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George Heane

Born 2nd January 1904 in Worksop, Heane was a good left hand bat and a useful right-arm medium-pace bowler.

Educated at King Edward VI Grammer School, Retford, he was in the eleven five seasons, being captain in 1921, his final year.

His early club cricket was for Worksop, but from 1926 he was associated with Julien Cahn's Team. He played once for Nottinghamshire 2nd XI in 1924, six times in 1925 and 1926, but without great success, then in 1927 he took 21 wickets and hit 149 runs.

This form with the 2nd team saw him make his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire v New Zealanders on July 6th-8th, 1927. In 1928 he continued to do well for the 2nd XI and appeared twice in the county side. In the second game versus Middlesex on August 11th, he captained the side in A. W. Carr's absence.

In 1929 and 1930 he was seen neither in the Nottinghamshire 1st or 2nd XI, his cricket being confined to games with Sir Julien Cahn's XI and in the winter of 1929/30 he toured the Argentine with Cahn's XI.

In 1932 he visited Denmark with the same side and in 1933 North America. In these years he made a solitary appearance for Nottinghamshire, coming into the side versus Gloucestershire in 1931 when both Staples and Voce were injured. In the second innings he bowled very well taking 4 for 71.

On December 21st, 1931, when he was working as a veterinary surgeon in Louth, Heane was informed that he had been selected as joint captain with S. D. Rhodes of Nottinghamshire for 1935. Although the timing of the announcement was a surprise to Heane, he had in fact been spoken of as Carr's successor for some seasons.

Heane's career in county cricket therefore began in 1935 and his all-round ability soon was in evidence. In the second game against Sussex he took the valuable wickets of John Langridge, A Melville and A J Holmes at a cost of 33 runs and in the following game hit his first hundred with the aid of some excellent cover drives, though he batted as low as No. 8. It was more as a batsmen that he made his mark in the first year, perhaps like many captains he found it difficult to judge when he should bowl himself.

In 1936 Heane took over sole command. The county made the running in the championship until mid-season, being top of the table in July, but the loss of two vital matches, versus Essex and versus Gloucestershire, in August deprived them of the title. Heane's main contribution was his captaincy and fielding, both his batting and bowling produced moderate results.

With both Larwood and Voce injured in 1937, the Nottinghamshire attack was a very modest affair. Heane bowled over 400 overs, doubling the number of 1936, but his wickets ere expensive and as his batting did not come off he came in for some criticism, but the results the team achieved were really beyond his control.

In the winter of 1938/39 he made his final tour with Sir Julien Cahn's Team - to New Zealand, playing in one first-class game.

1939 was decidedly Heane's best year with the bat and he was chosen to represent the Gentleman v Players at Lord's, his innings of 25 was described as the best in the Gentlemen's second attempt. His bowling for Nottinghamshire was very infrequent and not until August did he have much effect on the opposition, then he took 7 wickets against Hampshire and in the next game 6 against Derbyshire, these 13 accounting for over half his season's total. His captaincy again came in for adverse comment, especially in relationship to his own lack of bowling.

During the war, Heane played fairly often for Nottinghamshire and with the resumption for the Championship in 1946, he was re-appointed captain. He was not particularly successful and his main contribution was really as a fielder, since his batting average of 26.79 depended very much on his two hundreds. His bowling was terribly expensive.

In the spring of 1947, the committee decided to relieve him of the captaincy and his career in first-class was virtually at an end. In 1947 he began to play for Lincolnshire, but in 1951 when Nottinghamshire were very weakened through injury, he re-apperared briefly for his native county.

His final first-class game was against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge on August 11th - 14th, 1951.

In the period from 1936 to 1946 he played for Nottinghamshire in every single match making 145 consecutive appearances for the county, which is perhaps a record.

For Sir Julien Cahn's Team he hit 6,746 runs with 6 hundreds and took 425 wickets.

Apart from cricket he was a useful soccer player and represented Nottinghamshire. In his later years he was a farmer at Spilsby in Lincolnshire and died at Skendleby on October 24th, 1969.

His brother E. S. Heane was a noted club cricketer and played for Cahn's XI and also for Nottinghamshire in wartime games, but never in first-class matches.

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