Full name: Charles Beachey Beachcroft (Kay-)
Other name(s): Charles Beachey Kay
Born: 1870 in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Devon & Somerset Wanderers, Castle Cary (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Charles Beachcroft was the opening bat for Exeter in 1900 and he also played for a local team called Starcross. As the captain he opened the batting with Arthur Birkett against the French and scored 23 runs in the first innings. In the second innings he scored 54 before being run out and therefore made a considerable contribution to the British win.
Beachcroft was born Charles Beachey Kay and was the son of a Manchester vicar who died when Charles was just seven. In 1896 Kay, who was married with four children, ran away from Devon to London with a 17-year-old girl, and whilst in London they lived as 'Mr & Mrs Beachcroft'. Kay was charged with abduction but was found not guilty after he told the court he would marry the girl after he obtained his divorce. He kept to his word and later that year he married again but using the name Charles Beachey Kay Beachcroft.
At the time of the Paris tournament, Beachcroft was the landlord of the Royal Hotel, Dawlish, but the business failed in 1901 when he was declared bankrupt.
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