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Tom Walker      

Full name Thomas Walker

Born November 16, 1762, Churt, Surrey

Died March 1, 1831, Chiddingfold, Surrey (aged 68 years 105 days)

Major teams Hampshire, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow (underarm)

Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Relation Brother - H Walker

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 176 333 19 6043 138 19.24 6 21 116 6
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave SR 5w 10
First-class 176 0+ 0+ 281 6/? 0.00* 0.0* 4 0
Career statistics
First-class debut White Conduit Club v Kent XI at Islington, Jun 22-24, 1786 scorecard
Last First-class Captain Blagrave's XI v Colonel Byng's XI at Lord's (Old), Aug 13-15, 1810 scorecard
Profile

Thomas Walker is credited with being the first person to experiment with round-arm bowling in the 1780s, and he also was the first "lobbing slow bowler" according to Billy Beldham. He was undoubtedly able to bowl fast - Beldham said that a law was passed against "jerking" because of Walker's "frightful pace". Beldham thought little of his batting either - "he was a tedious fellow to bowl at ... and the slowest runner between wickets I have ever seen." It was said that David Harris once bowled 170 balls at him and conceded one run.
Martin Williamson

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 & 166/3 (44.5 ov) Durham 447
Sussex v Derbyshire at Hove - May 28-31
Derbyshire 150 & 195/6 (74 ov) Sussex 447/8d
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 Gloucs 286/6 (94.5 ov)
Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds - May 29-Jun 1
Yorkshire 308 & 114/6 (47 ov) Lancashire 196
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