Joe Hardstaff      

Full name Joseph Hardstaff

Born July 3, 1911, Nuncargate, Nottinghamshire

Died January 1, 1990, Worksop, Nottinghamshire (aged 78 years 182 days)

Major teams England, Auckland, Europeans (India), Nottinghamshire, Services

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Relation Father - J Hardstaff snr, Son - J Hardstaff

Joseph Hardstaff
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 23 38 3 1636 205* 46.74 4 10 3 9 0
First-class 517 812 94 31847 266 44.35 83 166 123 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 23 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 517 3890 2141 36 4/43 59.47 3.30 108.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 13-16, 1935 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 10-15, 1948 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1930 - 1955

Wisden obituary
Joseph Hardstaff, junior, who died in hospital at Worksop on January 1, 1990, aged 78, was one of the most elegant batsmen of his generation. In point of style and suppleness of movement at the crease he could stand comparison with the greatest exponents of the art of batsmanship. He may have lacked the majesty of Hammond or the feline grace of Sobers, but his batting had a certain sheen and glamour about it, all its own. From an early age he had shown clear signs of cricketing ability, receiving invaluable advice from his father, Joe, a highly respected Nottinghamshire and England batsman and later a Test match umpire. When, at the age of sixteen, he was recommended to the Nottinghamshire authorities by Larwood, he proved to be an extremely apt pupil, and in 1930, aged nineteen he seized his chance by making 53 not out in only his second Championship match. There followed three seasons of consolidation, his captain, Arthur Carr, preferring to nurse him along in the lower order. Carr's patience and judgement proved correct; in 1934 the young man's batting blossomed to the tune of 1,817 runs, including four hundreds. By now he had settled in at No. 4, becoming an integral part of one of the strongest batting sides in the country, and maintaining his form he played in his first Test, against South Africa, in 1935. Chosen for MCC's tour of Australia and New Zealand under E. R. T. Holmes in 1935-36, he was an outstanding success with 1,044 runs in first-class matches, his innings of 230 not out against an Australian XI at Melbourne making such an impression that his future at the highest level seemed assured. Another productive season followed in 1936, including 94 against India at Old Trafford, but on the Ashes tour of 1936-37 his form largely deserted him on the big occasions. He played in all the Tests, but 83 in a lost cause at Melbourne in the final one was his best effort by some way.

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Jul 4, 1938

Joe Hardstaff Jnr

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1938