Auction Date: 5/11/2015 at 10:30 am
1919 Herbert Sutcliffe – personal silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1919/1920 engraved to the lid with the initials HS - overall 3” x 2.75” Note: 1919 most importantly in May of that year Sutcliffe made his cricket debut for Yorkshire 1st XI and kept his place in the Yorkshire team as a middle order batsman. In June Sutcliffe was elevated to Opening the innings with Percy Holmes. After some indifferent scores, he completed his maiden first-class century in July against Northamptonshire when he and Holmes put on 279 for the first wicket, Sutcliffe scoring 145 and Holmes 133. Further success resulted in Holmes and Sutcliffe being awarded their county caps in August 1919. Sutcliffe created a debut season record by scoring 1,839 runs at an average of 44.85 with 5 centuries and a highest score of 174 against Kent. Holmes and Sutcliffe scored 5 centuries each in 1919 and they shared in 5 century partnerships. Their performances were key to Yorkshire winning the championship that season for the 10th time in all. As a result of their success in 1919, Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe were both awarded a Wisden Cricketer of the Year title in 1920.