Percy William Oscroft


Percy William Oscroft was born in Nottingham on 27 November 1872 and played for Nottinghamshire from 1894 to 1900. 

An amateur cricketer, Percy worked as a schoolmaster in Newcastle, but returned to Nottingham in the school holidays to play for the County, firstly in August 1894 and then during the three following seasons. He made a final appearance for the County in August 1900.  Of Oscroft’s 18 first class matches, 16 were in County Championship fixtures which commenced in late July or in August. 

A right handed batsman, Oscroft scored 409 runs for Notts, recording a top score of 40 against Middlesex at Trent Bridge in August 1896.  He bowled occasionally and claimed 2 wickets with his left arm medium pace. 

Percy subsequently moved to Hornsey in London and taught science at Uppingham School.  His son, Donald Straker Oscroft later played a handful of games for Leicestershire.

Percy Oscroft died aged 61 on 8 December 1933 in St John’s Wood, London.


April 2020