Charles J. Eady
Charles Eady was one of the competition’s greatest all-rounders. Born in Hobart in 1870, Charles began playing cricket at about fourteen years of age when he joined the Lefroy Cricket Club before playing the majority of his 157 match and twenty-six season career with Break o’Day and, later, South Hobart.
Charles scored 9,446 runs with 20 centuries and claimed 752 wickets; he dominated the leading averages and aggregate records for the competition throughout his career.
Charles’s club cricket career is highlighted by the competition record innings of 566 in a team total of 908 for Break o’Day against Wellington in 1902 at the TCA Ground. The innings included a partnership of 429 for the seventh wicket with WA Abbott, which was a competition partnership record for any wicket until surpassed in 2010.
Charles is one of only five bowlers to take all ten wickets in an innings. In 1905-06 he claimed 10/44 for South Hobart v East Hobart.
Break o’Day won four successive premierships with Charles as captain from 1902 to 1905, and nine in total during his career.
Charles Eady played two Test matches for Australia, the first at Lords during the 1896 Tour of England, and the second in Melbourne, also against England, in 1902. He played 43 First-Class matches for Tasmania.
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