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Billy Midwinter      

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

William Evans Midwinter
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 12 21 1 269 37 13.45 0 0 1 10 0
First-class 160 264 27 4534 137* 19.13 3 12 122 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 12 17 1725 605 24 5/78 6/101 25.20 2.10 71.8 1 1 0
First-class 160 23463 7298 419 7/27 17.41 1.86 55.9 27 3
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
First-class span 1874-1887
Profile

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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1933

The 1878 Australians: J. McC. Blackham, T. Horan, G. H. Bailey, D. W. Gregory (captain), J. Conway (manager), A. Bannerman, C. Bannerman, W. L. Murdoch;  front row: F. R. Spofforth, F. Allan, W. Midwinter, T. W. Garrett, H. F. Boyle

The 1878 Australians

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