Billy Barnes (cricketer)

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Billy Barnes
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Billy Barnes
Personal information
Full name William Barnes
Born (1852-05-27)27 May 1852
Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
Died 24 March 1899(1899-03-24) (aged 46)
Mansfield Woodhouse, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 21) 6 September 1880 v Australia
Last Test 12 August 1890 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1875–1894 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 21 459
Runs scored 725 15,425
Batting average 23.38 23.19
100s/50s 1/5 21/69
Top score 134 160
Balls bowled 2,289 42,428
Wickets 51 902
Bowling average 15.54 17.12
5 wickets in innings 3 45
10 wickets in match 0 10
Best bowling 6/28 8/64
Catches/stumpings 19/– 342/3
Source: Cricinfo, 2 October 2009

William Barnes (27 May 1852 in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England – 24 March 1899 in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, England) was a professional cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire between 1875 and 1894 and England between 1880 and 1890. In 1890 he was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. Barnes also toured Australia three times and North America once. Barnes was on the groundstaff at Lord's between 1895 and 1898 and umpired as required. He was landlord of the Angel Inn, Mansfield Woodhouse in the off-season. It is there that he died in March 1899. A little-known fact about him is that he had no teeth.

His wife was named Eliza. Although he played cricket professionally, this was only a summer occupation, and in the 1881 Census he listed his profession as a cotton weaver. His brother, Thomas, and nephew, James Barnes, both played first-class cricket.


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Billy Barnes on the playing field