Henry William ‘Harry’ Parks was born 18 July 1906. Harry was a right-handed batsman whose first-class career with Sussex lasted from 1926 to 1948.
In 483 matches he scored 21,725 runs at an average of 33.57, with 42 centuries and a highest score of 200, He scored 1000 runs in a season 14 times, with a best of 2,122 in 1947. Before the Second World War he was a middle-order batsman, but after it he became John Langridge’s opening partner.
He was a member of a notable cricketing family, being the brother of Jim Parks senior and the uncle of Jim Parks junior. He stood as a first-class umpire in 1949 and 1950, and played one match for the Commonwealth XI in India in 1949-50, his last first-class match.