Ashley Harvey-Walker

Ashley Harvey-Walker


Full Name

Ashley John Harvey-Walker


July 21, 1944, East Ham, Essex


April 28, 1997, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, (aged 52y 281d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium, Right arm offbreak


HARVEY-WALKER, ASHLEY JOHN, was shot dead in a bar in Johannesburg on April 28, 1997, aged 52. A gunman apparently walked in, shouted his name and fired when he responded. It was a bizarre end for an engaging cricketer associated with the good humour of the Derbyshire dressing-room in the 1970s. Harvey-Walker made an immediate impact when he became the first Derbyshire player to score a century on debut. This came on the less than fierce occasion of a match against Oxford University at Burton-on-Trent in 1971 when he was already 26. Though he played 81 matches over eight seasons, he was rarely sure of his place, and his successes were spasmodic. He was a fine striker of the ball and once hit Pat Pocock on to the top deck of the Oval pavilion; the fast bowlers, however, usually found him out. John Arlott once christened him Ashley Hearty-Whacker, though the Derby press box usually preferred Ashley Harvey-Wider, a reference to his occasional off-breaks. These, however, came good spectacularly at Ilkeston in 1978. Derbyshire went into the match without a recognised spinner and found themselves on a disintegrating pitch; Eddie Barlow gave Harvey-Walker the new ball, and he took seven for 35 as Surrey collapsed for 77 - though Derbyshire still lost. Harvey- Walker will be best remembered for the incident in the famous match at Buxton in 1975, when Derbyshire were caught on a snow-affected pitch with the ball bouncing dangerously. He handed something wrapped in a hanky to umpire Dickie Bird: his false teeth. As the ball looped to short leg when he was seven, Harvey-Walker is supposed to have let out a gummy cry of Catch it! After retirement, he played in the Bradford League then emigrated to South Africa. He worked as assistant groundsman at The Wanderers and only a month before his death helped prepare the pitch for the Test against Australia. He also had an interest in an inner-city bar, a business prone to produce murderous disputes.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A9189618298422.0308290
List A9141830894/374/3734.224.4246.40100

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1971 - 1978
List A Matches
1971 - 1978