Decade Review 2009

Willie Quaife      

Full name William George Quaife

Born March 17, 1872, Newhaven, Sussex

Died October 13, 1951, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Warwickshire (aged 79 years 210 days)

Major teams England, Griqualand West, London County, Warwickshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

William George Quaife
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 13 1 228 68 19.00 0 1 0 4 0
First-class 719 1203 185 36012 255* 35.37 72 163 354 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 1 15 6 0 - - - 2.40 - 0 0 0
First-class 719 52080 25443 931 7/76 27.32 2.93 55.9 32 2
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Leeds, Jun 29-Jul 1, 1899 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 28-Mar 4, 1902 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1894-1928
Profile

William Quaife was a solid yet stylish middle-order batsman who served Warwickshire unstintingly for more than three decades ( he joined them after one season at Sussex) scoring 1000 runs in a season no fewer than 25 times. Sadly, he never reproduced this form for England. He was also a more than capable legspinner - although his action was cause for concern - and an outstanding cover fielder. He was also one of the smallest Test cricketers. His exact height was never confirmed - even his son was unsure - but most contemporaries put it between 5" 2' and 5" 5'. In 1928, aged 56, he made 115 in his final innings for Warwickshire - he had registered exactly the same score on his debut for the county 35 years earlier. In retirement he became a cricket bat manufacturer.
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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1902

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