George Simpson-Hayward

Country: England
Born: June 07, 1875, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Died: October 02, 1936, Icomb Place, Gloucestershire, (aged 61y 117d)

George Simpson-Hayward Bio

George Hayward Thomas Simpson-Hayward, widely known as G. H. Simpson-Hayward, was a renowned cricket player who represented England. Born on November 9, 1876, in Worcestershire, England, Simpson-Hayward displayed exceptional talent and skills in the sport throughout his career. He was considered one of the last underhand bowlers in first-class cricket, utilizing a unique technique that set him apart from his contemporaries.

Simpson-Hayward began his cricket journey at an early age, attending Malvern before pursuing higher education at Cambridge University. Although he did not receive his blue, an accolade given to Cambridge University cricketers who represent the university against Oxford University in the annual Varsity Matches, Simpson-Hayward’s talent did not go unnoticed. He eventually made his way into the Worcestershire cricket team in 1902, where he showcased his remarkable abilities both as a bowler and a batsman.

Known for his unconventional style, Simpson-Hayward’s bowling technique was characterized by his ability to make the ball break sharply from the off, despite his low trajectory. Unlike most lob bowlers of his time, he often eschewed flighting the ball and rarely relied on spin from his leg. His unique skill set proved to be highly effective, leading to many successful outings on the field.

In 1908, Simpson-Hayward enjoyed a highly productive season, claiming 68 wickets at an average cost of 18.61. During a match against the University at Oxford, he exhibited his batting prowess by scoring an impressive 105 runs out of a total of 140 in a mere eighty minutes. Following that remarkable innings, he further showcased his bowling skills, taking six wickets for mere 13 runs. His consistent performance earned him a place in the Gentlemen team at Lord’s, although he did not achieve the same level of success as his counterpart, D. L. A. Jephson, who dismissed six Players for just 21 runs in 1899 using his lob bowling technique.

Simpson-Hayward’s most outstanding feat came during the tour of South Africa in 1909 as part of Mr. H. D. G. Leveson Gower’s team. In the five Tests, he took a total of 23 wickets at an impressive average of 18.26 runs each. In the first Test held in Johannesburg, he showcased his exceptional ability to spin the ball on the matting wickets, achieving a remarkable analysis of 6 wickets for 43 runs in the first innings.

Aside from his cricketing prowess, Simpson-Hayward was also recognized for his skills in Association football. Before adding Hayward to his name, he played as a full back against Oxford from 1896 to 1898. This further highlights his versatility as a sportsman and his natural talent in various disciplines.

George Hayward Thomas Simpson-Hayward’s contribution to cricket is undeniable, leaving an indelible mark on the sport. With his exceptional bowling technique, all-round ability, and remarkable performances both at home and on international tours, he cemented his place in the cricketing history of England. Even after his demise on October 2, 1938, at the age of 61, his legacy as one of the last underhand bowlers continues to inspire future generations of cricketers.

George Simpson-Hayward Career Stats

George Simpson-Hayward Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 8 1 105 29* 15 - - 0 0 - 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 200 325 26 5556 130 18.58 - - 3 9 - - 134 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

George Simpson-Hayward Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 5 10 898 420 23 6/43 8/102 18.26 2.8 39 1 2 0
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 200 - 20244 10762 503 7/54 - 21.39 3.18 40.2 - 31 1
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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