Arthur Wood (American cricketer)

Arthur Machin Wood (21 February 186125 August 1947) was an English-born American cricketer, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though he started his cricket career with Derbyshire, Wood played most of his major matches with the Philadelphian cricket team. He was born in Pye Bridge in Derbyshire, England and played a total of 71 first-class matches.

Cricket in England

Wood played a single match for Nottinghamshire against Leicestershire at Leicester, a match which began on 16 September 1878. Batting ninth he scored 15 before being bowled. Nottinghamshire won comfortably by an innings and 186 runs. Leicestershire were not ranked as a first class county at the time.

The next season he played two first-class matches for his home county before moving to the United States. The first began on 14 July 1879 against Yorkshire. The eighteen year old scored only 5 runs in the first innings and nine in the second. He earned a spot against Nottinghamshire the following month, but fared no better scoring 9 and 5. This was Wood's last county cricket match as he moved to Philadelphia in 1879.

Philadelphian cricket

The Philadelphian cricketing establishment had strict rules for maintaining an American feel in their cricket. Wood was not allowed to play on the representative Philadelphian cricket team until he had satisfied a 5 year residency requirement. Though he had come to Philadelphia to manage and play for the Belmont Cricket Club, his first-class debut in Philadelphia was between the American born cricketers in the city and those Englishmen that were resident there. Playing for the English Residents, Wood scored only 5 runs in the match and his side lost. He played in this match each year until 1884 when he first played against the Philadelphians with the rest of America. He scored 32 runs in the second innings of this loss. His debut for the Philadelphian side came on 5 September 1892 against the remaining US players. In this match, Wood led his new team with a career high 182 runs before being stumped. The Philadelphian side won by an innings and 281 runs. He played for the next five years against touring foreign sides before joining the Philadelphians on their tour of England in 1897. He also took part in the tours of 1903 and 1908. Wood died in Philadelphia on 25 August 1947.


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