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George Ulyett      

Full name George Ulyett

Born October 21, 1851, Crabtree, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, Yorkshire

Died June 18, 1898, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, Yorkshire (aged 46 years 240 days)

Major teams England, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast (roundarm)

George Ulyett
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 25 39 0 949 149 24.33 1 7 5 19 0
First-class 537 928 40 20823 199* 23.44 18 101 368 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 25 35 2627 1020 50 7/36 7/57 20.40 2.32 52.5 2 1 0
First-class 537 31136 13157 653 7/30 20.14 2.53 47.6 23 3
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Mar 15-19, 1877 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 21-23, 1890 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1873 - 1893

Wisden obituary
George Ulyett died on Saturday evening, June 18th. He was only in his forty-seventh year, his last season in the Yorkshire eleven being 1893. His health had been failing for some time, but the immediate cause of death was an acute attack of pneumonia, contracted at Bramall Lane during the Yorkshire and Kent match. Yorkshire has always been rich in first-rate cricketers, but a finer player than Ulyett the county has never produced. He was for years the best bat in the team, and even if he had not been able to get a run he would have been worth his place for his bowling and fielding. His career for the county extended over a period of twenty years, his first appearance in the eleven dating back to July, 1873. It was seen at once that a player of remarkable gifts had been discovered, and before very long he was at the top of the tree. To begin with, if one remembers rightly, he was played as much for his fast bowling as for his batting. One talent, however, developed to a much greater extent than the other, and in two or three seasons he was quite as good a bat as Ephraim Lockwood, who, when Ulyett came out, was the bright particular star of the Yorkshire eleven. Once having established his position Ulyett never looked back. There was no doubt his class as a batsman after his first visit to Australia with James Lillywhite's team in the winter of 1876-77, and from that time till 1891 he was always in the front rank. Of course, like other great batsmen, he did much better in some seasons than others, but he never lost his place as a representative cricketer. A peculiar interest attaches to the tour of James Lillywhite's team - not, in some respects, very brilliant - as it was then that the Australians first ventured to play an English eleven on even terms. Thanks to a wonderful innings of 165 by Charles Bannerman, Australia won the first match, but in the return the Englishmen had their revenge, Ulyett's batting deciding the fortunes of the game. It was the fine play they showed that season that led the Australians to pay their first visit to England, a momentous chapter in the history of modern cricket being thus opened.

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England and Yorkshire cricketer George Ulyett, 1910

England and Yorkshire cricketer George Ulyett

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Oct 1, 1888

The first MCC side to tour South Africa under the management of Major Wharton  1888-89. Standing: BAF Grieve, AC Skinner, AJ Fothergill, JM Read, R Abel. Sitting: CA Smith, Major Warton, The Hon. CJ Coventry, JEP McMaster, MP Bowden. Front:  JH Roberts, H Wood. Insets: J. Briggs, G Ulyett, F Hearne.

The first MCC side to tour South Africa 1888-89

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George Ulyett

George Ulyett

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