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Walter (Wally) Hammond Cricket Memorabilia

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments


Walter Hammond Cricket Memorabilia

The best English batsman of the 1930’s, Cricket Memorabilia from Wally Hammond’s Golden days is highly sought after by fans and enthusiasts.

Wally Hammond the Gloucestershire and England all-rounder is remembered as probably one of the four best batsmen ever and signed collectables such as bats, match wear, sepia press photographs, match tickets, completed printed scorecards, tour paraphernalia, hand written letters, caps, autographs and paintings to name but a few are always in demand and none more so than Hammond, Don Bradman, Sid Barnes, and other heroes from this golden era of cricket.

Wally Hammond (1903 – 1965) hails from Dover UK and was educated as a boarder at Cirencester Grammar School where he was captain of the first eleven, on leaving in 1920 he had originally planned to attend the prestigious agriculture college at Winchester however he was given a trial for Gloucestershire Cricket Club where he was quickly signed as a professional. Hammond made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire that same year.

Hammond proving to be a good all-rounder made his first class maiden century against Surrey in 1923 scoring 110/92 as the opening bat. Over the next few years he was often in the eye of the MCC selectors,  notably scoring 250 not out against Lancs in 1925 with 1818 runs for the season plus 68 relatively economic wickets, this was enough to ensure his selection on the winter tour of the West Indies where he averaged 49 runs per innings in first class matches including a couple of centuries, he also took 20 wickets (28.65). After  playing Jamaica Hammond was taken seriously ill with blood poisoning and missed the remaining matches, he was not fully recovered until the start of the 1927 season.

He immediately marked his return to cricket in May 1927 by scoring a 1000 runs during  the first month of the cricket season later that year he joined the winter tour to South Africa making his Test debut in the first match of the series scoring 57 runs as the number 4 bat and taking some useful wickets.

Cricket Memorabilia from the following matches are of particular interest to me :

South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927

Gloucestershire v Glamorgan 1930

Bodyline tour 1932/33

England v New Zealand 1st and 2nd Test, 1933*

England v Australia 1936/37

MCC v Ireland 1950

*In the 1933 Test against New Zealand at Auckland Hammond made 336 runs the fastest ever triple century this is why linking  Cricket Memorabilia to an event can be so important.

Hammond’s cricketing career spanned thirty one years between 1920 -1951 during which he made 50.000 runs and 167 centuries

In just five Test Matches in 1928/29, England v Australia, Hammond scored an incredible 905 runs. Listed below are some of his enviable statistics:

Test Matches:       85

Runs                       7249

Centuries:                 22

Fifties:                       24

Average:                   58.5

Highest score:        336

Wicket                      83 (37.8)

First class runs       50.000 + averaging 58.45

First class wickets   732 (30.58)

Tony Selby

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