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Full name William Robert de la Cour Shirley
Born October 13, 1900, Marylebone, London
Died April 23, 1970, Bognor Regis, Sussex (aged 69 years 192 days)
Major teams Nigeria, Cambridge University, Hampshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
William Shirley, who died on April 25, aged 69, was in the Eton XI from 1917 to 1919, taking part in the one-day games with Harrow and Winchester in the first two years and in the big match at Lord's in the last. He got his Blue at Cambridge in 1924, when he helped T. C. Lowry's team to beat Oxford by nine wickets. A useful batsman and bowler, he played for Hampshire from 1922 to 1925. His highest innings for the county was 90 from the Glamorgan bowling at Southampton in 1922. That season he played in the extraordinary match at Edgbaston where Hampshire, dismissed for 15 in the first innings and compelled to follow on 203 behind, hit up 521 and in the end triumphed over Warwickshire by 155 runs.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Shirley lived in Nigeria between 1928 and 1938 and played five internationals for them against the Gold Coast, scoring 350 runs at 43.75 and taking 21 wickets at 15.00
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