Tom Emmett      

Full name Thomas Emmett

Born September 3, 1841, Halifax, Yorkshire

Died June 30, 1904, Leicester (aged 62 years 301 days)

Major teams England, Yorkshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast (roundarm)

Relation Son - A Emmett

Thomas Emmett
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 13 1 160 48 13.33 0 0 1 9 0
First-class 426 700 90 9053 104 14.84 1 24 276 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 9 728 284 9 7/68 7/68 31.55 2.34 80.8 0 1 0
First-class 426 60135 21314 1572 9/23 13.55 2.12 38.2 122 29
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 10-14, 1882 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1866 - 1888

When Tom Emmett gained a place in the Yorkshire side it was as a left-arm fast bowler. He was 25 at the time, made rapid progress to the top of his field, and was considered one of the most dangerous bowlers of his type in England. Bowling very fast with a near round-arm action, he could break the ball back so that pitching on leg the ball would take off-stump - a ball that for reasons known only to himself he called his "sostenuter". As age took its toll, he lost the pace that made him so effective, and completely changed his method to bowl slow-medium, pitching on or outside off stump, and inviting the drive against the turning ball. He used flight, spin and changes of pace, and the batsmen found it hard to settle against this seemingly endless variety. Emmett was an excellent bat, with a sound defence and strong straight drives, and a fine fielder. He toured Australia three times, taking part in the first-ever Test in 1877, and playing seven Tests in all. Tom was a character, and few professionals were more popular with the crowd, or his fellow players; his constant enthusiasm for the game and good spirits were infectious. HS Altham said of him: "Never was there a man of higher vitality, of more inexhaustible good humour than Tom Emmett"
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The England cricket team in 1880. Left to right: James Lillywhite, John Selby, Alfred Shaw, George Ulyett, Lord Harris, Walter Gilbert, Harry Jupp, Albert Hornby, W.G Grace, Bunny Lucas, G.F Grace, William Oscroft, Allan Gibson Steel, Ted Pooley, Richard Daft, Alexander Webbe, Tom Emmett, Billy Bates, Ephraim Lockwood, Richard Pilling and Fred Morley.

The England cricket team in 1880

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Oct 24, 1876

The 1876-77 squad which played the first Test against Australia at Melbourne in March 1877 pictured shortly before they left England.  Back: Harry Jupp, Tom Emmett, Alfred Hogben (a sponsor of the trip), Allan Hill, Tom Armitage. Front: Ted Pooley, James Southerton, James Lillywhite jnr, Alfred Shaw, George Ulyett, Andrew Greenwood. On ground: Harry Charlwood, John Selby.

The 1876-77 squad which played the first Test against Australia

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