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John Willes      

Full name John Willes

Born 1778, Headcorn, Kent

Died August 5, 1852, Staunton, near Gloucester (aged 74 years)

Major teams Kent

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 5 7 0 9 5 1.28 0 0 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI 5w 10
First-class 5 0+ 0+ 6 3/? 0 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Gentlemen v Players at Lord's (Old), Jul 7-9, 1806 scorecard
Last First-class Marylebone Cricket Club v Kent XI at Lord's, Jul 15-16, 1822 scorecard
Profile

John Willes is credited with being the first man to bowl round-arm in a first-class match - it was referred to as "straight arm" in contemporary reports - and on July 15, 1822 he was no-balled playing for Kent against MCC at Lord's. he famously threw down the ball in disgust, mounted his horse, and rode out the game forever. But "Silver Billy" Beldham insisted that Willis had not invented the style, merely "revived what was forgotten or new to the young folk" and that "jerking" as it was previously known had plagued cricket in the 1780s until outlawed by the Hambledon club.

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