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Full name Thomas Walker
Born April 3, 1854, Mill Green, Holbeck, Leeds, Yorkshire
Died August 28, 1925, Roundhay, Leeds, Yorkshire (aged 71 years 147 days)
Major teams Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Thomas Walker is credited with being the first person to experiment with round-arm bowling in the 1780s, and he also was the first "lobbing slow bowler" according to Billy Beldham. He was undoubtedly able to bowl fast - Beldham said that a law was passed against "jerking" because of Walker's "frightful pace". Beldham thought little of his batting either - "he was a tedious fellow to bowl at ... and the slowest runner between wickets I have ever seen." It was said that David Harris once bowled 170 balls at him and conceded one run.
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