Full name Frederick Morley
Born December 16, 1850, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
Died September 28, 1884, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (aged 33 years 287 days)
Major teams England, Nottinghamshire
Also known as birth registered as Frederic Morley
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
|Test debut||England v Australia at The Oval, Sep 6-8, 1880 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 17-21, 1883 scorecard|
|First-class span||1871 - 1883|
At his peak, Fred Morley was regarded as the fastest bowler in England. A left-armer, what he lacked in height he more than made up for in accuracy and in a 13-year career he took more than 1200 first-class wickets. His batting is best forgotten and he was also something of a liability in the field. But with the ball he was devastating. He took 100 wickets in a season seven times, and in 1878 took 197 at 12.16. A year earlier, he had taken 13 for 14 for MCC against Oxford University (who were bowled out for 12) and in 1878 he took 15 for 35 on a bad pitch for Nottinghamshire against Kent. In 1879-80 he toured Canada and the USA with Richard Daft and returned with 100 wickets at 3.54. In 1880, he made his debut in England's first home Test, taking 8 for 146, and made three more appearances on Ivo Bligh's tour of Australia in 1882-83 where his performances were below-par. That was explained when it was revealed that he had fractured a rib on the journey out when the team's ship had been involved in a collision in the harbour in Colombo. He never fully recovered, playing only two matches in 1883, and he died of congestion and dropsy at end of the summer of 1884.
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