Frank Woolley

Country: England
Born: May 27, 1887, Tonbridge, Kent
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Medium, Slow Left arm Orthodox
Died: October 18, 1978, Chester, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, (aged 91y 144d)

Frank Woolley Bio

Frank Edward Woolley, born on 27 May 1887, in Tonbridge, Kent, England, was a legendary cricketer known for his elegant left-handed batting and skilled slow left-arm bowling. Woolley’s career spanned from 1906 to 1938, during which he established himself as one of the finest all-rounders of his time.

Woolley began his cricketing journey at a young age, spending countless hours honing his skills at the Tonbridge Cricket Ground. His natural talent caught the attention of many, and in 1903, he was invited to participate in the morning practice sessions and play in matches in the afternoons. By 1906, Woolley made his debut for Kent County Cricket Club, where he quickly made a name for himself as a promising talent.

Throughout his illustrious career, Woolley amassed an impressive record, scoring 58,969 runs at an average of 40.75, including 145 centuries. His exquisite timing, impeccable footwork, and mastery of all cricketing shots made him a joy to watch for spectators. Woolley’s highest Test score came in the second Test against Australia in 1921 when he scored 95 and 93 in a remarkable display of batting prowess.

In addition to his batting exploits, Woolley was also a skilled bowler, taking 2,066 wickets at an average of 19.87. His graceful bowling action and ability to extract turn from the pitch made him a formidable asset for Kent and England. Woolley’s ability to contribute with both bat and ball made him a valuable all-rounder in an era where such players were highly valued.

Off the field, Woolley was known for his sportsmanship and dedication to the game. He believed in playing cricket the right way, always prioritizing team performance over individual accolades. Woolley’s commitment to the spirit of the game earned him the respect of his peers and fans alike.

After retiring from professional cricket in 1938, Woolley remained involved in the sport through coaching and administrative roles. His contributions to Kent County Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) were recognized with life memberships and committee positions. Woolley’s love for the game continued well into his later years, as he remained an active participant in cricketing events and matches.

In January 1971, at the age of 84, Woolley traveled to Australia to witness Test matches, demonstrating his enduring passion for the sport. Later that year, he remarried, cementing his love for life and cricket.

Frank Woolley’s legacy as one of cricket’s greatest all-rounders endures to this day, with his record-breaking achievements and graceful playing style serving as a testament to his enduring impact on the sport. His name remains synonymous with elegance, skill, and sportsmanship, making him a revered figure in the annals of cricket history.

Frank Woolley Career Stats

Frank Woolley Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 64 98 7 3283 154 36.07 - - 5 23 - 15 64 0
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FC 978 1530 84 58959 305* 40.77 - - 145 295 - - 1018 0
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Frank Woolley Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 64 87 6495 2815 83 7/76 10/49 33.91 2.6 78.2 1 4 1
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FC 978 - 94949 41058 2066 8/22 - 19.87 2.59 45.9 - 132 28
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