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William Walker      

Full name William Holden Walker

Born December 16, 1835, Islington, London, England

Died June 14, 1886, Hobart, Tasmania (aged 50 years 180 days)

Major teams Tasmania

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler (underarm)

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 2 4 0 73 27 18.25 0 0 3 1
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 2 91 5 3/20 18.20 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1872/73 - 1877/78

Following in the footsteps of another pioneer in John Marshall, William Holden Walker was one of the leading forces behind the establishment of the sport of cricket in Tasmania. Born at Islington in England on 16 December 1835, Walker was a prominent player before moving to Tasmania in 1859. In a short space of time he became Tasmania's foremost cricketer - a reality underlined when he scored 60 in the 1860 North-South game. At that stage, his score was the highest ever registered in such matches. He bowled right arm underarm and was the last bowler of this kind to play for Tasmania. During the 1875-76 season he won the bowling average taking sixty wickets at 8.47 and perplexing many batsmen of the time. Not only could he both bat and bowl but he also kept wicket, and did so with a large amount of skill. Despite his array of abilities, he was remembered mostly as a captain - a shrewd tactician who was cool in a crisis and had the magical knack of inspiring those around him. He impressed in representative games and was often the shining light of a rather dismal Tasmanian side - despite the fact that his team was beaten by an innings by Victoria in 1866, for instance, he still top scored and claimed 5/32. He also had the distinction of hitting the great W.G. Grace for six and, despite his teams' poor performances, he still led from the front and battled on bravely. His all-round talents made him one of the finest cricketers of his time. (Thomas Rose, June 2000)


Tasmania First-Class Career Span: 1872-78