There are times when it’s quite obvious when something is going to be interesting to people and there are times when you get personal satisfaction from something but you’re not sure whether anyone else will be at all interested. This is one of the latter times and I apologise if you aren’t interested.
|Sussex county cricket team of 1897|
For quite a while I have known about Cyril Herbert George Bland and I’ve found out various things about him along the way. Most notably, he could be the only first class cricketer to come out of Boston Grammar School (contact me if you know different). He played for Sussex in the 1890s and early years of the 20th century.
The more I found out about him, the more I wondered what he looked like, beyond David Frith’s description in his book Silence of the Heart: Cricket Suicides as “Personable, wirily built and with ears that stuck out”. Finally, today I found a photograph of the 1897 Sussex county cricket team which included Cyril.
As you will guess from the title of David Frith’s book, Cyril Bland committed suicide, drowning himself at Cowbridge, Boston in 1950.