Charlie Hallows      

Full name Charles Hallows

Born April 4, 1895, Little Lever, Lancashire

Died November 10, 1972, Bolton, Lancashire (aged 77 years 220 days)

Major teams England, Lancashire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Charles Hallows
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 2 1 42 26 42.00 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 383 586 66 20926 233* 40.24 55 94 142 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 383 1583 750 19 3/28 39.47 2.84 83.3 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Manchester, Jul 23-26, 1921 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 23-26, 1928 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1914-1928
Profile

Wisden obituary
Charlie Hallows, who died on November 10, was renowned in the 1920s in every North country home of cricket. He succeeded to the great Lancashire county tradition of opening batsmen - Hornby and Barlow, MacLaren and Ward, MacLaren and Spooner, then, after the 1914-18 war, Makepeace and Hallows, Hallows and Watson. In the summer of 1928 in consecutive games Hallows and Watson opened a Lancashire innings with scores of 200, 202, 107, 118, and accomplished first-wicket partnerships during this same season twelve times amounting to 100, four of those to 200. Charles Hallows, nephew of James Hallows, a superb all-round player in the MacLaren high noon, first came into the Lancashire XI in 1919, and soon established himself. He was a left-handed batsman who combined great obstinacy with recurrent strokes of rare style, ease, and mastery. His straightdrives were classic. But, in his period, Lancashire batsmen put forward their finest strokes according to the plan of campaign mapped whenever Lancashire won the toss on a good wicket. The plan envisaged 300 runs on the first day, enough, as a rule, to give scope for pushing home to victory by bowlers as top-class as Parkin, McDonald, Richard Tyldesley, Hopwood. Harry Makepeace was the tactical power behind the throne. If the occasion happened to be Lancashire v Yorkshire at Old Trafford - gates closed at 11 am first day - and if Lancashire had won the toss in dry weather, the Makepeace dictate was: `Now, lads, wicket's lovely. No fours before lunch!' In those years a score of 300 in a day was considered tedious. I often `slated' Lancashire, in my reports, for such `slow' play; I often `slated' Hallows if he scored a century in four, or three-and-a-half, hours. I did not know, in the 1920s and 1930s, what was coming to us. Today, Charles Hallows would be my first or second choice, were I a selector, as opening batsman for England. In 1928 he compiled 1000 runs in a single month - May. In his career he scored 55 centuries, two in one match. But only twice was he chosen to play for England in Test matches - at Old Trafford in 1921, when he batted merely to put an end to a draw with Australia; and in 1928, at Lord's against West Indies, when, in first, he scored 26. Hobbs and Sutcliffe barred the front entrance of the England innings for years. Before radio and television blew the bubble of cricketers' reputations, the name of Charles Hallows was a household word in the North. He played in great company - Rhodes, Macaulay, Sutcliffe, Leyland, Makepeace, Ernest Tyldesley, Parkin, Percy Holmes. In a Lancashire v Yorkshire engagement of Hallows' epoch you would see a dozen Test cricketers in action - seven or eight in the same Lancashire XI. Hallows stood erect in the several circumstances of comparison. Also, he could break a partnership by left-arm bowling of graceful rhythm. I think he had the potentiality of a spin bowler. He preferred to go in first for Lancashire, to defend with a quite fascinating, sometimes exasperating, compound of dourness and lithe, effortless power and brilliance of strokeplay.
The Cricketer, January 1973

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1928

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