Full name William Wilfrid Whysall
Born October 31, 1887, Woodborough, Nottinghamshire
Died November 11, 1930, Nottingham (aged 43 years 11 days)
Major teams England, Nottinghamshire
Also known as Dodger
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 16-23, 1925 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 16-22, 1930 scorecard|
|First-class span||1910 - 1930|
William Wilfrid Whysall, who had reached the height of his fame in 1929, died in hospital at Nottingham on November 11. About a fortnight earlier he had fallen on a dance floor and injured his elbow. Septicaemia set in and, although a blood transfusion was performed, he passed away. Born at Woodborough, Notts., on October 31, 1887, he was only 43 at the time of his death. He matured slowly as a cricketer, and not until 1908 was he invited to join the ground staff at Trent Bridge. Two seasons later he made 140 for Notts 2nd XI. at Trent Bridge against Staffordshire, who had Sydney Barnes to bowl for them. While a useful wicket-keeper, he played for the county as a batsman and, though first tried for Nottinghamshire in 1910, he did not realize expectations until ten years later when, after the long break due to the War, he resumed his place in the side. From that time he forged ahead rapidly until he became the most reliable batsman in the XI, a position he held unchallenged last summer when he headed the averages with 47.84 for an aggregate of 1,866. During five consecutive summers he had an aggregate of over 2,000 runs in first-class matches and in 1929 he made 2,716 runs. Whysall possessed unlimited patience and a defence most difficult to penetrate. He could bring off all the strokes known to a modern batsman and, when really set, his pulling and off-driving were very sure. During the summer of 1921 Whysall became the recognized opening batsman with George Gunn and, altogether, the pair took part in forty first-wicket three-figure stands for the county. He was a capable catch in the slips. On the strength of his ability as a wicketkeeper as well as a batsman, he secured a place as deputy to Strudwick in the M.C.C. team that toured Australia under the captaincy of A. E. R. Gilligan in the winter of 1924-25, but it was for his batting that he played in three of the Test Matches, scoring 186 runs with an average of 37.20. When England lost the third Test Match by 11 runs, he was the highest scorer with 75 in the great effort to gain a victory. His form, although always consistent, did not earn him a place in another Test match until last August, when at the Oval he had the disappointing experience of being dismissed for 13 and 10 in the prolonged struggle which resulted in Australia recovering the Ashes. He was accorded a benefit in 1926, when Yorkshire visited Trent Bridge. In all first-class matches he scored 51 centuries, eight of them last season, with 248 against Northamptonshire as his highest. In four consecutive matches for his county in 1924, he scored 61 and 150 not out v. Hampshire, 7 and 138 v. Northamptonshire, 151 and 23 not out v. Kent, and 131 v. Worcestershire, while last year four of his hundreds were made in successive innings.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1925
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