C. Hill


C. Hill 135 v EnglandBack to boards

Clem Hill’s only century at the Home of Cricket came in the second test of the 1899 Ashes, contributing to a 10 wicket thrashing that ultimately proved decisive in an Australian series victory.

After England stumbled to 206 all out in their first innings, Australia themselves got off to a tricky start, and at 59-3, the game seemed in the balance. Hill had other plans though, and by the time he was dismissed for 135, including 17 boundaries, Australia had already built a healthy lead.

Once Hill had departed, Victor Trumper then played a fine hand of his own - also scoring 135 - with Australia finally finishing on 421. England’s second innings effort of 240 set Australia a target of only 26, which they reached without the loss of a single wicket.

Of the five Ashes tests played that summer, this was the only not to end in a draw, meaning that the victory at Lord’s was enough to clinch a 1-0 series win for Australia.