Walter Wright      

Full name Walter Wright

Born February 29, 1856, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire

Died March 22, 1940, Leigh, Lancashire (aged 84 years 22 days)

Major teams Kent, Nottinghamshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium

Other Coach

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 289 441 110 4075 127* 12.31 1 136 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 289 53053 19057 976 9/72 19.52 2.15 54.3 60 13
Career statistics
First-class span 1879-1899
Profile

Walter Wright, one of the first bowlers capable of swerving the ball to an appreciable extent, died at Leigh, Lancashire, on March 22, aged 84. Born at Hucknell, he played for Nottinghamshire from 1879 to 1886, for Kent from 1888 to 1899, and finished a long and varied career on the first-class cricket field as umpire. Bowling left-hand above medium pace, with good control of length, he used to trouble most batsmen at the start of an innings. His swerve, then almost a novelty, and speed from the turf rendered him extremely difficult, and he accomplished some remarkable performances. At Trent Bridge he once dismissed six Yorkshiremen for ten runs, and five M.C.C. wickets fell to him for one run on the same ground. During eight seasons when comparatively few first-class county matches were played, he took 193 wickets for Nottinghamshire at 18 runs apiece. His association with the county of his birth ended through some dispute over remuneration for a match with the Australian team of 1886. He then qualified for Kent, and for twelve years enjoyed much success, chiefly when sharing the attack with Nutty Martin, another left-hander of less pace. Before the ground was levelled, these two went through many sides at Moat Park, Maidstone. Wright, with the slope favouring his swerve, made the ball go very fast down-hill; Martin, using the left-hander's natural break-back, afforded a marked contrast--a leg-break to the right-handed batsman. Altogether for Kent, Walter Wright took 725 wickets at less than 20 runs each. Two notable performances against Middlesex, at Canterbury and Lord's, were identical--thirteen wickets for 106 runs in each match. On a third occasion thirteen wickets fell to him, this time at a cost of 150 runs, when Nottinghamshire visited Maidstone in 1895.

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