John Bartlett

John Bartlett (1928 – 2014) Oxford University and Sussex Cricketer


Past Sussex Martlets:

Back row:  Nigel Russell, Chris Snell, Dale Vargas, David Gibbs, Norman Philpott, Brian O’Gorman, Keith Manning, Adrian Ford, Derek Semmence, Desmond Devitt.

Front row:  Geoff Seaton, Chris Saunders,   Hubert Doggart, Geoff Wills (President), Keith Jenkin, John Bartlett, Ham Whitty.

John’s finest seasons were at Oxford University where he took 88 wickets with a best bowling performance of 5 for 77. He also played for the MCC, Combined Services, Free Foresters and Sussex

Obituary: John Norton Bartlett 1940-1945. Died 8 June, 2014

John Bartlett was an outstanding sportsman and is deservedly prominent amongst among the school alumni. In 1944 he was very active in starting Rugby Football at Chi-Hi, where soccer had been the only winter game. The efforts of John and others were successful and “The Grasshoppers” was founded – as a school society, not as an ‘official’ school team.

After a period of training the Grasshoppers embarked on a programme of games against established school teams and other sides. With John prominent as right centre three-quarter, the team stormed ahead and won all their games. This success led to the establishment of rugby as an official school game and the Grasshoppers ceased to exist. 

John was also a leading member of the cricket 1st XI, as a slow left-arm bowler and right-hand batsman. Later, at Oxford, he joined the university 1st team and was awarded his ‘Blue’.  As was then required he enlisted for National Service and joined the army for two years, during which time he was a member of the army cricket team and of the combined services team. John went on to play for Sussex and the M.C.C. and was active in first-class cricket from 1946-53. He was invited to join the Sussex Martlets in 1952. 

John Bartlett was a true sportsman in all senses of the word.

Towards the end of in his career, he entered the field of education and was owner and headmaster of a private school in Sussex.  John is survived by his six children and second wife, Carol.


First-class span 1946-1953


Batting and fielding averages

  Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 49 70 32 351 28 9.23 0 0 34 0

Bowling averages

  Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 49 3443 107 5/77 32.17 2 0


Team Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM
Combined Services 607 21 290 9 3-55 32.22 0 0
Free Foresters 135 0 101 4 4-46 25.25 0 0
Gentlemen 60 2 42 0        
Marylebone Cricket Club 447 22 170 4 2-2 42.50 0 0
Oxford University 5986 272 2569 88 5-77 29.19 2 0
Sussex 551 19 271 2 1-43 135.50 0 0