Hedley Verity

Country: England
Born: May 18, 1905, Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Died: July 31, 1943, Caserta, Italy, (aged 38y 74d)

Hedley Verity Bio

Hedley Verity, born on 18 May 1905 in Headingley, England, was a legendary cricketer who established himself as one of the greatest bowlers of his time. Verity’s career was tragically cut short when he died in 1943 due to wounds sustained during World War II, dying a prisoner of war in Italy.

Verity’s exceptional bowling skills garnered him immense praise and admiration from both teammates and opponents alike. His left-arm spin bowling technique combined natural talent with meticulous artistry, making him a formidable force on the field. His remarkable accuracy, impeccable length, and a wide range of variation in his deliveries made him an intimidating opponent. He would analyze his own intentions without losing the element of surprise and describe their effect without losing the attention of his audience. Verity’s dedication to perfecting his craft and his humble demeanor made him a beloved figure in the cricketing world.

Throughout his illustrious career, Verity achieved exceptional milestones. He took a staggering 1,956 wickets in first-class cricket with an average of 14.87 runs per wicket, making him one of the most successful bowlers of his era. In a Test career spanning 1931 to 1939, Verity played 40 matches and took 144 wickets at an average of 24.37 runs per wicket. He holds the distinction of being the only cricketer to take 14 wickets in a day in a Test match, achieved against Australia at Lord’s in 1934.

Verity’s ability to perform consistently in all conditions, as well as his unwavering determination, set him apart from his contemporaries. In each of his nine full English seasons, he took a minimum of 150 wickets, averaging an impressive 185 wickets per season. He topped the first-class English bowling averages in his maiden season (1930) and his final season (1939), never finishing lower than fifth. His prowess on the field was legendary, and he frequently outsmarted some of the greatest batsmen of his time, including Sir Donald Bradman.

However, Verity was not just an exceptional bowler but also a valuable lower-order batsman. Though his batting skills did not match up to the quality of his bowling, Verity was known for his elegant style and graceful stroke play. He often played crucial innings that bailed his team out of difficult situations, all while displaying a calm and composed demeanor.

Verity’s untimely death in 1943 robbed the cricketing world of one of its true greats. He displayed immense bravery and courage during World War II, ultimately sacrificing his life for his country. Even today, Verity’s legacy lives on, and the impact he made on the sport is remembered and cherished by fans and players alike. His commitment to the game, his modesty, and his exceptional skill set him apart as a true gentleman of cricket.

Hedley Verity will forever be remembered as one of England’s finest cricketers, leaving an indelible mark on the sport and inspiring future generations of players. His outstanding bowling records and unwavering dedication to the game ensure that his name will always be associated with excellence and sportsmanship.

Hedley Verity Career Stats

Hedley Verity Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 40 44 12 669 66* 20.9 - - 0 3 - 0 30 0
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FC 378 416 106 5603 101 18.07 - - 1 13 - - 269 0
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Hedley Verity Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 40 73 11173 3510 144 8/43 15/104 24.37 1.88 77.5 9 5 2
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FC 378 - 84219 29145 1956 10/10 - 14.9 2.07 43 - 164 54
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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