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Joe Hardstaff
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Joe Hardstaff

England
Joe Hardstaff

INTL CAREER: 1907 - 1908

Full Name

Joseph Hardstaff

Born

November 09, 1882, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

Died

April 02, 1947, Nuncargate, Nottinghamshire, (aged 64y 144d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

relations

(son),

(grandson)

TEAMS

Joe Hardstaff senior was rather short and strongly built and played for Nottinghamshire from 1902 to 1924, scoring altogether in first-class cricket 17,146 runs, average 31.34. He toured Australia in 1907-08, when A. O. Jones, his county captain, led the English side, and he met with marked success, averaging over 51 in all matches, with much the highest aggregate--1,384, and his three centuries surpassed the efforts of all his colleagues. His average in the five Tests was 31.10, only George Gunn and Jack Hobbs doing better. Free in stroke play all round the wicket, he could put up a stout defence in a way quite in keeping with the best of Nottinghamshire batsmen. He helped Nottinghamshire to carry off the Championship in 1907, and by scoring 124 not out and 48 against the South African team, influenced his choice for the tour in Australia; Nottinghamshire won the match by five wickets. A brilliant field, especially in the deep, he occasionally bowled rather fast but with moderate success. Sir Home Gordon credits him with 182 catches.

Hardstaff soon became a favourite with the Australian spectators, who showed their appreciation by calling him Hot Stuff. He died while his son was on the way home from Australia. The Hardstaffs provide the only case of a father and son representing England in Australia; but Fred Tate played in one Test match in England against Australia twenty-two years before his son, Maurice Tate, first went to Australia in 1924. After retiring from the Nottinghamshire team, Hardstaff senior became a popular first-class umpire and stood in several Test matches. He would probably have officiated in many more but for the fact that he was not allowed to umpire when young Hardstaff was playing in such games. Of course, he could not officiate when Nottinghampshire were engaged, and so he saw comparatively little of his son as a player.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test51003117231.1003010
FC3776207317146213*31.3426941872
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test5------------
FC37735942244585/13338.683.7461.910
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatUmpire
Test2121
FC3838
Joe Hardstaff portrait
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Debut/Last Matches

  • Player
  • Umpire
FC Matches
Span
1902 - 1926

Photos


Umpires Joe Hardstaff and Bill Parry