Allen Hill      

Full name Allen Hill

Born November 14, 1843, Newton, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Died August 28, 1910, Leyland, Lancashire (aged 66 years 287 days)

Major teams England, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast (roundarm)

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 2 101 49 50.50 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 193 312 35 2478 49 8.94 0 0 142 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 4 340 130 7 4/27 5/70 18.57 2.29 48.5 1 0 0
First-class 193 30032 10687 749 8/48 14.26 2.13 40.0 57 10
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 31-Apr 4, 1877 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1871 - 1883
Umpiring statistics
Only Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 21-23, 1890 scorecard
Test matches 1
Test statistics

A very fine right-arm fast bowler whose career was beset by injuries, Allen Hill bowled with an action close to round-arm - despite debuting well after the change in the laws that permitted over-arm bowling. His action was described by Wisden as "one of the best of its kind that can be recalled", and he bowled quite fast from a short run up. He came to prominence for Yorkshire in 1871, when he took 12 Surrey wickets for only 53 runs at The Oval. He was probably at his best in 1874, when halfway through the season he met with an accident that caused him to miss the rest of the season - but not before performing the hat-trick for the Players against the Gentlemen. In 1876-77 he toured Australia, playing in the first Test of all. Opening the bowling for England, Hill took the first-ever Test wicket when he bowled Thomson. He followed this by making 35* in the England first innings, but when promoted to open as England chased 154, he made a duck. He then made 49 and 17*, and thus finished his Test career with a somewhat flattering Test average of over 50 - his batting was somewhat unpredictable. In 1879 his knee gave way whilst bowling, and his career ended in 1883 when he suffered a broken collar-bone. A kindly and gentle man, he was popular amongst his fellow players, and in retirement turned to umpiring, officiating in a Test in 1890.
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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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