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Barry Stead      

Full name Barry Stead

Born June 21, 1939, Leeds, Yorkshire

Died April 15, 1980, Drighlington, Yorkshire (aged 40 years 299 days)

Major teams Essex, Northern Transvaal, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium

Barry Stead
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 232 253 77 2166 58 12.30 0 59 0
List A 158 107 31 764 35* 10.05 0 0 26 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 232 37939 18318 653 8/44 28.05 2.89 58.0 24 2
List A 158 7885 4635 200 5/26 5/26 23.17 3.52 39.4 5 3 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1959-1976
List A span 1966-1978

For almost two decades one of the most riveting sights in county cricket was the frantic, scuttling approach to the crease of fast-medium left-arm bowler Barry Stead, news of whose death from cancer on April 15 saddened the cricket community. He was 40. Born in Leeds, Stead had a dramatic debut for his native county, taking 7 for 76 against the 1959 Indians at Bradford. One further appearance for Yorkshire followed, but in 1960 and 1961 he played for Combined Services and then joined Nottinghamshire, whom he was to serve regularly until 1976, the year of his benefit. Capped in 1969, when he was top wicket-taker with 71, he returned the best figures of his career three years later, when Somerset were demolished for 107, Stead 8 for 44 (including a hat-trick - Virgin, Cooper and Close), the other two wickets falling to Sobers. Stead's match figures were 12 for 111, and that season he went on to head the Notts bowling with 93 wickets at 20.33. In 1973 his 49 Championship wickets were the most for the county, too, and after having waited for several years to establish himself, he was now a game, willing and valuable member of the attack. Cricket was Barry Stead's life, and in 1975-76 he followed the sun to South Africa, playing for Northern Transvaal. And as the Rice-Hadlee era dawned at Trent Bridge, and Stead's pace began to wane, he enjoyed some league cricket. Not always, perhaps, the luckiest of cricketers, he was called back by an injury-hit Notts in 1978 and had the desperate fortune to miss a difficult, lofted catch from Lancashire's Jack Simmons which decided the John Player League match before the eyes of millions of television-viewers. Through his discomfiture, characteristically he managed a wide and ruddy grin. Recently he ran a pub in Drighlington with great warmth and hospitality, taking time off last year and the year before to help the English Press XI in its annual labours in the 'Press Test' at Harrogate. In 1978 one of his pull shots on the small practice ground shattered a plate-glass front door. Again, the flush and the toothy grin.
Wisden Cricket Monthly

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Aug 25, 1970

Barry Stead

Barry Stead

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