Henry Charlwood

Henry Rupert James Charlwood (19 December 1846 in Horsham, Sussex – 6 June 1888 in Scarborough, Yorkshire) played cricket professionally for England in the first two Test matches ever played, which were against Australia in 1877. Charlwood was a top order batsman and occasional lob bowler.

Henry Charlwood, or Harry, toured with James Lillywhite, junior’ team on the first ever cricket tour of Australia that included test matches. Note: The 2 tests were designated test matches sometime after they had been played. Australia won the toss for the 1st Test and elected to bat so Harry fielded for a day and a half as Australia put on 245 runs for 9 wickets. He batted at No: 3 and joined Harry Jupp (16 not out) when England were 23 for 1. He and Harry Jupp put on 56 runs for the 2nd wicket. England’s first ever 50 partnership. Harry made 36 which was the 3rd best Innings of the match. He added a further 13 in the 2nd Innings, just missing out on becoming the 3rd test Batsman to score 50 runs in a career and match.

Henry Charlwood
Personal information
Full name Henry Rupert James Charlwood
Born 19 December 1846
Horsham, Sussex, England
Died 6 June 1888 (aged 41)
Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Underarm (lob), unknown arm
Relations Charles Charlwood (brother)
International information
National side
  • England
Test debut (cap 2) 15 March 1877 v Australia
Last Test 4 April 1877 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1865–1882 Sussex
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 2 197
Runs scored 63 7,017
Batting average 15.75 21.19
100s/50s 0/0 5/33
Top score 36 155
Balls bowled 0 128
Wickets 4
Bowling average 22.25
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/12
Catches/stumpings 0/– 89/–