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John Atkinson Pendlington (1861 - 1914)

John Atkinson Pendlington was the inventor of a linear scoring system for cricket before 1893. Pendlington was born in South Shields in 1861. He played cricket for the Tyne Dock Cricket Club and later for Benwell Cricket Club in the Northumberland League. Pendlington co-established Tyneside Electrical Supply Company in 1893, which later became the British Electrical and Manufacturing Company of Newcastle and London. He died in 1914 and is buried at St James's Church in Benwell. Pendlington is commemorated on a blue plaque on the Centre for Sports on West Road (the former site of the West Turnpike Cricket Ground, where Benwell Cricket Club played from 1886 to 1921).

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John Atkinson Pendlington
- "John Atkinson Pendlington (September 1861 – 15 January 1914) was the inventor of a linear scoring system for cricket before 1893. Unlike conventional scoring systems, the linear system shows balls …

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- The Journal13 Dec 2021TONY HENDERSON: "CRICKET lover John Atkinson Pendlington was one of life’s all-rounders. He was one of the founders of a pioneering Tyneside electrical company, a noted Shakespearean …

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