John Willes      

Full name John Willes

Born 1778, Headcorn, Kent

Died August 5, 1852, Staunton, near Gloucester (aged 74 years)

Major teams Kent

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 5 7 0 9 5 1.28 0 0 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI 5w 10
First-class 5 0+ 0+ 6 3/? 0 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Gentlemen v Players at Lord's (Old), Jul 7-9, 1806 scorecard
Last First-class Marylebone Cricket Club v Kent XI at Lord's, Jul 15-16, 1822 scorecard
Profile

John Willes is credited with being the first man to bowl round-arm in a first-class match - it was referred to as "straight arm" in contemporary reports - and on July 15, 1822 he was no-balled playing for Kent against MCC at Lord's. he famously threw down the ball in disgust, mounted his horse, and rode out the game forever. But "Silver Billy" Beldham insisted that Willis had not invented the style, merely "revived what was forgotten or new to the young folk" and that "jerking" as it was previously known had plagued cricket in the 1780s until outlawed by the Hambledon club.

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Derbyshire v Kent at Derby - May 22-25
Derbyshire 492 Kent 183/3 (70 ov)
Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff - May 22-25
Glamorgan 260 & 77/1 (24 ov) Essex 313
Gloucs v Northants at Bristol - May 22-25
Northants 176 Gloucs 333/8 (111 ov)
Hampshire v Notts at Southampton - May 22-25
Hampshire 270 & 0/0 (1 ov) Notts 189
Lancashire v Surrey at Manchester - May 22-25
Surrey 191 & 58/2 (18 ov) Lancashire 394
Leics v Worcs at Leicester - May 22-25
Leics 316 & 40/8 (20 ov) Worcs 274
Middlesex v Somerset at Lord's - May 22-25
Somerset 376 Middlesex 218/2 (75 ov)
Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham - May 22-25
Warwickshire 313 & 102/8 (32 ov) Durham 190
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