Matches (28)
WI v ENG (1)
SA v BAN (W) (1)
IND v AUS (1)
Abu Dhabi T10 (3)
Legends League (1)
IND v ENG (W-A) (1)
Hazare Trophy (18)
WI v IRE (EME) (1)
NZ v PAK (W) (1)

Full Name

William Clarke


December 24, 1798, Nottingham


August 25, 1856, Wandworth, London, (aged 57y 245d)

Also Known As

William Clark

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

William Clarke was one of the most remarkable cricketers of the nineteenth century. Born at Nottingham in 1798, he played his first game for his county in 1816 when only seventeen, but it was another twenty years before he appeared in a representative game at Lord's and he was not chosen for the Players in their matches against the Gentlemen until 1846. An underhand bowler, he delivered the ball from hip level, with a curling flight, leg-spin, and sharp rise from the pitch. He learnt much of his bowing technique from William Lambert, the Surrey all-rounder, but whereas Lambert changed to the new round-arm style Clarke continued with the old style and slowly perfected it until he was almost unplayable. His general knowledge of the game and skill in managing the field was remarkable. His only fault was that he would continue to bowl himself for too long 'always expecting to get a wicket in his next over'. Clarke was by trade a bricklayer, but afterwards became a licensed victualler, and for some years was landlord of the Bell Inn at Nottingham, opening in 1838 the Trent Bridge ground. In 1846 he formed the All England XI, a team of the finest cricketers in the country, and the eleven, under the captaincy of Clarke, toured the county playing all teams willing to oppose them. In 1852 John Wisden and other young professionals who considered that £4 to £6 a match was not sufficient for their expenses broke from Clarke's eleven and formed the rival United England XI. In the latter part of his career Clarke's bowling performances were astonishing. From 1847 to 1853 he averaged 340 wickets a season and in the season of 1853 alone, after breaking his wrist the previous year, he dismissed 476 batsmen. He died in 1856 after playing forty-one seasons in first-class cricket and obtaining a wicket with the last ball he bowled.
RJ Brown

William Clarke Career Stats

Batting & Fielding




Recent Matches of William Clarke

Notts vs England1 & 46/92 & 1/3116-Aug-1855NottinghamFC
All Eng XI vs Surrey1 & 1*4/43 & 5/6131-May-1855The OvalFC
North vs South0* & 05/51 & 6/2528-May-1855Lord'sFC
Notts vs Surrey0* & 26/55 & 2/3524-Aug-1854GodalmingFC
Notts vs England0 & 05/7421-Aug-1854NottinghamFC

Photos of William Clarke

William Clarke