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George Frederick Tarrant (Wood)
Married as George Wood to Martha – 1860
Died as George Frederick Wood – 2nd July 1870
"A grand fast bowler we had in George Tarrant, whose pace was tremendous, and seemed even faster than it was on account of the long run he took before delivering the ball. He was just about as fast as Jackson, but lacked the physique of the latter; and there is no doubt that the great amount of hard work he did in the cricket field shortened his life. He stood 5 feet 7 inches, and weighed little over 9 stone. He was always known by the sobriquet of ‘Tear’em’.
Tarrant was a very good boxer, and George Parr always had him near at hand whenever there was a disturbance anywhere. Once some fellow, half intoxicated, insulted George and challenged him to fight. This, however, was not much in George’s line, but on glancing round and seeing that Tarrant was ‘backing up’, he landed his opponent just one heavy blow, and, stepping gracefully on one side, shouted: ‘Go at him, Tear’em!’ and Tarrant, obeying these orders, quickly polished off his antagonist.
I remember once having a long ‘set-to’ with Tarrant with the gloves, at Dublin, and though he was perhaps a little more scientific than I, still I was quite able to hold my own with him, owing to my superior height and reach.""an example of round arm perfection".
"two long-stops were often required when Jackson and Tarrant were bowling."
"Tarrant used to relate an amusing story of an umpire who officiated in a match in which he himself was playing. The umpire stuttered in his speech very much. Tarrant was bowling and cried ‘How’s that?’ for leg before wicket. The umpire being appealed to so sharply could not for some time speak a word, although it was plain to be seen he was endeavouring to give his decision; but Tarrant, who was very impatient, took up the ball, saying, ‘Oh, I can’t wait any longer;’ bowled another ball which knocked the batsman’s middle stump down just as the umpire called out, ‘N-n-not out!’ ‘Not out?’ roared Tarrant; ‘why, look at his middle stump!’ It was a long time before the poor umpire was able to make him understand that the decision referred to his appeal for the leg before of the previous ball."
When the ship carrying the England team sunk a smaller boat "Tarrant quite lost his head. The first thing he did was to rush down below to get together a collection of curios which had been given to him at different times during our visit. Then when the boat was lowered he endeavoured to get into it, and was told by the sailors to keep out of the way in no very choice language."
Each player made £250 from the trip. (Mid-On (Wm Caffyn), "Seventy One Not Out" (pub. Wm Blackwood & Sons, 1890). Pages 156, 214, 217)
AEE touring team to Australia 1863-4– on board ship E M Grace cured Tarrant’s toothache by pulling his tooth out. [Maybe this explains their close friendship referred to by Low]. (Playfair Cricket Monthly February 1971. Stephen Green "Aboard the Great Britain")
1st class debut for AEE 1860. Final 1st class match for AEE 1869.
M I N O R H S Avge Catches
71 119 9 1633 108 14.84 58
Runs Wkts Avge 5w 10w b/b
4792 410+11 11.68 41 10 10/40
1862 –96 wkts at 10.07 1866 61 wkts at 13. 26;
1864 67 wkts at 8.80 1867 44 wkts at 8.70.
1865 45 wkts at 14.15;
Best bowling 10 for 40 for England v XIII of Kent at Lord’s in 1863. (Bailey, Thorn, Wynne-Thomas, "Who’s Who of Cricketers" (pub. Guild 1984) page 990).