|Full name||William James Dines|
14 September 1916|
Colchester, Essex, England
|Died||16 June 1992
Gidea Park, Essex, England
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium
Right-arm off break
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 9 October 2011|
William James Dines (14 September 1916 – 16 June 1992) was an English cricketer. Dines was a right-handed batsman who bowled both right-arm off break and right-arm medium pace, though his medium pace bowler was his primary bowling style. He was born at Colchester, Essex.
Dines made his first-class debut for Essex against Surrey in 1947. He made nineteen further first-class appearances, the last of which came against Cambridge University in 1949. In his twenty first-class appearances for Essex, he scored 431 runs at an average of 18.73, with a high score of 69 not out. This score, which was one of two fifties he made, came against Sussex in 1947. After tasting instant success in his first County Championship match against Northamptonshire in 1947, in which he took the wickets of Harold Walker and Bill Barron in his second over of the match, Dines later found wickets harder to come by. In total he took 15, which came at a bowling average of 65.33, with best figures of 3/35.
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