Bill Edrich      

Full name William John Edrich

Born March 26, 1916, Lingwood, Norfolk

Died April 24, 1986, Whitehill Court, Chesham, Buckinghamshire (aged 70 years 29 days)

Major teams England, Middlesex, Norfolk

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Education Bracondale School, Norwich

Relation Brother - EH Edrich, Brother - GA Edrich, Brother - BR Edrich, Cousin - JH Edrich

William John Edrich
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 39 63 2 2440 219 40.00 6 13 9 39 0
First-class 571 964 92 36965 267* 42.39 86 197 527 1
List A 4 4 0 48 36 12.00 0 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 39 51 3234 1693 41 4/68 8/172 41.29 3.14 78.8 3 0 0
First-class 571 32942 15956 479 7/48 33.31 2.90 68.7 11 3
List A 4 70 76 2 2/76 2/76 38.00 6.51 35.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 10-14, 1938 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 28-Feb 2, 1955 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1934 - 1958
List A span 1965 - 1970

Wisden Obituary
Bill Edrich, who died at Chesham as the result of an accident on April 24, 1986, aged 70, was a cricketer who would have been the answer to prayer in the troubled England sides of today. Endlessly cheerful, always optimistic and physically courageous, he was a splendid hitter of short-pitched fast bowling and took the blows he received as a part of the game. When he made 16 in an hour and three-quarters on a hideous wicket at Brisbane in the first innings of the first Test in 1946-47, an innings which Wisden's correspondent described as one of the most skilful batting displays I have ever seen, it was reckoned that he was hit ten times by Lindwall, Miller and Toshack. So far from being demoralised by this experience, he scored in the series 462 runs with an average of 46.20, and that for a side which lost three Tests, two of them by an innings, and drew the other two. Moreover, his cricket did not end with his batting. Though he stood only 5ft 6in tall, and had a low, slinging action, he could off a run of eleven strides bowl genuinely fast for a few overs. Admittedly it was a terrible proof of the weakness of English bowling after the war that at this period he often had to open in Test matches. It is barely credible that in 1950, when his 22 wickets in the season cost him just under 50 runs each, he opened in both of West Indies' innings at Lord's. In fairness it must be added that Walcott, who made 168 not out in the second innings, was missed off him in the slips at 9. Still, in a reasonably strong side he was a valuable change as a fifth or sixth bowler, always apt to upset a good batsman by his unexpected speed. Like many natural athletes, he originally made a reputation as a tireless outfielder, but he was soon found to be too valuable in the slips to spend much time elsewhere. One way and another he was always in the game, always trying his hardest.

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Bill Edrich plays on to Ron Archer in the second Test at Sydney, with Lindwall, Davidson and Hole lined up alongside wicketkeeper Langley, and Evans non-striker, 1954-55

Bill Edrich plays on to Ron Archer in the second Test at Sydney

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Aug 6, 1953

Bill Edrich

Bill Edrich

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Aug 1953

Denis Compton and Bill Edrich leave the middle after winning the Ashes, England v Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, August 1953

Denis Compton and Bill Edrich leave the middle after winning the Ashes

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1940