Dick Pougher

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Dick Pougher
Ranji 1897 page 405-2 Pougher.jpg
Cricket information
BattingRight-handed batsman (RHB)
BowlingRight arm fast medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 163
Runs scored 17 4,555
Batting average 17.00 18.59
100s/50s 0/0 5/13
Top score 17 114
Balls bowled 105 25,881
Wickets 3 535
Bowling average 8.66 19.02
5 wickets in innings 0 31
10 wickets in match 0 7
Best bowling 3/26 9/34
Catches/stumpings 2/0 98/0
Source: [1]
Dick Pougher

Arthur Dick Pougher (19 April 1865, Humberstone, Leicester, England – 20 May 1926, Aylestone Park, Leicester, England) was a cricketer who played for Leicestershire County Cricket Club between 1894 and 1901. Pougher was awarded a benefit by Leicestershire in 1900, he also played one Test match for England, which was against South Africa in Cape Town in 1891-92.

His greatest moment came when he took five Australian wickets for no runs in three five-ball overs with his deceptive off spin for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord's in 1896; the tourists were bundled out for a humiliating 18.[1] Unfamiliar with Pougher's bowling they failed to realise that he kept the ball lower and turned it less than seemed possible with his strong finger and wrist action.[citation needed]

He umpired 49 first-class matches. All but two of these were between 1903 and 1909; the exceptions were one match in Australia in 1888-89 and Leicestershire's game against the West Indians in 1923,[2] he also officiated in Yorkshire's game against Kent in July 1904, but this match is not included in the total, as he and fellow umpire William Shrewsbury (brother of Arthur) declared the match void after the first day because of illegal changes made to the pitch.[3]

His name is pronounced 'Puffer'[citation needed]and after retirement from cricket, he kept the Old Cricket Ground Hotel at Aylestone Park, Leicester.


  1. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v Australians in 1896". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Dick Pougher as Umpire in First-Class Matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Yorkshire v Kent in 1904". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2007-09-24.

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