William Fantham      

Full name William Ernest Fantham

Born May 14, 1918, Birmingham, Warwickshire

Died April 16, 2006 (aged 87 years 337 days)

Major teams Warwickshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 63 103 12 1168 51 12.83 0 3 33 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 63 5258 2907 64 5/55 45.42 3.31 82.1 2 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1935 - 1948

William Fantham arrived at Edgbaston in the mid 1930s as legspinner, but Eric Hollies told him that there was only room for one such bowler, and so Fantham became an offspinner, a decision he later regretted. He struggled to break into the side, but eventually did so in 1938 before his progress was halted by the war. In 1946 he was an ever present, taking 37 wickets including a career-best 5 for 55 against Somerset. Although he played 16 matches in 1947, he hardly bowled, and he was released at the end of the following summer. He went on to represent Mitchells & Butlers in the Birmingham League and also played as a pro in the Coventry League.
Martin Williamson