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Cricket legend W.G. Grace's bat from 1878 to be sold at auction on Thursday 8th December.

The blade of willow wielded by one of the most famous cricketers of all time was picked up by the late Lord Walton of Detchant 30 years ago.
Cricketing legend W.G Grace's bat, which was discovered by a late Lord in an antiques shop, is up for auction.

The blade of willow wielded by one of the most famous cricketers of all time was picked up by the late Lord Walton of Detchant while on a medical trip to Canada 30 years ago.

It is believed W.G Grace gave the bat to his opposing captain George Stracken after Gloucestershire's match with Surrey at The Oval in June 1878.

Stracken also played for the Canadian cricket team, which perhaps explains how the bat made it across the Atlantic.

The bat is accompanied with a letter from The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) stating that they 'feel confident to say that it is entirely likely that the bat was indeed, as stated, a gift from W.G'.

The bat is expected to fetch £200-400, roughly what you would pay for a cricket bat today.

Lord Walton was a leading neurologist and the only person to have been president of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the General Medical Council during his career.

Following his death, aged 93, in April, his daughter, Ann McNeil, has decided to sell the bat so that a fellow cricket lover can get their hands on it.

She said: "My father was a huge cricket fan and member of the M.C.C.

"He discovered the bat in an antique shop for next to nothing whilst on a medical trip to Canada 30 years ago and could't resist it.

Cricketing legend W.G Grace's bat, which was discovered by a late Lord in an antiques shop, is up for auction.

The blade of willow wielded by one of the most famous cricketers of all time was picked up by the late Lord Walton of Detchant while on a medical trip to Canada 30 years ago.

It is believed W.G Grace gave the bat to his opposing captain George Stracken after Gloucestershire's match with Surrey at The Oval in June 1878.

Stracken also played for the Canadian cricket team, which perhaps explains how the bat made it across the Atlantic.

The bat is accompanied with a letter from The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) stating that they 'feel confident to say that it is entirely likely that the bat was indeed, as stated, a gift from W.G'.

The bat is expected to fetch £200-400, roughly what you would pay for a cricket bat today.

Lord Walton was a leading neurologist and the only person to have been president of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the General Medical Council during his career.

The bat is believed to have been used by W.G. Grace in Surrey vs Gloucestershire match

Following his death, aged 93, in April, his daughter, Ann McNeil, has decided to sell the bat so that a fellow cricket lover can get their hands on it.

She said: "My father was a huge cricket fan and member of the M.C.C.

"He discovered the bat in an antique shop for next to nothing whilst on a medical trip to Canada 30 years ago and could't resist it.

"We believe that Strachan played cricket for Canada and that is perhaps how the bat came to be there.

Inscription reads ''G. Strachan from W.G. Grace, June 22/78, W.E. Lathan from G. Strachan, Augst 21/88''

"It took pride of place in my father's home. He had it on display in the hall for everyone to see.

"We are sorry to have to sell it, but feel it is time it gave another cricket fan the same enjoyment as it gave my father."

Grace is the 19th century's most famous cricketer and enjoyed a remarkable 44 year career during which he captained England and Gloucestershire.

Newcastle-based Anderson & Garland will auction the bat on Thursday (Lot 1136). If you would like further information please contact 01914303000.

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