Harold Gimblett      

Full name Harold Gimblett

Born October 19, 1914, Bicknoller, Somerset

Died March 30, 1978, Dewlands Park, Verwood, Dorset (aged 63 years 162 days)

Major teams England, Somerset

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Harold Gimblett
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 5 1 129 67* 32.25 0 1 1 1 0
First-class 368 673 37 23007 310 36.17 50 122 247 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 368 3949 2124 41 4/10 51.80 3.22 96.3 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 27-30, 1936 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 24-27, 1939 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1935-1954
Profile

To watch Harold Gimblett bat in the years immediately before and after the war was a delight. His debut was straight out of Boys' Own - he smashed 123 in 65 minutes - and within a year his hitting had become the stuff of folklore and he had been picked for England. He played the game "vividly, sturdily, and above all gallantly" (G Moorhouse), his character being shown by hitting three sixes from an over during which his partner appealed against the light. But he was dogged by mental problems which left him a tortured soul, and in the end the pressure all got too much for him and he quit mid season. He committed suicide in 1978.
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Harold Gimblett

Harold Gimblett

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Jun 27, 1936

Harold Gimblett on the attack, 1936

Harold Gimblett on the attack

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May 11, 1936

Harold Gimblett of Somerset

Harold Gimblett

© PA Photos

Notes

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1935

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1953

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