Bobby Peel      

Full name Robert Peel

Born February 12, 1857, Churwell, Leeds, Yorkshire

Died August 12, 1941, Morley, Leeds, Yorkshire (aged 84 years 181 days)

Major teams England, Yorkshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Robert Peel
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 20 33 4 427 83 14.72 0 3 0 17 0
First-class 436 693 66 12191 210* 19.44 7 49 214 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 20 35 5216 1715 101 7/31 11/68 16.98 1.97 51.6 8 5 1
First-class 436 88683 28758 1775 9/22 16.20 1.94 49.9 123 33
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 12-16, 1884 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 10-12, 1896 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1882 - 1897

Wisden obituary
Bobby Peel, who died at Morley, on August 12, aged 84, was one of the finest allround cricketers of any time. Primarily he was a bowler, the second in the remarkable succession of slow left-handers -- Edmund Peate, Peel, Wilfred Rhodes and Hedley Verity -- who rendered such brilliant service to Yorkshire over a period of sixty years. Born at Churwell, near Leeds, on February 12, 1857, Bobby Peel first played for his county in 1882, when Yorkshire were singularly rich in bowling talent, so that he had to wait several years before attaining real distinction. Still, being a capital fieldsman, especially at cover-point, and a punishing left-handed batsman, he kept his place in the team, and when Peate's connection with the county ceased in unhappy circumstances Peel came to the fore. For nine seasons, with his fine length, easy action and splendid command of spin, this sturdily built left-hander regularly took over 100 wickets for Yorkshire, his county total amounting to 1,550 at an average cost of 15 runs each. He was often a match-winner. In 1887 he took five Kent wickets for 14 runs in an innings and, with 43 runs in a low-scoring match, helped largely in a victory by four wickets. In the same season eleven Leicestershire wickets fell to him for 51 runs at Dewsbury, five in the first innings for four runs. A year later he took eight Nottinghamshire wickets in an innings for 12 runs, while in 1892 five wickets for seven runs in an innings and eight for 33 in the match against Derbyshire at Leeds was a startling performance. He did even better in 1895 against Somerset, 15 wickets falling to him in 36 overs for 5 runs, nine for 22 in one innings causing a sensation. At Halifax in 1897, a month before his county career ended, Peel dismissed eight Kent men in an innings for 53 runs, his match average showing eleven for 85; this performance gave Yorkshire an innings victory with 103 runs to spare in two days. Peel's full return in bowling in first-class cricket was 1,754 wickets at 16.21 runs apiece.

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Former England left-arm spinner Bobby Peel, 1905

Former England left-arm spinner Bobby Peel

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Jan 7, 1900

Bobby Peel

Bobby Peel

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May 4, 1895

England and Yorkshire slow left-arm spinner Bobby Peel, May 4, 1895

England and Yorkshire slow left-arm spinner Bobby Peel

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1889