Alan Wharton

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Alan Wharton
Personal information
Full name Alan Wharton
Born (1923-04-30)30 April 1923
Heywood, Lancashire, England
Died 26 August 1993(1993-08-26) (aged 70)
Colne, Lancashire, England
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 482
Runs scored 20 21,796
Batting average 10.00 32.24
100s/50s –/– 31/110
Top score 13 199
Balls bowled 16,844
Wickets 237
Bowling average 31.59
5 wickets in innings 2
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 7/33
Catches/stumpings –/– 288/–
Source: [1]

Alan Wharton (30 April 1923 – 26 August 1993) was an English cricketer, who played for Lancashire, Leicestershire and England.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Wharton was born in Heywood, Lancashire, England.[2]

An attacking left-handed batsman, Wharton appeared to have a long Test match career ahead of him when, following three centuries in seven matches, he was picked for the Headingley Test against New Zealand in 1949. He helped Cyril Washbrook score a century by acting as his runner then, following orders, threw his bat in scoring just 7 and 13. He was injured before the next match at Lord's, and was never chosen again.[2]

Wharton was a mainstay of Lancashire's strong batting line-up through the 1950s, scoring 1,000 runs in nine seasons and acting as captain on several occasions. He opened the innings regularly in his later years with Lancashire, scoring one "brilliant" century against the touring Australians of 1956 on a green flier of a wicket.[3] In 1961, he moved to Leicestershire where, with former Yorkshire and England batsman Willie Watson as captain, he was part of a temporary revival in the fortunes of one of the traditionally weaker counties. He scored 1,000 runs again in 1961 and 1962 and retired at the end of the following year.[1]

In addition to his batting, Wharton was a useful right-arm medium bowler, often used to break partnerships.[1]

Outside of cricket, Wharton was a magistrate and a much respected teacher of English at Colne Primet High School, and he also played rugby league for Salford.[2]

Wharton died, in Colne, Lancashire, in August 1993, at the age of 70.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wisden. "Alan Wharton". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 186. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  3. ^ Fingleton, Jack (1958). Masters of Cricket: From Trumper to May. Heinemann. p. 245.