Frank Ryan (cricketer)

Francis Peter Ryan (14 November 1888 – 5 January 1954) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Glamorgan.

Frank Ryan
Cricket information
BattingLeft-handed batsman
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 247
Runs scored 1908
Batting average 7.98
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 52*
Balls bowled 43519
Wickets 1013
Bowling average 21.04
5 wickets in innings 86
10 wickets in match 18
Best bowling 8-41
Catches/stumpings 105/-

Ryan, born in Tundla, United Provinces, India, was a left arm finger spinner and took 913 wickets for Glamorgan in a career which spanned three decades. He had debuted in 1919 for Hampshire and played two seasons for the county. In 1921 he joined the Lancashire Leagues and impressed the Glamorgan recruiters who signed him up for the following summer.

In a game against Derbyshire during the 1925 season he took his career best figures of 8 for 41 to finish the year with 133 wickets. It was one of five years that he managed to take 100 wickets and the total set a Glamorgan record for most wickets in a county season until it was surpassed four years later by Jack Mercer.

Ryan's career was overshadowed at times by his controversial off-field persona, particularly his heavy drinking.

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