential on the unrolled wickets which predominated in the early part of his career. Jupp also managed to develop a very strong cut and drive as time went by, and was also a fine outfield who frequently served as a “long stop”and occasionally kept wicket when Pooley was absent.

Jupp was born in Dorking, Surrey, and played his earliest cricket for the Wellesley House club in Twickenham.Despite not having any experience of first-class cricket took his place in a strong Surrey eleven that was to beat the best of the rest of England in 1864 by nine wickets. With Thomas Humphrey, he formed Surrey’s first strong opening partnership.

Although Surrey’s champion 1860s team collapsed so badly that by 1871 Surrey had become so weak as to win none of thirteen county games, and their batting depth declined to the point of almost total dependence on Jupp, the erratic Humphrey brothers and Ted Pooley, this did not affect Jupp’s ability. Harry Jupp first scored 1,000 runs in 1866, in which year he hit 165 against Lancashire, and toured North America in 1868. He reached four figures every year from 1869 to 1874. In the last named year Jupp achieved the amazing feat of carrying his bat through both innings of a match against Yorkshire, a feat equalled in England only by Sep Kinneir, Cecil Wood, Vijay Merchant and Jimmy Cook. The previous winter he had participated in the first English tour of Australia.

Harry Jupp
Personal information
Born 19 November 1841
Dorking, Surrey
Died 8 April 1889 (aged 47)
Bermondsey, London
Batting style Right-hand bat (RHB)
International information
National side
  • English
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 378
Runs scored 68 15,319
Batting average 17.00 23.78
100s/50s 0/1 12/73
Top score 63 165
Balls bowled 0 636
Wickets 0 7
Bowling average n/a 45.14
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling n/a 3/75
Catches/stumpings 2/0 228/19

Test career

1st Test 1876-1877

In the 1st ever Test series that took place from March to April 1877 Harry Jupp was England’s opening batsman. England lost the toss and were made to field. Harry Jupp following England Captain James Lillywhite onto the Melbourne pitch, was the 2nd Test Player to appear in Test Cricket. He was 96 days older than his Captain at 35 years 116 days old. As the rest of the England team came onto the pitch he was passed, in age, by Tom Emmett (England No: 8) and James Southerton (England No: 11). In the 1st Test Harry toiled in the field for a day and a half and then became England’s first ever test batsman as he faced a first ball from Australian opening bowler John Hodges. Harry want on to make only the 2nd test 50 (Charles Bannerman of Australia had made 165 in the 1st Innings) and finished on 63. He ended the 2nd day on 54 not out. Jupp’s 63 in an Innings became the 2nd best Innings score of the match. At the end of the match he scored 67 runs the 2nd highest total by a test batsman at that time.

Outside of cricket, Jupp was originally a bricklayer, and became a pub landlord in 1875. In that same year, his first wife died and he remarried a woman named Rose. However, as a batsman Jupp scored less than half as many runs as in 1874, and despite touring with James Lillywhite’s side in 1876/7 and playing in the matches that became known as the first two Test matches, his batting never reached the heights of 1874. In 1881, he was given a benefit match between the North and South at the Oval, but declined so badly his best score in fourteen innings was twenty and he dropped out of the Surrey eleven after the August Bank Holiday. A benefit match was played every year at Dorking for him after this.

After he retired as a player, Jupp was an umpire until 1888 and professional to the Lymington Cricket Club in 1883.Jupp died in Bermondsey, London. He was buried at Nunhead where his gravestone may be found in the undergrowth of the extreme SW corner of the cemetery.