Harry Boyle (cricketer)

Harry Boyle
Henry Frederick Boyle c1880.jpg
Boyle in about 1880
Personal information
Full name Henry Frederick Boyle
Born (1847-12-10)10 December 1847
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 21 November 1907(1907-11-21) (aged 59)
East Bendigo, Victoria
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut 2 January 1879 v England
Last Test 12 December 1884 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 12 140
Runs scored 153 1,711
Batting average 12.75 10.24
100s/50s 0/0 1/1
Top score 36* 108
Balls bowled 1,743 16,429
Wickets 32 370
Bowling average 20.03 15.38
5 wickets in innings 1 26
10 wickets in match 0 6
Best bowling 6/42 7/32
Catches/stumpings 10/– 126/–
Source: CricInfo, 31 January 2020

Henry Frederick "Harry" Boyle (10 December 1847 – 21 November 1907) was a leading Australian Test cricketer of the late 1870s and early 1880s.

Boyle played for Victoria and had the distinction of visiting England with the three earliest Australian representative touring teams, in 1878, 1880 and 1882. The slightly reticent Boyle was chosen as captain for the 1880 tour but a shipboard team meeting voted to replace him with the more outgoing Billy Murdoch before their arrival.[1] An outstanding medium-pacer, Boyle's greatest strengths were said to be the accuracy of his deliveries and his ability to probe a batsman's weaknesses. His bowling was considered to be particularly effective under English conditions. His achievements with the ball were often overshadowed by the exploits of his brilliant team mate, "The Demon Bowler", Fred Spofforth.

He was an exceptionally good close-in fielder, too, and a brave if limited batsman. In all, he played 12 Tests, taking 32 wickets at an average 20.03.

Boyle was also a leading Australian rules footballer for Carlton Football Club during the mid 1870s.[2]


  1. ^ Hutchinson, Garrie; Ross, John, eds. (1997). 200 Seasons of Australian Cricket. Ken Finn Books. p. 66. ISBN 0-330-36034-5.
  2. ^ Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. p. 182. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.

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