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Full name William Attewell
Born June 12, 1861, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
Died June 11, 1927, Long Eaton, Derbyshire (aged 65 years 364 days)
Major teams England, Nottinghamshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 12-16, 1884 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Adelaide, Mar 24-28, 1892 scorecard|
A cricketer of considerable accomplishments, William Attewell (known as Dick to his team-mates) was best known as a bowler of unremitting accuracy and length. He bowled at medium pace, varying pace, flight and spin cleverly, and rarely bowled a loose ball. He used his abilities to perfect "off theory", popular in the 1890s, where he frustrated the batsman by bowling wide of the off stump to a packed off-side field. He was a fine fielder in the covers, and a more than useful batsman with a first-class century to his name (and a double hundred for MCC v Northumberland). A Nottinghamshire man, he came into the county side in 1881, and rarely left it until his retirement nineteen years later. He took 100 wickets in a season ten times, and toured Australia three times, most successfully in 1887-8.
After retirement he became a first-class umpire, and later the professional at Shrewsbury School, where a young Neville Cardus was his assistant. His brother Thomas also played briefly for Nottinghamshire (DL, 2000).
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1892
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