Five future county cricketers were born in 1870, including one who had an outstanding record as England captain, and Paul Dyson looks back at their careers. The photo of Frank Milligan is by courtesy of Mick Pope.

The first member of 1870’s five future Yorkshire cricketers to see the light of day arrived in Kirkstall, Leeds on February 5th. Fred Asquith was a wicket-keeper who played in the shadow of David Hunter but did manage to feature in one match – against Gloucestershire at Bramall Lane, Sheffield in 1903. He made a duck in his only innings but took two catches. He originally played for Sheepscar Leather Works, in Leeds, but later played for Hull Town and was landlord of the Locomotive public house on Hessle Road in the same city. He died in Hull in 1916 at the age of 45.

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