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Bill Hitch
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Bill Hitch

England

INTL CAREER: 1911 - 1935

Full Name

John William Hitch

Born

May 07, 1886, Radcliffe, Lancashire

Died

July 07, 1965, Rumney, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, (aged 79y 61d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

Other

Umpire, Coach

TEAMS

Bill Hitch - known to his followers at The Oval as Billitch - was famous for his unusual, hopping run-up. On his day he was genuinely fast - he once sent a bail flying 55 yards - a lusty lower-order hitter who love nothing more than launching balls out of The Oval, and, in the era before protective clothing, a brilliant and fearless short-leg fielder. He started his career in Cambridgeshire before being spotted by Tom Hayward and signed by Surrey. He toured Australia twice with MCC - in 1911-12 and 1920-21 - without any real success, and his seven Test appearances did not do justice to his ability. In his final Test, against Australia at The Oval in 1921, he cracked 51 in 40 minutes. His best season for Surrey was in 1913 when he took 174 wickets at 18.55. But his hitting is what entertained the crowds. In 1919 at Trent Bridge he hammered 74 in 35 minutes; in 1913 he scored 53 and 68 for the Players against the Gentlemen, including seven sixes; in his benefit match in 1921 he bludgeoned 71 in 50 minutes against Kent. After leaving Surrey he played at Tormorden in the Lancashire League for four seasons, taking 289 wickets at 11.62. He later coached Glamorgan before taking a position with a south Wales company - he continued playing for the works side until he was 60.
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test710310351*14.7101140
FC35048051764310717.813322300
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test7946232572/312/5446.424.2266.00000
FC350569172991513878/3821.5641.0010124
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatUmpire
Test44
John William Hitch
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