Wilf Flowers      

Full name Wilfred Flowers

Born December 7, 1856, Calverton, Nottinghamshire

Died November 1, 1926, Carlton, Nottingham (aged 69 years 329 days)

Major teams England, Nottinghamshire

Also known as Wilfred Flower

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 14 0 254 56 18.14 0 1 0 2 0
First-class 442 696 54 12891 173 20.07 9 56 222 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 13 858 296 14 5/46 5/65 21.14 2.06 61.2 0 1 0
First-class 442 56375 18887 1188 8/22 15.89 2.01 47.4 73 15
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 12-16, 1884 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 17-19, 1893 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1877 - 1896

Wilfred Flower was the last survivor of the Notts XI that in 1878 played the opening match with the first Australian team to visit this country. A steady slow bowler with an offbreak, which rendered him extremely difficult on a soft wicket, a fine resolute batsman, and a capital field, Flowers was one of the best all-round cricketers of his time. Born at Calverton on December 7, 1856, but soon associated with Sutton-in-Ashfield--the great nursery of Notts cricket for many years--he was first engaged by the Workshop club when only 17. Three seasons later he was given a place in the Notts Colts match, and he at once made his mark by taking the wickets of five members of the County Eleven at a cost of only 8 runs. This performance naturally led to his appearance in the game between the M.C.C. and the Colts of England--at that period and for a long while afterwards the recognized test for the most promising of young professional cricketers. Again Flowers seized his chance for, if in the first innings he disposed of only one batsman, that player was none other than W. G. Grace, and in the second innings, when he obtained four wickets, he again enjoyed the distinction of dismissing the great man.

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