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Anthony Aloysius Strong Hussey
  • Born 21 June 1850 Westown, Co Dublin
  • Died Quarter 3 1921 Westown, Co Dublin
  • Educated Beaumont College; RMA Sandhurst
  • Occupation Army Officer; Justice of the Peace
  • Debut 15 August 1878 v I Zingari at Phoenix Park
  • Cap Number 162
  • Style Batting hand unknown.
  • Teams Emeriti CC, Phoenix

Educated at the fondly remembered but long gone Beaumont College in Berkshire, Anthony played in the annual match against Oratory School in 1867 and 1869. The former year saw a match of low scores and may be summarised thus: Oratory 33 and 45, 45 and 33-5 won by 5 wickets. Anthony made 10 in the first innings which was the highest score of the match. He also took one wicket in Oratory's second innings. Later saw a drawn match in which he took 3-44 in an Oratory innings of 89. Three years later he was in the Sandhurst team in the annual match against RMA Woolwich at Lord's with a former Irish paceman one of the umpires. He took six wickets in the match including 4-36 in the Woolwich first innings. He rounded off a good all round performance by making 38 in Sandhurst's second knock.

Among the Woolwich players was WFH Stafford who, some 44 years later as a Lieutenant-General, would ensure, with the help and advice of the Catholic Bishop of Cork, that the Easter Rising in that city passed without any blood being shed or shots fired.

Before leaving Anthony's English cricket we may note that he was amongst the earliest members of the Emeriti CC, a wandering side composed of Old Boys of England's Catholic public schools. He played in the earliest of their matches of which details survive, both being played against Worcestershire in 1882 and 1884. However neither he or the Club achieved much.

Anthony Hussey was a good middle order batsman, who scored consistently for Phoenix, but rarely revealed his talents fully in major matches. The only photograph of him, in a Phoenix team group of 1882, shows a tall figure sporting a striped cap and matching blazer, standing in the second row behind three members of the Hone family. The first prominent match in Ireland that he played in of which a score has been seen, was for NICC v I Zingari in 1877. This was very much an NICC Select XI with most of its members having travelled from Dublin or other points south for the game. In the end the visitors won comfortably but had a fright or two from the hosts fast underarmer Tom Hanna of the Ulster Club who took 12 wickets in the match. When the Zingaros moved south to play Ireland in Dublin, Tom followed them and did the hat trick. In the Ormeau match, Anthony was at No 9, making 13 and 11. In the first innings he was caught off the bowling of Arthur Ridley and in the second he fell to Edgar Lubbock. Both men were Oxford Blues and Old Etonians, somewhat par for the IZ course at that time and both bowled underarm. However Ridley was a skilful slow "Lobster", while Lubbock, like Hanna, was fast.

The following season saw Anthony's Irish debut - against IZ in mid August at the Phoenix ground - but just before this match, he had turned out for the Vice Regal Club against the visitors, with the hosts playing as a XVII. The match ended in an easy win for the visitors but not before Anthony had shown some form, achieving his highest score in "important" cricket. Batting first, and playing as a XII, the Zingaros ran up a useful 203. Batting at 6, Anthony then held the host's innings together. He made 43, by far the top score. He was eventually dismissed by another public school and Oxford combination, caught by Charles Francis off Thomas Pearson. They had attended Rugby School together where Francis had a tremendous reputation as a fast roundarmer, but never lived up to it afterwards. Pearson was a genuine all rounder, middle order batsman, useful spinner and highly capable wicket keeper. In the second innings, as IZ moved towards victory, Anthony held them up for a while. His 14 made him the hosts' only double figure scorer in each innings, before he was caught off the left arm pace of Gerald Portal. Later knighted, Portal became a well known colonial official, but died at Westminster in 1894 of typhoid, contracted in Zanzibar.

Anthony's four matches for Ireland, one, the last, of which was 12 a side and therefore will not be found on his stats page, proved most disappointing. He totalled only 42 runs at an average of 7.00. His highest score- 16 - came in a rain affected draw with a weak all amateur Surrey side at The Oval in 1879. It was the third top score of an innings which included only four double figure innings. He fell to Francis Shadwell a useful bowler who took seven first class wickets in a somewhat limited career. Anthony did have the satisfaction of having only once been on the losing side in his four "internationals", though this was more due to the batting of David Trotter and the two Hones William, Jnr and Nathaniel, plus the contrasting attack of Arthur Exham and Horace Hamilton than to any contribution that he made.

His final match of note was for Phoenix against I Zingari in 1883, the first time the tourists had been in Ireland since 1878, the year of Anthony's 43 for Vice Regal XVII and his rather less successful Irish debut against them when he made 0 and 5*, at lest having the consolation of being in when the winning runs were made by "Young William" Hone.

Now, however, for his swansong, he found that he and his team- mates were ranged against one of the strongest sides IZ ever a sent to Ireland, including the great all rounders Allan Steel and Charlie Studd, as well as wicket keeper/batsman Alfred Lyttleton, outstanding member of a remarkable sporting, academic and political family, though its most recently famous representative, the much lamented "Humph" would not wish to be ranked in any of these categories. In the match in question, Phoenix were swamped by their guests, with Anthony falling to Studd in the first innings and Steel in the second, for 11 and 3 respectively. At least it took the best to get him out.

Anthony Aloysius Strong Hussey was, unlike his present day Antipodean namesake, no "Mr Cricket". However, like many other rather undistinguished players, he gave of his all on the field and was a highly respected figure off it.