Full name Thomas Walker
Born November 16, 1762, Churt, Surrey
Died March 1, 1831, Chiddingfold, Surrey (aged 68 years 105 days)
Major teams Hampshire, Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow (underarm)
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
Relation Brother - H Walker
|First-class debut||White Conduit Club v Kent XI at Islington, Jun 22-24, 1786 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Captain Blagrave's XI v Colonel Byng's XI at Lord's (Old), Aug 13-15, 1810 scorecard|
Thomas Walker is credited with being the first person to experiment with round-arm bowling in the 1780s, and he also was the first "lobbing slow bowler" according to Billy Beldham. He was undoubtedly able to bowl fast - Beldham said that a law was passed against "jerking" because of Walker's "frightful pace". Beldham thought little of his batting either - "he was a tedious fellow to bowl at ... and the slowest runner between wickets I have ever seen." It was said that David Harris once bowled 170 balls at him and conceded one run.
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