Francis Joseph SHACKLOCK – cricketer

Brief biography:
Francis Joseph SHACKLOCK was born at Crich 22 Sept 1861.

His parents, Francis and Mary SHACKLOCK, who came from Kirkby in Ashfield Notts, were living on Crich Common in 1861.

The family returned to Nottinghamshire in 1867 which meant he could qualify to play cricket for Notts.
He was a right-hand batsman and right-arm fast bowler.

On 13 September1883 he played against the MCC and took a wicket in the first innings, four in the second but did not score a run. Playing against Somerset in 1893, he took four wickets in four successive balls.

In 1884, not considered good enough by the committee of Notts to play for them he joined Derbyshire, his birth county, where he played with them for two seasons.

In 1886 he returned to play for Notts, where he had lived most of his life and where he began his cricketing career.

Francis Joseph SHACKLOCK emigrated to New Zealand on 8th October 1903, aged 43; sailing on the SS Papanui,. On his emigration listing he said he was a professional cricketer.
He then coached in Auckland also playing and coaching in Otago. His final first class match was on 3rd March 1905 for Otago against Australia.

He enlisted in the New Zealand military forces on 19th January1919 – his stated profession was lace maker and professional cricketer,

He died at Christchurch on 1st May 1937 and was buried in Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch.

[with thanks to Prunella Bradshaw]

Controversy over which county he was entitled to represent

In the newspapers there was much discussion on his playing eligibility; he became a cricketer of some renown. He was born at Crich but the family moved to Nottinghamshire when he was aged six and learnt to play cricket in Nottinghamshire. In 1884, because he was not selected to play for Nottinghamshire, he played two seasons for Derbyshire. Later he was invited to play for Nottinghamshire which he did but his entitlement was disputed by Derbyshire. SHACKLOCK’s response was reported in a long newspaper article –

Derby Mercury 7 April 1886
[an extract...]
My only reason for playing for Derbyshire in 1884 was that I was not considered good enough by the committee of Notts to play for them – for surely it cannot be supposed for a moment that any cricketer having a qualification to play for these two counties would choice select Derbyshire. I have worked hard during last season, and I think it is a fair argument to use – that if I have now been able to obtain a place in the Notts Eleven, Derbyshire has reaped the benefit of my exertions as well as myself, and I confidently leave the whole matter for decision of the M.C.C. or any other body of independent gentlemen.

There was much more reporting and correspondence over this issue.