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Ian Folley (9 January 1963 – 30 August 1993) was an English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a left-arm bowler, initially a medium-pacer and later a spinner.

Ian Folley
Personal information
Born(1963-01-09)9 January 1963
Stoneyholme, Burnley, Lancashire, England
Died30 August 1993(1993-08-30) (aged 30)
Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
BowlingLeft-arm seamer, left-arm spinner
Domestic team information

Folley started his career as a seamer in 1982, playing for Lancashire. He switched to spin bowling after coaching and encouragement from Jack Bond. Over the next two seasons, he averaged less than thirty with the ball, taking 129 wickets, and in one match, had match figures of 12/57. Lined up for an England team spot, he suffered an injury to his left arm, and quit the game, after tours to Jamaica and Zimbabwe.

In 1991 he was given a second chance, playing for Derbyshire, but his first-team performances did not live up to his earlier performances.

Two years later, playing for Whitehaven, Folley was hit underneath the eye in a freak accident while batting in a match against Workington, and was taken to local hospital for a minor operation to repair his perforated eyeball[1] There, while under anaesthesia, he suffered a heart attack and died.[2] The hospital later admitted negligence.[3] He was thirty years old.


  1. ^ Jason Cowley Spinning a cricketing hero in my mind's eye, The Guardian, 3 September 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2014
  2. ^ Reed, Matthew (22 November 2005). "Brief profile of Ian Folley". Retrieved 28 November 2014. ... he suffered a fatal heart attack while under anaesthetic
  3. ^ Ten fatal cricket injuries before Phillip Hughes died, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 November 2014

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