Born in Locarno, Switzerland on 1 February 1900, Geoffrey Neville Bayley Huskinson was educated at Oundle where he was in the Eleven for three years, 1915, 1916 and 1917. He then went up to University College, Oxford and captained his College in 1921, but did not appear for Oxford in any First-Class matches.

A useful right-hand bat, Huskinson appeared for Notts in the two opening games in 1922, versus Leicestershire at Aylestone Road on 6 and 8 May and versus Glamorgan at Trent Bridge a week later. Both matches resulted in victories for Notts, Huskinson made a duck in the first match and 33 in the second game. He appeared a number of times for Notts 2nd XI, occasionally acting as captain. His club cricket was with Notts Amateurs and Gedling Colliery, he captained the latter for several seasons. In 1933 and 1934 he toured Egypt with HM Martinteau’s side and also played numerous matches for I Zingari and Free Foresters. He toured Holland with the North Midlands Division in 1946/47 to assist the revival of cricket in that country after the Second World War.  During the war, he appeared for Notts v an RAF XI that replaced the original opponents Derbyshire in an August Bank Holiday fixture at Trent Bridge in 1940 - 18 years after his previous county appearances! - having reportedly made a good recovery from wounds received at Dunkirk.  The Notts team that day included two 'guest' England internationals – Ewart Astill from Leicestershire (who had been a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1933) and Gubby Allen of Middlesex. 

Huskinson was on the Notts CCC Committee from 1943 to 1958 and was President of the club in 1959 and 1960, he subsequently became a Vice President.

A useful rugby union player he represented Notts and East Midlands and played for the Harlequins from 1922 to 1925. In later years he represented Notts at croquet. He resided at Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire.where he used to grow cricket bat willows. 

Huskinson died on 17 June 1982 in Hinton Waldrist in Berkshire aged 82. His son Mark (1935-2018) played one First-Class game for Free Foresters in 1959.


April 2020

Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 325

See Geoffrey Huskinson's career stats here