Tom Ball      

Full name Thomas Edward Ball

Born December 3, 1921, Atherton, Queensland

Died January 13, 2002, Cairns, Queensland (aged 80 years 41 days)

Major teams Queensland

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 3 4 1 11 9 3.66 0 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 3 221 8 3/57 27.62 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1946/47 - 1947/48

When the touring team brought to North Queensland by Bill Ives in 1940 played their game against Cairns the local team included a tall young fast bowler, still only eighteen years of age. That player was Tom Ball and with the first ball of the game he obtained the wicket of Jack Walsh who generally batted down the order but was still considered a more than useful batsman at first class level, particularly by English county team Leicestershire for whom he recorded two centuries. Tom's second wicket in that game was a little longer in coming but it was the great Sid Barnes whom he trapped lbw. In the second innings he dismissed Don Watt who opened the innings, and Colin McCool who batted at number three. In the match Tom Ball sent down twenty-five overs to capture four wickets for 88, a very good return against a team that was intent on quick scoring and providing crowd entertainment.

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