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Bill Parry      

Full name William Robert Parry

Born June 28, 1890, Bangor, Caernarvonshire

Died July 9, 1955, Taunton, Somerset (aged 65 years 11 days)

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William Robert Parry
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 21-24, 1928 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 16-22, 1930 scorecard
Test matches 5
Test statistics
Profile

Bill Parry umpired in five Tests between 1928 and 1930, including the decisive Ashes Test which was his last, and was on the first-class list between 1926 and 1934 and although reappointed in 1935 he withdrew in May to pursue business interests. Based in Devon, he emerged as a leading Minor County umpire in the early 1920s and was a recognisable figure because of his peculiar stance behind the stumps, a legacy of his losing a leg in the war. In 1927 his artificial leg was shattered as he lost his footing moving swiftly to judge a run-out in a Yorkshire-Gloucestershire game, sustaining a fracture to the remains of his amputated limb which caused him to miss three months of the season. He stood in a handful of Somerset matches after the war but by that time his health was failing him. His son recalled: "He said he could surprise bowlers by calling no ball the split second the ball left the bowlers hand, as he used a melodic method to listen to the run up."
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1935

Umpire Bill Parry looks on as Harold Larwood bowls, 1935

Umpire Bill Parry looks on as Harold Larwood bowls

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Jun 1930

Umpires Joe Hardstaff and Bill Parry, England v Australia, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, June 13-17, 1930

Umpires Joe Hardstaff and Bill Parry

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Northants v Essex at Northampton - May 28-31
Northants 444 & 75/5 (25 ov) Essex 640
Notts v Durham at Nottingham - May 28-31
Notts 534 & 289/5 (64 ov) Durham 447
Sussex v Derbyshire at Hove - May 28-31
Sussex won by 10 wickets
Kent v Leics at Canterbury - May 29-Jun 1
Leics 341 Kent 117/2 (44 ov)
Middlesex v Hampshire at Northwood - May 29-Jun 1
Middlesex 467/3d Hampshire 131 & 62/3 (20 ov) (f/o)
Worcs v Gloucs at Worcester - May 29-Jun 1
Worcs 439 & 93/3 (24.1 ov) Gloucs 364/6d
Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds - May 29-Jun 1
Yorkshire 308 & 236 Lancashire 196 & 2/0 (1.5 ov, target 349)
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