Maurice Tate

Country: England
Born: May 30, 1895, Preston, Brighton, Sussex
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast, Right arm Medium, Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder
Died: May 18, 1956, Wadhurst, Sussex, (aged 60y 354d)

Maurice Tate Bio

Maurice William Tate, affectionately known as “Chubby,” was a legendary English cricketer who graced the sport during his time on the field. Born on May 30, 1895, in Eastbourne, Sussex, Tate followed in the footsteps of his father, Fred Tate, who was also a renowned cricketer.

Tate began his cricketing journey as a slow off-break bowler but later developed into a fast-medium bowler with a deceptive swerve and incredible pace off the pitch. He was known to be the first bowler to deliberately use the seam, which made him a formidable opponent for even the best batsmen of his time. His ability to consistently maintain an immaculate length and his evident enjoyment of the game made him one of the most feared and respected bowlers of his era.

Between 1912 and 1937, when he retired from the game, Tate took a remarkable total of 2,784 wickets at an average cost of just 18.12 runs each. His outstanding talent and skill were recognized early on by A. E. R. Gilligan, his county and England captain. Gilligan recounted an incident where he advised Tate to change his style of bowling from slow to quick after being consistently dismissed by his slow deliveries. The change proved to be a turning point in Tate’s career, as he went on to become a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field.

Tate’s most memorable performances include the Test Trial at Lord’s in 1923, where he took an astonishing five wickets without conceding a single run. Furthermore, in 1924, during the test series against South Africa in Birmingham, Tate and Gilligan joined forces to dismiss the whole South African team for just 30 runs.

His exceptional performances were not limited to his bowling prowess alone. Tate also showcased his batting skills, scoring a career-high 100 not out against South Africa in the Lord’s Test in 1929. Tate’s contributions with the bat were vital, as he completed the cricketers’ double of scoring over 1,000 runs and taking more than 100 wickets in a season on eight separate occasions.

Tate’s cricketing achievements extended beyond the boundaries of the county matches. He represented England in a total of 39 Test matches, taking an impressive 155 wickets. His exceptional talent with the ball consolidated his position as one of the greatest bowlers the game has ever seen, with only A. V. Bedser and S. F. Barnes surpassing his Test wicket count.

Despite his remarkable achievements, Tate remained a down-to-earth and affable individual. His infectious personality, characterized by a broad grin and jovial nature, made him a beloved figure among players and fans alike. Tate’s charismatic charm enabled him to forge numerous friendships wherever he went.

After retiring from first-class cricket, Tate ventured into various ventures. He acquired the licenses of several inns in Sussex and spent several years coaching the boys of Tonbridge School, imparting his cricketing knowledge and skill to the next generation of players.

Maurice William Tate, with his extraordinary talent, larger-than-life personality, and unwavering love for the game, left an indelible mark on cricket history. His legacy stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication, skill, and remarkable sportsmanship, making him a true icon of the sport.

Maurice Tate Career Stats

Maurice Tate Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 39 52 5 1198 100* 25.48 - - 1 5 - 14 11 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 679 970 103 21717 203 25.04 - - 23 93 - - 283 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Maurice Tate Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 39 68 12523 4055 155 6/42 11/228 26.16 1.94 80.7 7 7 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 679 - 150461 50571 2784 9/71 - 18.16 2.01 54 - 195 44
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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