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Harold Alfred Denham
  • Born Howrah (now Haora) Bengal, India 12 October 1872
  • Died Wilmington, Eastbourne, Sussex 25 February 1946
  • Occupation Army Officer
  • Debut 18 June 1901 v South Africa at Phoenix CC, Phoenix Park, Dublin
  • Cap Number 292
  • Style Right-hand bat
  • Teams Hampshire, Phoenix

Harold Denham was a Regular Army officer whose career in major cricket was somewhat undistinguished. He made one appearance for Hampshire in 1896 against Sussex. His county won by 76 runs, taking only two of the allocated three days to do so, but Denham's contribution was negligible. Batting at 7 he fell for 1 in the first innings and 7 in the second, clean bowled each time by medium pacer Fred Tate, father of the great Maurice, and the man whose dropped catch was to become the stuff of Ashes legend in the Old Trafford Test of 1902.

By 1901, Denham was stationed in Ireland and appearing for Phoenix, a powerful batting side including Lucius Gwynn, Frank Browning and Dan Comyn. His choice of club was what gained Harold his one Irish cap.

A long running selection dispute, which is covered in detail in other biographies on this site, resulted in the Irish team v South Africa containing 9 Phoenix players, almost all other Irish clubs having boycotted the match. Despite some good batting by Gwynn and Comyn, Ireland lost by 5 wickets with Denham at 3 in the first innings, and, following the use of two night watchmen as openers,7 in the second, falling for a pair. He was not seen again in any major cricket.