George Geary      

Full name George Geary

Born July 9, 1893, Barwell, Leicestershire

Died March 6, 1981, Leicester (aged 87 years 240 days)

Major teams England, Leicestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

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George Geary
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 14 20 4 249 66 15.56 0 2 0 13 0
First-class 549 820 138 13501 122 19.79 8 54 450 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 14 22 3810 1353 46 7/70 12/130 29.41 2.13 82.8 0 4 1
First-class 549 116292 41336 2063 10/18 20.03 2.13 56.3 125 30
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 26-29, 1924 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 22-25, 1934 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1912 - 1938

George Geary, who died at the age of 87 on March 6, 1981, after a long period of ill-health, had been in his day one of the best bowlers in the world and was also one of the last survivors of those who were playing regular county cricket before the Great War. A tall, powerful man, he bowled fast-medium well within his strength, with a short run and a beautifully easy action. His stock ball moved naturally form the off and could be deadly if the wicket helped him, as when he ruined his second benefit, against Warwickshire at Hinckley in 1936, by taking thirteen for 43 (the match produced him £10). This was varied by a delivery which came straight through and, a far more dangerous ball, the leg-cutter which pitched on middle-and-leg and left the bat sharply. This was the one which the experts dreaded and which secured the all-important wicket of Bradman, caught at slip for 29, in the Nottingham Test of 1934. Apart from this he could make full use of the shine to swing the new ball. Yet with all these gifts, he will probably be remembered chiefly as a stock bowler who would peg away cheerfully all day if need be, keeping the situation under control whether or not he was getting wickets. As a batsman he never claimed to be a stylist, but he was typically effective: the more runs were needed, the more resolutely he would set himself to get them, not least by punishing ruthlessly anything which fell short of his very high standards of what first-class bowling should be. In his last season, at the age of 45, when an injury prevented him from doing his full share of bowling, he scored three centuries. He was a fine slip, but in fact his vast hands were equally tenacious anywhere: in The Oval Test of 1926, besides two blinding slip catches off Larwood, he caught a brilliant one low at mid-off off Rhodes to dismiss Arthur Richardson.

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1927