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George Chesterton
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Nov 03, 2012

George Herbert Chesterton was a former English cricketer who played first-class crocket between 1949 and 1966. The bulk of his appearances were for Worcestershire, whom he represented between 1950 and 1957. He was capped by the county in 1950. Very much a specialist bowler, he never reached 50 in over 100 first-class innings. He made his first-class debut in 1948, representing Free Foresters in a drawn match against Oxford University at The University Parks. He made 29 not out in his only innings, and took two wickets, including that of future South Africa Test player Clive van Ryneveld.

That 1949 season saw Chesterton play frequently for the Oxford side, and his final aggregate of 46 wickets was the highest he managed in any summer, as was his total of four five-wicket innings hauls. is best innings return that season was the 6-11 he claimed against Free Foresters in late May; this game also saw him make his highest score of 43. In 1951 Chesterton played only once, but between 1952 and 1957 he made about half a dozen appearances a year for Worcestershire, generally picking up 20 or 30 wickets each season, as well as continuing to take the trip to Ireland with MCC in 1952, 1954 and 1956. It was on the 1956 tour that he recorded his career-best innings return, taking 7-14. He followed that up with 3-38 in the second innings to record his only ten-wicket match haul. Chesterton ended his county cricket career after 1957. 

Chesterton wrote a book on coaching for young people with Alan Duff, entitled Your Book of Cricket. He also co-wrote Oxford and Cambridge Cricketers with Cambridge blue and England Test player Hubert Doggart. In 1991, he founded The Chesterton Cup, an annual cricket competition between schools in the English Midlands.

Outside cricket, Chesterton worked at Malvern College, the school he had attended as a boy, until 1982, becoming deputy head. In 1990 was published Malvern College: 125 Years, a book which he wrote. In 2006, the Malvernian Society held a dinner in his honour at the college to celebrate his 70-year association with Malvern. He wrote a book, called "Also Flew", about his war-time service in the RAF during the Second World War; and Andrew Murtagh has written a biography about him called "A Remarkable Man".

He died aged 90 on 3 November 2012.

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