In the first of a new series of articles to commemorate Olympic year, we recognise the sporting achievements of local heroes. Look out for more articles and pictures on www.coxleynews.com. Do you know a sporting hero? Let us know about them email@example.com.
Horace was born in 1903 and was an English first-class cricketer who played 52 games for Yorkshire. Horace worked at Denby Grange Colliery and died in 1974 in Middlestown aged 70 where he is buried and the headstone can be read.
He played cricket for Yorkshire 1928-1936 and took over from Hedley Verity when he was on England duty.
He was capped in 1935 and scored 681 runs and had an average of 28.12 runs and took 93 wickets at an average of 18.47 runs.
He is notable as the first bowler to ever claim a hat trick of LBW victims, in the course of taking 5 for 12 against Somerset at Sheffield in August 1932. Umpire Alex Skelding, after dispatching Mandy Mitchell-Innes for five and then Bill Andrews first ball in the same manner, stared up the wicket at the new man Wally Luckes, when the third appeal was made. After a pregnant pause, he stated, "As God's my witness, that's out, too". In the same match, Fisher posted his highest ever first-class score in Yorkshire's only innings, an unbeaten 76.
His best bowling figures were 6 for 11 v Leicester at Bradford in the same week!
Information courtesy of Alan Flynn and Wikipedia.
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