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Frank Shacklock

Against Somerset at Trent Bridge on June 3rd 1893, Frank Shacklock became the first cricketer to take four wickets in four successive deliveries for Nottinghamshire in a championship match.

Although all four batsmen were shown as b. Shacklock, in fact the first and third, R.P. Spurway and W.Trask, were bolwed off their pads, whilst the second, A.E. Newton, played on; the fourth man to go was J.A Gibbs.

A right-arm fast bowler F Shacklock was born in Crich, Derbyshire, on September 22nd, 1861, but his parents were from Kirkby-in-Ashfield and had moved to Derby shortly before Frank’s birth and the family returned to Nottinghamshire in 1867, so that Frank was regarded basically a Nottinghamshire cricketer.

Shacklock appeared in a Nottinghamshire Colts match in 1883 and in the same year for the Colts of North v Colts of South at Lord’s. His first-class debut came for Nottinghamshire v M.C.C. on September 13th, 14th and 15th, 1883 but in 1884 he elected to leave Nottinghamshire and made his debut for Derbyshire v Lancashire at Old Trafford on May 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

His career with Derbyshire XI lasted two seasons during which his best bowling performance was 39-18-45-8 and 45-13-97-5 v Yorkshire at Derby in 1885 and his highest score was 50 in 2 ½ hours v Yorkshire at Bradford in 1884.

In 1886 he changed his allegiance back to Nottinghamshire and immediately gained a permanent position in the XI. His desertion of Derbyshire caused  a great deal of criticism and in no small measure was the prime factor in that county being removed from the first-class list a year later.

During 1886 and 1887 Shacklock showed moderate all-round form, but in 1888 he fell away to such an extend that he lost his place in the side. Returning to the team for the third match of 1889 Shacklock was not called upon to bowl but he did hit the second highest score for the County in the following game v Surrey at Trent Bridge and took 10 wickets in a match for Nottinghamshire for the first time.

Frank Shacklock continued to feature in the Nottinghamshire side until 1893, his last contest being v Kent at Canterbury on August 10th, 11th and 12th, after which the Nottinghamshire Committee suspended him for indiscipline.

Emigrating to New Zealand, Shacklock was coach to Otago and Wanganui College and in 1910 became coach to Auckland C.C. In 1883 he took all 11 wickets in an innings for Lasswade XII v Edinburgh University XII and all 10 wickets for Lasswade v Loretto. In 1909 in New Zealand he hit 162* out of 190 in 80 minutes.

Frank Shaclock died in Christchurch, New Zealand on May 3rd 1937.

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