Alan Walker      

Full name Alan Keith Walker

Born October 4, 1925, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales

Died June 19, 2005, Balgowah Heights, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 79 years 258 days)

Major teams New South Wales, Nottinghamshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast

Alan Keith Walker
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 94 118 26 1603 73 17.42 0 8 37 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 94 6072 221 7/56 27.47 9 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1948/49 - 1958

Alan Keith Walker, who died on June 18, 2005, aged 79, was a whippy left-arm bowler who could be "very, very fast when the mood took him", according to his New South Wales team-mate Richie Benaud. Some had reservations about the legitimacy of his action, which featured an unusual approach to the crease with left wrist cocked behind head. Walker toured South Africa in 1949-50, taking 25 wickets at 20.24 outside the Tests, but found himself behind Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller and Bill Johnston in the pecking order. He had made his Shield debut the previous season following some startling performances in Sydney grade cricket, including seven for eight and seven for six in one match for Manly against Cumberland. Walker never did make it into the Test side, and tried his luck in the Lancashire League after missing out on selection for the 1953 Ashes tour. After three years with Rawtenstall he was signed up by Nottinghamshire, taking 55 wickets in 1956. The following season started strangely, as he took seven for 56 against Middlesex at Lord's before going down with mumps and missing the rest of the game - and the next month's cricket too. In 1958 he was hampered by a shoulder injury suffered while playing rugby league for Leigh, and returned to Australia. He had taken a hat-trick in only his fifth match, against Queensland at Sydney in 1948-49, and bettered that in his first county season, with four in four balls at Leicester in 1956, when he dismissed the last man in the first innings and started the second with a hat-trick. Walker was also an outstanding rugby union player, who led the try-scoring with 19 on the Wallabies' 1947-48 tour of Britain and France, when he scored a memorable 70-yard try against England at Twickenham.
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Aug 7, 1956

Alan Walker bowls at The Oval, Nottinghamshire v Surrey, The Oval, August 7, 1956

Alan Walker bowls at The Oval

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