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Tom Armitage      

Full name Thomas Armitage

Born April 25, 1848, Walkley, Sheffield, Yorkshire

Died September 21, 1922, Pullman, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America (aged 74 years 149 days)

Major teams England, Players of United States of America, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 0 33 21 11.00 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 57 93 8 1180 95 13.88 0 4 23 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 1 12 15 0 - - - 7.50 - 0 0 0
First-class 57 4237 1723 121 7/26 14.23 2.43 35.0 12 3
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 1872 - 1886

Thomas Armitage, who was born at Walkley, near Sheffield, on April 25, 1848, died at Pullman, near Chicago, where he had long resided, on September 21. Scores and Biographies (xii-656) said of him : " Is an excellent bat and field anywhere, and a straight round-armed middle-paced bowler, combined with underhand lobs, which at times have been very successful." For Keighley v. Wakefield on June 15, 1872, he took eight wickets in the first innings and all ten in the second. Between 1872 and 1878 he assisted Yorkshire in 53 matches, making 1,074 runs with an average of 13.59, and taking 119 wickets for 14.08 runs each. His highest score for the county was 95 v. Middlesex at Sheffield in 1876, and his chief success as a bowler to take with lobs 13 wickets for 46 runs - 6 for 20 and 7 for 26--against Surrey at Sheffield in June, 1876. His bowling in that match made a great impression on James Southerton who thought he had never seen lobs that were so good. In the whole season of 1876 Armitage took 45 wickets for Yorkshire at a cost of 669 runs. Daring 1876-77 he visited Australia as a member of James Lilly white's team and took part in both Test matches played during the tour. He was a failure in Australia, falling far below his form at home. Of the English players in the tour of 1876-7, when an England side was for the first time beaten in even terms, James Lillywhite is now the only survivor.
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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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In the system of giving players numbers based on their Test debut, Armitage is England No. 1