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Walter William Read (born 23 November 1855 in Reigate, Surrey, died 6 January 1907 in Addiscombe Park, Surrey) was an English cricketer, who was a fluent right hand bat. An occasional bowler of lobs, he sometimes switched to quick overarm deliveries. He captained England in two Test matches, winning them both. Read was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1893.

Walter Read
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Personal information
Full nameWalter William Read
Born(1855-11-23)23 November 1855
Reigate, Surrey, England
Died6 January 1907(1907-01-06) (aged 51)
Addiscombe Park, Surrey, England
BowlingRight arm slow (underarm)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 40)30 December 1882 v Australia
Last Test26 August 1893 v Australia
Domestic team information
1890Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 18 467
Runs scored 720 22,349
Batting average 27.69 32.06
100s/50s 1/5 38/113
Top score 117 338
Balls bowled 60 5,597
Wickets 0 108
Bowling average 32.25
5 wickets in innings 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 0/27 6/24
Catches/stumpings 16/– 381/20
Source: CricketArchive, 23 September 2008
Caricature of W Read


Cricket careerEdit

Read took part in the original Ashes series of 1882–3 and is commemorated by the poem inscribed on the side of the urn:

When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn.

He played for Surrey from 1873 to 1897, scoring 338 for them against Oxford University in 1888. At the time, it was the second highest first-class score ever made. He was a member of the side that won the County Championship in 1890-2, 1894 and 1895. After W. G. Grace he was the most prolific amateur of his day.

He became the first number 10 to score a hundred in Test cricket when he made 117 against Australia at The Oval in 1884. His match-saving innings remains the highest score by a No. 10 in Tests. He reached his century in 113 minutes with 36 scoring strokes. His partnership of 151 with William Scotton remains England's highest for the ninth wicket against Australia. According to Sir Home Gordon, Read was furious at being held down so low in the order.

See alsoEdit


  • "Walter Read".

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