August 17, 1922, Tonge Moor, Bolton, Lancashire
December 09, 2011 (aged 89y 114d)
Left hand Bat
Right arm Offbreak
A tall man, Roy Tattershall delivered his offspin with a high arm action, allowing generous fight and producing bounce. He did not impart much spin on the ball, and got his wickets through accuracy and variation of pace. He debuted for Lancashire in 1948 and reached his peak in 1950, where in a superb season he took 193 wickets at an average of only 13.59. He was not selected for the Australian tour that winter, but was called up as a replacement after injury. He debuted in the fourth Test, taking three wickets in the first innings. He played a vital role in England's pivotal win in the fifth Test, but surprisingly with the bat, not the ball. Never much of a batsman, he came to the wicket as No. 11 to join Reg Simpson with England holding a narrow first-innings lead. His careful defence allowed Simpson to play the major part of a 74-run last-wicket stand, and giving England the upper hand. The squad moved on to New Zealand where he took 6 for 44 in the second Test, dismissing the first four batsman in order. The following summer he played against South Africa, and in a wonderful bowling performance took 12 wickets at Lord's, leading England to a 10-wicket win. He had a successful tour of India the following winter, with the highlight being 6 for 48 at Kanpur, but afterwards faded from England reckoning, playing just two more home Tests, as Jim Laker took over as first choice offspinner. His best bowling was in the 1953 Lancashire - Nottinghamshire match where he took 9 for 40, including the hat-trick and a spell where he took seven wickets in 19 balls. His modest ability with the bat, and in the field eventually led to him struggling to retain his place in the Lancashire XI, as his bowling seemed to lose his effectiveness. He continued to play until 1964, however, with mixed success, before retiring.
Batting & Fielding