Full name William Storer
Born January 25, 1867, Butterley, Derbyshire
Died February 28, 1912, Derby (aged 45 years 34 days)
Major teams England, Derbyshire, London County
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 13-17, 1897 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 1-3, 1899 scorecard|
|First-class span||1887 - 1900|
Bill Storer was the first wicketkeeper to regularly stand up to quick bowlers, although he bent rather than squatted and was almost upright at the point of taking the ball. Unlike other most contemporary keepers, he was a capable batsman who twice averaged more than fifty in a season, and once scored hundreds in both innings of a match (the first professional to do so) against Yorkshire. He was also a more than capable legspinner when he could persuade others to don the pads. He was unfortunate in that his career coincided with that of Warwickshire's Dick Lilley, and he played only six Tests between 1897-98 and 1899. He retired in 1900 aged only 33. He also played football for Derby County.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1899
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