Full name William Evans Midwinter
Born June 19, 1851, Lower Meend, St Briavels, Gloucestershire, England
Died December 3, 1890, Yarra Bend, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 39 years 167 days)
Major teams Australia, England, Gloucestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 25-Mar 1, 1887 scorecard|
|First-class span||1874/75 - 1886/87|
Billy Midwinter, who played Test cricket for both England and Australia, was a sound batsman and useful medium-pacer, was born in Gloucestershire, but after emigrating he made his Test debut against England, in the inaugural Test at Melbourne in 1876-77. He played eight Tests for Australia, either side of his four appearances for England, which came in Australia in 1881-82. Midwinter was famously kidnapped by WG Grace in 1878, when he was due to play for Australia against Middlesex, but was instead taken to play for Gloucestershire against Surrey at The Oval. He suffered mental problems after the death of his wife and two children, and died in an asylum in Melbourne in 1890.
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