Bill Fairservice      

Full name William John Fairservice

Born May 16, 1881, Nunhead, London

Died June 26, 1971, Canterbury, Kent (aged 90 years 41 days)

Major teams Kent

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak

Other Coach

Relation Son - C Fairservice

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 302 419 96 4939 61* 15.29 0 9 164 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 302 44889 19419 859 7/44 22.60 2.59 52.2 39 7
Career statistics
First-class span 1902 - 1921

William John Fairservice, who died on June 26, aged 90, played as a professional off-break bowler of medium pace for Kent from 1902 to 1921. In normal circumstances, he could well have achieved greater fame; but, with such noted bowlers as Colin Blythe and Frank Woolley as team-mates, his opportunities were limited. Not till after the First World War, indeed, did he command a regular place in the county side and the only season in which he took 100 wickets was that of 1920. That summer he dismissed 113 batsmen at a cost of 17.46 runs apiece, showing his ability on rain-affected pitches by earning match-figures of 10 wickets for 58 runs against Surrey at Blackheath and nine wickets for 62 runs against Worcestershire at Tonbridge.

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