Jim Phillips      

Full name James Phillips

Born September 1, 1860, Pleasant Creek (now Stawell), Victoria

Died April 21, 1930, Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (aged 69 years 232 days)

Major teams Canterbury, Middlesex, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

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James Phillips
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 124 203 58 1827 110* 12.60 1 3 50 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 124 16890 7102 355 8/69 20.00 2.52 47.5 30 7
Career statistics
First-class span 1885/86 - 1898/99
Umpiring statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 21-25, 1885 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 30-Apr 2, 1906 scorecard
Test matches 29
Test statistics

Jim Phillips, who was born at Port Adelaide in South Australia on September 1, 1860, and died at Burnaby, Vancouver, on April 21, will be remembered more for his work as an umpire than for anything he accomplished as a player. To Phillips more than anyone else is due the credit for stumping out throwing in first-class cricket. Going out to Australia to act as umpire with A. E. Stoddart's team in 1897-98, he twice no-balled Ernest Jones, the fast bowler, whose delivery when visiting this country with Harry Trott's team in 1896 was condemned as unfair, and the courageous action of Phillips found many imitators. throwing on English cricket grounds had for a long time been allowed to go on unchecked but in 1898 C. B. Fry was no-balled by West at Trent Bridge, by Phillips himself at Brighton and by Sherwin at Lord's, while a new Warwickshire bowler, Hopkins, came under the ban of Titchmarsh at Tonbridge. A storm of controversy was aroused after F. R. Spofforth, in a letter to the Sporting Life in 1897, suggested that the best way would be to legalise throwing and in one season it would bring about its own cure. However, as a result of Phillips' example, speedy and satisfactory action was taken by the captains of the first-class counties who at a meeting at Lord's in December, 1900 arrived at an agreement to deal strongly with the matter in the following summer. Then, in a match between Lancashire and Somerset at Old Trafford, Phillips no-balled Mold sixteen times. A strong agitation was got up on Mold's behalf but owing to the fact that the Lancashire fast bowler had been condemned as unfair by the county captains at their famous meeting--by a majority of eleven to one--this was systematically ignored. The M.C.C. Committee in the following December issued a circular to all the County secretaries in which was expressed the hope that the County Cricket Executives would, in future, decline to play bowlers with doubtful deliveries. Thereafter English bowling was more uniformly fair and above suspicion than in any season during the previous twenty-five years and, eventually, throwing practically disappeared.

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Jim Phillips leaves the middle after no-balling Arthur Mold, Old Trafford, 1901

Jim Phillips leaves the middle after no-balling Arthur Mold

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