Full Name

William Evans Midwinter


June 19, 1851, Lower Meend, St Briavels, Gloucestershire, England


December 03, 1890, Yarra Bend, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, (aged 39y 167d)

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

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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Debut/Last Matches of Billy Midwinter

Recent Matches of Billy Midwinter

Australia vs England1 & 40/2 & 1/925-Feb-1887SydneyTest # 26
Victoria vs South Aust7 & 52*1/26 & 5/2211-Feb-1887MelbourneFC
Australia vs England0 & 100/1028-Jan-1887SydneyTest # 25
Victoria vs NSW0 & 01/24 & 1/1222-Jan-1887SydneyFC
Victoria vs NSW45 & 91/36 & 0/2627-Dec-1886MelbourneFC

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