William Pickering      

Full name William Percival Pickering

Born October 25, 1819, Clapham, London

Died August 16, 1905, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (aged 85 years 295 days)

Major teams Cambridge Town Club, Cambridge University, Canada and United States of America, Surrey

Nickname Bull

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium (roundarm)

Relation Brother - EH Pickering, Brother - PA Pickering, Nephew - FPU Pickering

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 29 51 5 445 0 9.67 0 17 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI 5w 10
First-class 29 35+ 7 3/? 0 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Oxford University v Cambridge University at Lord's, Jul 8-9, 1840 scorecard
Last First-class Surrey v All England Eleven at The Oval, Aug 7-9, 1848 scorecard

William Pickering's first-class record is hardly outstanding but he was regarded for a time as one of the greatest cover points in the game in, as Wisden noted, "the days when fielding was considered of as much importance as batting and bowling". Nicknamed Bull, to distinguish him at Eton from his older brother, he played for Cambridge and was one of the founding members of I Zingari and Surrey. In 1852 he emigrated to Canada where he continued playing for Montreal and was instrumental in arranging the first major tour by an international team when George Parr led a side of 12 English professionals to North America in 1859. Pickering returned to England for a time, serving on the MCC committee, before moving back to Canada.
Martin Williamson

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