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Cricket Foundation

Object of the Month March

Each month, we will showcase a new item of Heritage and explain it’s significance to Yorkshire Cricket.

Item of the Month March

Cricket Bat Bearing Autographs Collected by Alex Coxon in 1947

Alexander “Alex” Coxon (18 January 1916 – 22 January 2006) was an English cricketer who played for Yorkshire. The county’s oldest capped player, Coxon was born in Huddersfield and was a right-arm medium-fast seamer, representing England once – against Australia in 1948 at Lord’s.

Coxon played First Class cricket for Yorkshire between 1945 and 1950, subsequently going onto play 29 times for Durham (then a Minor Counties team) between 1951 and 1954, taking 127 wickets and scoring 1,047 runs with two centuries. His highest score was 102 not out against Yorkshire’s Second XI at Scarborough in 1952. That same year, he achieved his best bowling figures for Durham – 9 for 28 and 6 for 58 against Staffordshire.

He also played professionally with Sunderland, where he took 753 wickets at 8.73 runs apiece and scored 3,764 runs at an average of 34.21.

This bat bears the autographs signatures of the England and South Africa Test teams, along with the players from all seventeen first-class counties, collected by Coxon in 1947.

The bat comprises signatures in ink to the face and to the reverse. A total of 224 players signed the Fred Clough Senior-Counties bat, which is mounted in a custom-made glass panelled display cabinet. It is supported at its base by a spindle with a handle that can rotate the bat inside the case so both sides may be viewed, and the case is set with a plaque inscribed `TO DENNIS DRISCOLL, WITH EVERY GOOD WISH, FROM ALEX COXON, SCARBOROUGH FESTIVAL 1947’.

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation purchased the bat and its display case at auction in 2018, and following a period of renovation and repair, it is expected to be placed on display in the Yorkshire Cricket Museum.