Billy Bates      

Full name Willie Bates

Born November 19, 1855, Lascelles Hall, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Died January 8, 1900, Lepton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (aged 44 years 50 days)

Major teams England, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Willie Bates
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 15 26 2 656 64 27.33 0 5 4 9 0
First-class 299 495 20 10249 144* 21.57 10 47 238 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 15 23 2364 821 50 7/28 14/102 16.42 2.08 47.2 2 4 1
First-class 299 61033 14979 874 8/21 17.13 1.47 69.8 52 10
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 31, 1881 - Jan 4, 1882 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 25-Mar 1, 1887 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1877-1887
Profile

The tragic Willie Bates, whose luminous career was cut short by a freak injury in Australia in 1887-88. Bates was bowling his offspinners in the nets when a straight-drive hit him in the face, damaging his eyesight so badly that he never played first-class cricket again. After that, he became depressed and attempted suicide. Bates took 50 wickets in 15 Tests (all of which he played in Australia) at a startling average of 16.42. His finest hour came at Melbourne in 1882-83, when he took 7 for 28 (including the first Test hat-trick by an Englishman) and 7 for 74 as England hammered Australia by an innings. As a batsman he made ten first-class hundreds, and was good enough to open for England. He died in Yorkshire in 1900, aged only 45.
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1880

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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