Victor Cannings, English cricketer, Died at 97


Victor Henry Douglas Cannings was born on April 3, 1919, and died in October 2016.

He was an English cricketer.

He played as a right-handed batsman, who bowled right-arm medium pace.

He made his first-class debut for Warwickshire against Northamptonshire in the 1947 County Championship, where on debut Cannings took two wickets for 19 runs in Northamptonshire’s second innings.

Victor represented Warwickshire in 53 first-class matches, from 1947 to 1949.

In his debut in 1947, Victor took 63 wickets at a bowling average of 29.57, with best figures of 5–49, which was one of his three five wicket hauls for the club during that season.

After that, in the 1948 and 1949 seasons he struggled to take wickets, playing his last first-class match for Warwickshire against Somerset.

In Cannings’ 53 first-class matches for Warwickshire, Cannings scored 745 runs at an average of 14.32, including his only first-class half century which yielded him highest first-class score of 61.

As a bolwer, he took 88 wickets at an average of 31.11, with best figures of 5–49 and three five wicket hauls, all coming in his debut season for the county.

During 1950 Cannings joined the county of his birth, Hampshire.

He made his first-class debut for the club against Middlesex.

During Victors’ debut season Cannings’ bowling was revitalised, and he took 83 wickets at 24.32, with his career best figures of 7–52 coming as he made three five wicket hauls.

During 1951, 1952, 1953, and 1954 seasons he took over 100 wickets, with Cannings taking his first ten wicket haul in a match in 1951.

He continued to take wickets for the county, taking over 50 wickets in the 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1959 seasons.

But he also represented TN Pearce’s XI in a first-class match against Essex in 1952.

During 1953, he was the bowler who interrupted Bill Johnston’s amazing run of sixteen not-outs in seventeen innings.

He played his final first-class match for Hampshire in 1959 against Derbyshire.

At the same time he represented the Marylebone Cricket Club in a first-class match against Scotland, where he claimed two wickets.

He has played 230 first-class matches for Hampshire, scoring 1,888 runs at an average of 9.88, with a high score of 43*. With the ball Cannings took 834 wickets at an average of 21.69, with best figures of 7–52.

He has taken 39 five wicket hauls and ten wickets in a match four times.

He was also an able fielder, taking 89 catches for the club.

Victor took 927 wickets at an average of 22.73, with best figures of 7–52. Cannings took 42 five wicket hauls and took ten wickets in a match four times.

When he left Hampshire in 1959, Cannings joined Buckinghamshire in the 1960 Minor Counties Championship, making his debut against Norfolk.

He represented Buckinghamshire in ten Minor Counties matches in the 1960 season.

He returned to play for Buckinghamshire in 1962, representing them in two matches, with his final match for the county coming against Oxfordshire.

Victor Cannings stood as an umpire in a single Minor Counties Championship match between Berkshire and Devon, during 1963.

Victor Cannings passed away at 97 years old.