Bill Bradley (cricketer)

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Bill Bradley
File:Bill Bradley Cigarette Card.jpg
Personal information
Full name Walter Morris Bradley
Born (1875-01-02)2 January 1875
Lower Sydenham, England
Died 19 June 1944(1944-06-19) (aged 69)
Wandsworth Common, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 127) 17 July 1899 v Australia
Last Test 16 August 1899 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1895–1903 Kent
1903 London County
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 2 144
Runs scored 23 956
Batting average 23.00 6.01
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 23 not out 67 not out
Balls bowled 625 28,440
Wickets 6 633
Bowling average 38.83 22.65
5 wickets in innings 1 44
10 wickets in match 10
Best bowling 5/67 9/87
Catches/stumpings 0/– 79/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 September 2009

Walter Morris 'Bill' Bradley (born 2 January 1875, Sydenham, London, died 19 June 1944, Wandsworth, London) was an English cricketer who played in 2 Tests in 1899.

A well built, attacking right arm fast bowler, "Bill" Bradley played county cricket for Kent as an amateur between 1895 to 1903. Bowling off a long run with a high action, he pitched the ball up and bowled long spells, attributes which earned him two Test caps in 1899. He excelled in his first, taking 5 for 67 against Joe Darling's Australians at Old Trafford[1] but met with less success in his second, at the Oval. The most successful amateur bowler of that season, taking 156 wickets at 19.1 including two hat tricks, he took 624 wickets in 9 seasons at 22.64. An old fashioned tail ender, he scored only 906 first-class runs at just 6.09 with 67 coming in one innings against Yorkshire at Canterbury in 1897, an unbeaten innings amassed in just 45 minutes.

He is one of only 14 cricketers to have taken a wicket with his first ball in international competition.


  1. "4th Test: England v Australia at Manchester, Jul 17-19, 1899". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>