Full name Peter James Loader
Born October 25, 1929, Wallington, Surrey
Died March 15, 2011 (aged 81 years 141 days)
Major teams England, Surrey, Western Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Other Umpire, Commentator
|Test debut||England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 12-17, 1954 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1958 - Jan 5, 1959 scorecard|
|First-class span||1951 - 1963/64|
|List A span||1963 - 1963|
Peter Loader was a member of the all-conquering Surrey side of the 1950s, opening the bowling with Alec Bedser before Jim Laker and Tony Lock did their stuff. Tall, with a long run, he swung the ball late, had a dangerous bouncer and used variations in pace to great effect - the only blemish was the occasional murmur over his faster ball. In almost any other era he would have played far more than the 13 times he did, but he was kept out the reckoning by England's proliferation of fast bowlers during his career. But he earned his place in history when he took England's first post-war hat-trick against West Indies at Leeds on his way to 6 for 36, his only five-wicket haul in Tests. He exceeded 100 wickets in a season seven times, toured Australia in 1954-55 and 1958-59, and twice took nine wickets in an innings. After retirement he emigrated to Australia, establishing a successful haulage business as well as carving a niche as a broadcaster.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1958
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