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Foster and Barnes
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Brian Halford has been busy lately.  Here is his piece on Frank Foster and Sydney Barnes:
https://warwickshireccc.com/news/fosters...cialSignIn
I think he is wrong in describing Barnes as a fast bowler.  From all that I have read, he seems to have been between medium and fast medium and could swing the ball as well as spinning/cutting it.  My best guess would be that he bowled something like Tom Cartwright, though that may be of little help to those under the age of 60!
As for Frank Foster, Brian Halford tactfully omits to mention that the probable cause of his mental health issues was a sexually transmitted disease acquired from a lady of ill repute in Australia.
It is a tragic irony that Foster died in a mental asylum in Northampton, the same town in which he had led Warwickshire to their historic Championship winning victory in 1911.
When Foster and the team returned to Birmingham by train, New Street Station was packed with crowds waiting to welcome them.  Someone is alleged to have asked: "Who is it? Is it the King?" and received the reply: "No, it's the King of Cricket."
I could go on; but best to read Robert Brooke's biography of Frank Foster, The Fields Were Sudden Bare.
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