Fred Morley      

Full name Frederick Morley

Born December 16, 1850, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

Died September 28, 1884, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (aged 33 years 287 days)

Major teams England, Nottinghamshire

Also known as birth registered as Frederic Morley

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast

Frederick Morley
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 6 2 6 2* 1.50 0 0 0 0 4 0
First-class 232 355 95 1404 31 5.40 0 0 109 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 8 972 296 16 5/56 8/146 18.50 1.82 60.7 1 1 0
First-class 232 53628 17103 1274 8/26 13.42 1.91 42.0 119 36
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at The Oval, Sep 6-8, 1880 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 17-21, 1883 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1871 - 1883

At his peak, Fred Morley was regarded as the fastest bowler in England. A left-armer, what he lacked in height he more than made up for in accuracy and in a 13-year career he took more than 1200 first-class wickets. His batting is best forgotten and he was also something of a liability in the field. But with the ball he was devastating. He took 100 wickets in a season seven times, and in 1878 took 197 at 12.16. A year earlier, he had taken 13 for 14 for MCC against Oxford University (who were bowled out for 12) and in 1878 he took 15 for 35 on a bad pitch for Nottinghamshire against Kent. In 1879-80 he toured Canada and the USA with Richard Daft and returned with 100 wickets at 3.54. In 1880, he made his debut in England's first home Test, taking 8 for 146, and made three more appearances on Ivo Bligh's tour of Australia in 1882-83 where his performances were below-par. That was explained when it was revealed that he had fractured a rib on the journey out when the team's ship had been involved in a collision in the harbour in Colombo. He never fully recovered, playing only two matches in 1883, and he died of congestion and dropsy at end of the summer of 1884.
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The England cricket team in 1880. Left to right: James Lillywhite, John Selby, Alfred Shaw, George Ulyett, Lord Harris, Walter Gilbert, Harry Jupp, Albert Hornby, W.G Grace, Bunny Lucas, G.F Grace, William Oscroft, Allan Gibson Steel, Ted Pooley, Richard Daft, Alexander Webbe, Tom Emmett, Billy Bates, Ephraim Lockwood, Richard Pilling and Fred Morley.

The England cricket team in 1880

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