Bill Ashdown      

Full name William Henry Ashdown

Born December 27, 1898, Bromley, Kent

Died September 15, 1979, Rugby, Warwickshire (aged 80 years 262 days)

Major teams Kent

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Other Umpire

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 487 812 77 22589 332 30.73 39 105 400 1
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 487 44158 19551 602 6/23 32.47 2.65 73.3 13 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1914 - 1947
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Leeds, Jun 11-14, 1949 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 12-16, 1950 scorecard
Test matches 3
Test statistics

Born in 1898, Bill Ashdown made his first-class debut in 1914, for GJV Weigall's team against Oxford University in The Parks. Although he was only 15, he scored 3 and 27. He played for Kent regularly until 1937 - he passed 1000 runs in a season 11 times, and his 332 against Essex in 1934 remains the highest score for them - but came out of retirement in 1947, when he was 48, to play for Maurice Leyland's XI against the Rest of England in a festival match at Harrogate. He finished in some style, with 42 and 40. He is the only man to have played first-class cricket in England before the First World War and after the Second. After that he became an umpire, and stood in four Tests in 1949 and 1950. He also coached Leicestershire, and was their scorer for a time as well.
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