Arthur Wellard      

Full name Arthur William Wellard

Born April 8, 1902, Southfleet, Kent

Died December 31, 1980, Eastbourne, Sussex (aged 78 years 267 days)

Major teams England, Somerset

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

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Arthur William Wellard
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 47 38 11.75 0 0 1 2 0
First-class 417 679 46 12485 112 19.72 2 59 377 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 4 456 237 7 4/81 4/111 33.85 3.11 65.1 1 0 0
First-class 417 89738 39302 1614 8/52 24.35 2.62 55.5 108 24
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 24-27, 1937 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 24-28, 1938 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1927 - 1950

WELLARD, ARTHUR WILLIAM, died peacefully in his sleep on December 31, 1980, aged 77. In a career extending from 1927 to 1950 he scored 12,575 runs with an average of 19.73 and took 1,614 wickets at 24.35 - figures which suggest a valuable county all-rounder. In fact he was more than that. Though he was a good enough opening bowler to be selected in that rôle for a Test against Australia, and once took nine for 117 in an unofficial Test in India, it is as a batsman that he will be chiefly remembered. In the course of his career he hit some 500 6s, thus accounting for a quarter of the runs he made. But he was no mere slogger: he had a sound defence and was, for one of his type, remarkably consistent. His record was not boosted by large innings. He made only two hundreds, his highest score being 112 against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1936. A tall, strong man, he bowled fast-medium with a vicious break-back, and a large number of his victims were clean-bowled. For variety in a second spell, or when the pitch was taking spin, he could bowl just as efficiently slow off-breaks round the wicket. He was a fine field anywhere close in. Above all, whatever he was doing he was an indefatigable trier.

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Arthur Wellard hits Bill O'Reilly for a boundary, England v Australia, Lord's, 1938

Arthur Wellard hits Bill O'Reilly for a boundary

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Jim Smith, Arthur Wellard and Alan Watt in a discussion, 1955

Jim Smith, Arthur Wellard and Alan Watt in a discussion

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Arthur Wellard

Arthur Wellard

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1936