Tom Walker      

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

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 176 333 19 6043 138 19.24 6 21 116 6
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI 5w 10
First-class 176 0+ 0+ 281 6/? 4 0
Career statistics
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
Profile

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.
Martin Williamson

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Northants at Chester-le-Street - Sep 15-17
Durham won by an innings and 219 runs
Hampshire v Kent at Southampton - Sep 15-18
Kent 507 Hampshire 351 & 110/1 (f/o)
Notts v Sussex at Nottingham - Sep 15-18
Sussex 391 & 244/3 Notts 413
Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton - Sep 15-18
Somerset 523/9d Middlesex 223 & 140/1 (f/o)
Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval - Sep 15-17
Derbyshire won by 8 wickets
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