Full Name

Bryan Douglas Wells


July 27, 1930, Gloucester


June 19, 2008 (aged 77y 328d)

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Bomber Wells was one of the old school who regarded cricket as something to enjoy rather than a job. A man of wide girth and rolling gait, he had - in the words of Michael Parkinson - "a summer's day in his face and laughter in his soul". The son of a blacklisted trade unionist in Gloucester, he never changed from the happy-go-lucky club cricketer he had been when first summoned to play for the county. His batting was agricultural, his fielding leisurely and he bowled brisk offspin off a one-pace run that caught many batsmen unaware. The tales of him are legion: from his exchanges with his amateur captain to the mix-ups running between the wickets. "For God's sake, call," Sam Cook once begged him and back came the reply: "Heads."

"As a batsman he really had only one shot, a great agricultural mow over mid-wicket, but it was spectacular when it connected," wrote Stephen Chalke on the Gloucestershire website. "As a fielder he was even less like a modern cricketer. A leisurely figure on the boundary, he liked to chat to the nearby spectators, on one occasion contriving to hold a catch while juggling a cup of tea in his other hand."
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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
List A320552.500000
List A323410121/311/3150.502.58117.0000
Debut/Last Matches - Player
FC Matches
1951 - 1965
List A Matches
1963 - 1965
Bomber Wells
Portrait of Bryan "Bomber" Wells
Bryan "Bomber" Wells in his delivery stride