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Bill Hitch      

Full name John William Hitch

Born May 7, 1886, Radcliffe, Lancashire

Died July 7, 1965, Rumney, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales (aged 79 years 61 days)

Major teams England, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Umpire, Coach

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 10 3 103 51* 14.71 0 1 1 4 0
First-class 350 480 51 7643 107 17.81 3 32 230 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 9 462 325 7 2/31 2/54 46.42 4.22 66.0 0 0 0
First-class 350 56917 29915 1387 8/38 21.56 3.15 41.0 101 24
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 30, 1911 - Jan 3, 1912 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 13-16, 1921 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1907-1925
Umpiring statistics
Test debut India v England at Mumbai, Dec 15-18, 1933 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 13-16, 1935 scorecard
Test matches 4
Test statistics
Profile

Bill Hitch - known to his followers at The Oval as Billitch - was famous for his unusual, hopping run-up. On his day he was genuinely fast - he once sent a bail flying 55 yards - a lusty lower-order hitter who love nothing more than launching balls out of The Oval, and, in the era before protective clothing, a brilliant and fearless short-leg fielder. He started his career in Cambridgeshire before being spotted by Tom Hayward and signed by Surrey. He toured Australia twice with MCC - in 1911-12 and 1920-21 - without any real success, and his seven Test appearances did not do justice to his ability. In his final Test, against Australia at The Oval in 1921, he cracked 51 in 40 minutes. His best season for Surrey was in 1913 when he took 174 wickets at 18.55. But his hitting is what entertained the crowds. In 1919 at Trent Bridge he hammered 74 in 35 minutes; in 1913 he scored 53 and 68 for the Players against the Gentlemen, including seven sixes; in his benefit match in 1921 he bludgeoned 71 in 50 minutes against Kent. After leaving Surrey he played at Tormorden in the Lancashire League for four seasons, taking 289 wickets at 11.62. He later coached Glamorgan before taking a position with a south Wales company - he continued playing for the works side until he was 60.
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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1914

Tour Results
South Africa v Pakistan at Benoni - Mar 24, 2013
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
South Africa v Pakistan at Durban - Mar 21, 2013
Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
South Africa v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Mar 17, 2013
South Africa won by 34 runs
South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion - Mar 15, 2013
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining) (D/L method)
South Africa v Pakistan at Bloemfontein - Mar 10, 2013
South Africa won by 125 runs
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