Alfred Shaw      

Full name Alfred Shaw

Born August 29, 1842, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire

Died January 16, 1907, Gedling, Nottinghamshire (aged 64 years 140 days)

Major teams England, Nottinghamshire, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow

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Alfred Shaw
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 7 12 1 111 40 10.09 0 0 7 0 4 0
First-class 404 630 101 6585 88 12.44 0 12 368 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 7 10 1096 285 12 5/38 8/89 23.75 1.56 91.3 0 1 0
First-class 404 101967 24577 2027 10/73 12.12 1.44 50.3 177 44
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 10-14, 1882 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1864 - 1897

Wisden obituary
Alred Shaw, after a long illness, died at his home, Gedling, near Nottingham, on January 16th. In him there passed away one of the greatest figures in modern cricket. His connection with the game lasted more than forty years, only ending in 1905, when, despite shattered health, he managed somehow to get through his duties as one of the umpires in county matches. It was felt, however, that he no longer possessed the strength for the work, and when the county captains met at Lord's to select the umpires for the following season, his name was omitted from the list. Born at Burton Joyce on August 29th, 1842, Alfred Shaw played his first match at Lord's in 1864 for the Colts of England against the M. C. C. and Ground. The Colts were beaten by ten runs, but Shaw did great things, taking thirteen wickets and dividing the honours of the game with the late William Oscroft, who,also appearing at Lord's for the first time, scored 51 and 76. Both men were at once given places in the Notts eleven, and in the following year Alfred Shaw had the distinction of being picked for Players against Gentlemen, both at Lord's and the Oval. In this early part of his career Shaw's bowling was faster than in later years, and he was essentially an all-round man. Indeed, so good was his batting that in the Gentlemen and Players' match at the Oval in 1866 he made a score of 70. His great days began about 1870 or 1871. With a decrease of speed he got far more spin and break on the ball, and from 1872 to 1880 he was, beyond all question, the best slow bowler in England. After his first trip to Australia he was laid aside in the season of 1877 by a severe attack of bronchitis, but otherwise his success was uninterrupted. After being on the M. C. C.'s ground staff from 1865 to 1867, inclusive, he had a year with the All Egland Eleven, but in 1870, he returned to Lord's, and for the M. C. C. and Notts most of his best work was done. His position as the leading bowler of his day once established he paid less regard to batting, contending that no bowler who wished to remain for any length of time at his best ought to get many runs. For his self-denial in this respect he was well rewarded, his form with the ball being uniformly good till he was close upon forty years of age.

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May 2, 1880

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The England cricket team in 1880. Left to right: James Lillywhite, John Selby, Alfred Shaw, George Ulyett, Lord Harris, Walter Gilbert, Harry Jupp, Albert Hornby, W.G Grace, Bunny Lucas, G.F Grace, William Oscroft, Allan Gibson Steel, Ted Pooley, Richard Daft, Alexander Webbe, Tom Emmett, Billy Bates, Ephraim Lockwood, Richard Pilling and Fred Morley.

The England cricket team in 1880

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