Bill Bell      

Full name William Bell

Born September 5, 1931, Dunedin, Otago

Died July 23, 2002, Auckland (aged 70 years 321 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Canterbury

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 3 21 21* - 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 21 33 16 170 22 10.00 0 0 15 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 4 491 235 2 1/54 2/136 117.50 2.87 245.5 0 0 0
First-class 21 3451 1783 44 4/31 40.52 3.09 78.4 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v New Zealand at Cape Town, Jan 1-5, 1954 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v New Zealand at Port Elizabeth, Feb 5-9, 1954 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949-1959
Profile

Wisden Obituary
Bell, William, who died in Auckland on July 23, 2002, aged 70, played two Tests for New Zealand in South Africa in 1953-54. He bowled leg-spin and came into the reckoning for that tour because Alex Moir was out of favour with the selectors. "Players like Bell," wrote the former Auckland leg-spinner Raoul Garrard, "have apparently been chosen only because we must have bowlers of their type." At the time Bill Bell had taken only 11 wickets in his five games for Canterbury and Auckland. When he took four for 31 against Eastern Province early in the tour, he looked worth the punt. His control was good and both his leg-break and googly turned sharply. That return, however, would be his best in a 33-game career that ran from 1949-50 to 1958-59, with 44 wickets at 40.52 and 170 runs at an average (helped by not-outs) of 10.00. His Tests were at Cape Town and Port Elizabeth; his two wickets cost 235 runs.

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