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  • William P Howell (Aus. NSW) Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 19, 2013 by Selby


    William P Howell (Aus, NSW) was born in Penrith New South Wales on December 29th 1869 he died on July 14th 1940 aged 70, in Castlereagh Sydney.

    Cricket Memorabilia associated with Bill Howell is available usually in the form of cricket autographs from his visits with the Australian team to England usually signed individually or on official team sheets over his nine year First Class Cricket career.

    Bill was a popular Australian cricketer of note, renowned for his right arm medium pace spin bowling, he batted left hand in the lower order.

    Bill made his first class debut in 1894 playing at the top level until 1905.

    He made his Test debut, Australia v England at Adelaide in January 1898 playing in 18 Test matches until 1904.

    Known primarily for his bowling skills Bill had the unusual ability to bowl a medium pace spin from a length, evidently bowling a full 23 yards, delivering the ball from behind the crease, he proved himself in November 1894 playing for New South Wales v AE Stoddart’s XI at Sydney cricket ground when he took 5 wickets for 44 runs.

    Stoddart’s X1 won the match by 8 wickets in spite of Frank Iredale putting on 133 runs in the first innings.

    His Test debut, the 3rd Test at the Adelaide Oval in 1898 was a success as he dismissed top order bat AC McLaren (Lancs) in the 1st innings taking 4 wickets for 70 runs, dismissing McLaren again in the 4th Test at Melbourne. Australia won the series 4-1.

    He had varying success with the bat, known for his hard hitting on one memorable  occasion, AE Stoddarts XI v NSW in 1898 at Sydney he scored 95 runs off 69 balls in the 2nd innings.

    In the 1899 England v Australia Test series in the third match he dismissed the entire Surrey team 10/28 (23.2 overs, 14 maidens, 28 runs, 10 wickets).The only batsman not dismissed by Bill was the Captain Kingsmill James Key. The Australian side won by an innings and 71 runs.

    He played well in South Africa v Australia Tests taking 14 wickets for 170 runs his style of bowling was well suited  to the Southern Hemisphere wickets.

    Bill performed well in the Sheffield Shield averaging 22.80 with the ball and a best score of 128 with the bat. Cricket Autographs and Scorecards are available for the SS series

    On his retirement from cricket Bill returned to his favourite hobby of Bee Keeping in Penrith NSW.

    Tony Selby

     

     

     


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