Cliff Gladwin      

Full name Clifford Gladwin

Born April 3, 1916, Doe Lea, Derbyshire

Died April 9, 1988, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (aged 72 years 6 days)

Major teams England, Derbyshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 11 5 170 51* 28.33 0 1 2 2 0
First-class 374 510 148 6283 124* 17.35 1 15 135 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 15 2129 571 15 3/21 3/36 38.06 1.60 141.9 0 0 0
First-class 374 81296 30265 1653 9/41 18.30 2.23 49.1 101 18
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 5-9, 1947 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 25-28, 1949 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1939 - 1958

Cliff Gladwin, who died in Chesterfield on April 10, 1988, aged 72 played in one match for Derbyshire in 1939. After the war, in thirteen consecutive seasons until his retirement in 1958, he proved to be among the most consistent of bowlers, a medium-fast in-swinger, who with his friend, Leslie Jackson, made up the best opening attack possessed by any of the counties in the decade after 1947. Gladwin, whose father had appeared in a few games for Derbyshire, was determined not to allow the interruption of the war to interfere with his development. He joined the ranks of the Bradford League, whose policy was to attract the best players from all parts of the country, and by 1945 he had taken plenty of wickets in the League's main competition. An analysis of eight for 41 against Yorkshire in a two-day match at Chesterfield was further evidence of his progress, and 1946 found him better prepared than most for a full Championship season. His return of 109 wickets for an average of 18.36 soon attracted the attention of the selectors, and his chance came in the Third Test of 1947 against South Africa at Old Trafford, where he had to contend with much obdurate and defensive batting. In the tourists' first innings he conceded a mere 58 runs in 50 overs, a considerable feat of stamina in a high wind which was strong enough to overturn one of the sightscreens. He was picked for the final Test at The Oval, a match played in scorching weather and in front of large crowds sitting round the ring in the lightest permissible summer attire. In these unfamiliar surroundings, the big man from the Peak District obliged with 51 not out in England's first innings, but in 32 overs he did not take a wicket. Doubts were cast about his ability to break through at the highest level. In the meantime, he helped to reduce the Gentlemen to 25 for five in their second innings at Lord's in conditions much more to his liking.

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