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William Lambert      

Full name William Lambert

Born 1779, Burstow, Surrey

Died April 19, 1851, Nutfield, Surrey (aged 72 years)

Major teams Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

William Lambert
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 64 114 5 3013 157 27.64 4 62 26
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI 5w 10
First-class 64 0+ 0+ 187 6/? 2 0
Career statistics
First-class debut England v Surrey XI at Lord's (Old), Jul 20-21, 1801 scorecard
Last First-class Sussex XI v Epsom at Lord's, Jul 2-6, 1817 scorecard

A great cricketer in the early days of the organised game, William Lambert was a fine exponent of the forward style of batting and was regarded at one time as the best batsman in England. Standing in the somewhat awkward "Harrow" style, with his feet a yard apart, a strong stride forward was followed by a full swing of the bat. A good bowler, and an exceptional fielder, he made his living from the game, playing for the highest bidder, notably in single and double wicket matches. Famously, when his double-wicket partner George Osbaldeston was unable to take part through sickness, he singlehandedly defeated the redoubtable pair of Lord Frederick Beauclerk and TC Howard. He was the first man in cricket history to score a hundred in each innings, playing for Sussex at Epsom in 1817, a feat not repeated for 76 years. In the same year, however, he was banned from Lord's after being charged with trying less hard than he might for England against Notts.

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Hampshire at Chester-le-Street - Sep 1-4
Durham 213 & 200 Hampshire 251 & 92/3 (26 ov, target 163)
Essex v Northants at Chelmsford - Sep 1-4
Essex 360 & 36/1 (19 ov) Northants 275
Kent v Lancashire at Canterbury - Sep 1-4
Kent 570/8d Lancashire 257/8 (85 ov)
Leics v Gloucs at Leicester - Sep 1-4
Leics 415 Gloucs 232/6 (79.1 ov)
Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval - Sep 1-4
Derbyshire 313 Surrey 523/9 (148 ov)
Warwickshire v Middlesex at Birmingham - Sep 1-4
Middlesex 207 Warwickshire 222/8 (79.5 ov)
Worcs v Sussex at Worcester - Sep 1-4
Worcs 210 & 4/1 (2.5 ov) Sussex 510/5d
Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds - Sep 1-3
Yorkshire won by an innings and 126 runs
1st ODI: England v Australia at Southampton - Sep 3
Australia 192/5 (35.4/50 ov)
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