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There's a brief article in today's Snap Shot in "The Age" which points out that Harry Graham was the first non-Englishman to make a century on debut at Lord's. The article from Peter Ryan also points out that Graham played two games for Melbourne in 1900. They were both wins against Carlton and Essendon. So, Graham made a 100 at Lord's and has a 100% win record playing for the MFC in, cough, nineteen hundred.

(The Graham part is the second story in Snap Shot. And if it's behind a paywall, don't worry. There's not much more to the story than the above.)

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I like this side story and it deserves at least one reply. Thanks for putting it out there. Other first class cricketers from MFC include Max Walker, Graeme Watson and Neil Crompton. Any others?

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On 6/9/2021 at 6:29 PM, UK Demon said:

I like this side story and it deserves at least one reply. Thanks for putting it out there. Other first class cricketers from MFC include Max Walker, Graeme Watson and Neil Crompton. Any others?

Percy Beams also I believe 

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9 hours ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

There's a brief article in today's Snap Shot in "The Age" which points out that Harry Graham was the first non-Englishman to make a century on debut at Lord's. The article from Peter Ryan also points out that Graham played two games for Melbourne in 1900. They were both wins against Carlton and Essendon. So, Graham made a 100 at Lord's and has a 100% win record playing for the MFC in, cough, nineteen hundred.

(The Graham part is the second story in Snap Shot. And if it's behind a paywall, don't worry. There's not much more to the story than the above.)

And he couldn’t have notched up his two wins against better sides. 

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40 minutes ago, UK Demon said:

I like this side story and it deserves at least one reply. Thanks for putting it out there. Other first class cricketers from MFC include Max Walker, Graeme Watson and Neil Compton. Any others?

The Duke, but played cricket in WA. And pretty sure big Biff played cricket in Tassie.

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15 hours ago, UK Demon said:

I like this side story and it deserves at least one reply. Thanks for putting it out there. Other first class cricketers from MFC include Max Walker, Graeme Watson and Neil Compton. Any others?

Tom Wills, although might not meet the modern definition of "first class cricketer" given he played before the concept of "first class cricket" was known.

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16 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Is this on DemonWiki? @Supermercado
might be interested in adding it if not

Here's the current Harry Graham profile http://demonwiki.org/Harry+Graham

If you want to be like Colin Carter and claim the VFA you could say he played in losses for us in his first stint (1892/1894) before concentrating on cricket. Interesting that his VFL career was so short because he went off looking for gold halfway through the season. 

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I am so glad you mentioned this as I was invited to a book launch a few years ago of a biography about Harry Graham "The Little Dasher". It isn't an easy read as it is a sad story with a very unhappy ending for such a talented sportsman. The launch was held at the MCG library and there were a few MFC and Melbourne district club champions in attendance.

The dinner later on was a school boy dream. The author Ron Cardwell his team along with special guests from the launch. Graeme (Beetle) Watson, Paul Sheehan, Peter Bedford and Keith Stackpole were fascinating to talk to.

Watson played for both MFC & MCC, Victoria and Australiawhich is a fair C.V. Sadly he has since passed as did Tangles Walker, (who had the same C.V.) years ago. The book is pictured below and I got it signed by the boys.

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