1900 – President’s Son Returns from the Boer War

Arthur ‘Daddy’ Breeds took over the captaincy around 1900 until 1903 and topped the batting averages twice.

Radlett C.C.’s priorities went out of the window in 1900 when the son of the Club’s president returned from the Boer War. On arrival by car at Radlett station at 6 p.m., he was greeted by the local band striking up, ‘See the Conquering Hero Comes’ and the cheers of the assembled village.

Several men in white flannels suddenly appeared, having abandoned their cricket match, and joined others pulling the young arrival by rope up Shenley Hill in an open landau and thence to Newberries and a welcome party for all.

Things were happening in the first class game too. ‘Swing’ or ‘swerve’ bowling became popular in 1900, as W.G. Grace who, aged 54, took 5-29 against the Aussies (with Trumper at his best).