Richard Wardill      

Full name Richard Wilson Wardill

Born November 3, 1840, Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Died August 17, 1873, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 32 years 287 days)

Major teams Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium (roundarm)

Relation Brother - BJ Wardill

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 10 17 2 381 110 25.40 1 1 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 10 84 8 3/23 10.50 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1861/62 - 1872/73

Richard Wardill's career was uneventful other than his innings of 110 for Victoria against New South Wales at the MCG on Boxing Day in 1867. It was the first hundred recorded in first-class cricket. A little over five years later he committed suicide by throwing himself into the River Yarra after he had been discovered embezzling thousands of dollars from his employers to cover share and gambling debts. He agreed to go with his employer to the police and on the way asked to call at his home so he could explain all to his family. He slipped out the back door and from there went to the river.
Martin Williamson