Ambo Batty, a former pupil of Haileybury College, was another example of a vicar who played for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire at Cardiff in 1891, simply because he had been a theology student at Oriel College and was a good friend of Jack Brain.
A sound batter and useful change bowler, Ambo played with some effect for Oriel, as well as for Walham Grove CC, and in 1889 was chosen in the London and Suburban Cricket Association XI which played the MCC at Lord’s in two one-day matches. In 1891 Glamorgan secured a plum fund-raising friendly with Gloucestershire, so Jack made contact with his old college chum to invite him to play against the West Country side at the Arms Park in what proved to be his sole appearance for the Welsh county.
The following year, Batty entered Holy Orders and subsequently became curate of various parishes in Yorkshire and Durham. Nevertheless, he still found plenty of time to play in local cricket in Northern England, before moving back to the Home Counties in 1911 where he served as Rector of West Hackney, and then from 1919 Rector of Chingford. In 1918 and 1919 he played at Lord’s for the Clergy against both the Australians and the Royal Artillery. He subsequently moved to Suffolk in 1924 where he became Rector of Redgrave.
BATTY, Rev. Arthur Montague (
Born – Kensington, 11 July 1868.
Died – Hove, 26 December 1938.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendlies – 9* and 1/10 v Gloucestershire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1891.