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Ned Willsher      

Full name Edgar Willsher

Born November 22, 1828, Little Halden Farm, Rolvenden, Kent

Died October 7, 1885, Lewisham, London (aged 56 years 319 days)

Major teams Kent

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast (roundarm)

Relation Brother - W Willsher

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 267 473 63 5089 89 12.41 0 233 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 267 16493+ 1329 8/16 12.68* 107 30
Career statistics
First-class debut Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 11-12, 1850 scorecard
Last First-class 1875
Profile

Ned Willsher was a tall and slim fast bowler - whose feats were more remarkable as he only had one lung - whose place in cricket history was assured when in 1862 he challenged the existing rules regarding the bowler's arm, deliberately bowling overarm at The Oval and being no-balled six times in succession by umpire John Lillywhite. Willsher and the other eight professionals in the England team walked off and play ended for the day and the MCC soon reworked the rules to allow overarm bowling. In 1868 he led a side on a tour of Canada and the United States.
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