Decade Review 2009

Frank Woolley      

Full name Frank Edward Woolley

Born May 27, 1887, Tonbridge, Kent

Died October 18, 1978, Chester, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (aged 91 years 144 days)

Major teams England, Kent

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium, Slow left-arm orthodox

Frank Edward Woolley
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 64 98 7 3283 154 36.07 5 23 15 64 0
First-class 978 1530 84 58959 305* 40.77 145 295 1018 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 64 87 6495 2815 83 7/76 10/49 33.91 2.60 78.2 1 4 1
First-class 978 94949 41058 2066 8/22 19.87 2.59 45.9 132 28
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 9-11, 1909 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 18-22, 1934 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1906 - 1938

Wisden obituary
Frank Edward Woolley, who died aged 91, was beyond doubt one of the finest and most elegant left-handed all-rounders of all time. In a first-class career extending from 1906 to 1938 he hit 58,969 runs - a total exceeded only by Sir Jack Hobbs - including 145 centuries, to average 40.75; he took 2,066 wickets for 19.87 runs each, and he held 1,018 catches, mainly at slip, a record which remains unsurpassed.

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May 1, 1963

Peter Marner receives the Man-of-the-Match award from Frank Woolley. He was the first man to receive such an award and he got it for making 121 and taking 3 for 49, Lancashire v Leicestershire, Old Trafford, Gillette Cup preliminary round, May 1,1963

Peter Marner receives the Man-of-the-Match award from Frank Woolley

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His majesty King George VI attended the match between Surrey and a team of Old England on the-of the celebration of the Surrey centenary at the Oval. The King is enjoying a  laugh with Percy Fender, Maurice Tate, Patsy Hendren and Frank Woolley, The Oval, May 23, 1946

The King meets Old England players at The Oval

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Frank Woolley

Frank Woolley

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1911

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1934

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