Wilfred Rhodes

(1877—1973) cricketer

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Yorkshire and England cricketer who took 4187 first-class wickets, more than any other player. He was an all-rounder who played fifty-eight times for his country, making his final appearance at the age of forty-eight. Born at Kirkheaton, near Huddersfield, he first played for Yorkshire in 1898; his last match was in 1930. In that time he scored almost 40000 runs, including 58 centuries and one score of 267 not out. But it was as a slow left-arm bowler that he is best remembered. In only his second match for Yorkshire he took 13 wickets against Somerset. His test debut was in 1899 and his last match for England came in 1926, when he was recalled to play against the Australians. He took 7 for 17 against the Australians at Birmingham in 1902 and two years later, at Melbourne, his match analysis was 15 wickets for 124 runs.

A quiet but popular figure, he became a coach at Harrow School after he give up playing first-class cricket.

From Who's Who in the Twentieth Century in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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