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Bill Copson
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Bill Copson

England

INTL CAREER: 1939 - 1947

Full Name

William Henry Copson

Born

April 27, 1908, Stonebroom, Derbyshire

Died

September 13, 1971, Clay Cross, Derbyshire, (aged 63y 139d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

Other

Umpire

TEAMS

Red-headed seamer Bill Copson was a coal-miner before he turned his hand to cricket. As a boy he showed no interest in the game, but during the General Strike of 1926 he was persuaded to play for his local side to fill in time while the pits were shut. He was an immediate success, with his nagging line and length, and in 1931 he was given a trial with Derbyshire, and by 1932 he was a virtual regular in the side. With the first ball he bowled in first-class cricket, he dismissed Andrew Sandham, and from then on he made steady progress, thanks to his pace and late swing. He missed much of the 1935 season because of a back injury, but was a key part of Derbyshire's Championship triumph in 1936 when he took 160 wickets at 13.34, including 13 five-fors. In the three seasons leading up to the war he continued to bowl well, passing 100 wickets each time. In 1936-37 he went to Australia with Gubby Allen's side, and while he didn't play in the Tests he ended the tour with 27 wickets at 19.81. he made his Test debut against West Indies in 1939, taking 5 for 85 and 4 for 67 at Lord's and then three wickets in the next game at Old Trafford. His third and final appearance came at The Oval in 1947 where he took three wickets against South Africa. He played until 1949, but injuries gradually took their toll. From 1958 to 1967 he was on the first-class umpires panel.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test310666.0000010
FC2793591081711436.81001030
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
Test36762297155/859/15219.8050.80110
FC279504152075210948/1118.9646.00666
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatUmpire
FC88
List A88
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