George Duckworth

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George Duckworth
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Personal information
Full name George Duckworth
Born (1901-05-09)9 May 1901
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Died 5 January 1966(1966-01-05) (aged 64)
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Occasional right arm medium
Role Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 219) 26 July 1924 v South Africa
Last Test 18 August 1936 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1923–1938 Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 24 504
Runs scored 234 4,947
Batting average 14.62 14.59
100s/50s 0/0 0/6
Top score 39 not out 75
Balls bowled 0 68
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 45/15 755/343
Source: CricketArchive, 28 February 2009

George Duckworth (9 May 1901 – 5 January 1966) was a professional cricketer who played first-class cricket for Lancashire and England.

Duckworth, who won his cricketing fame as a wicket-keeper, was born and died in Warrington, Lancashire, and joined Lancashire in 1922. He playing his first game for the county in 1923 and his last in 1938 and went on to become a member of the Lancashire committee. 1928 was his best season, with him taking 77 catches and 30 stumpings, and this earned him the accolade of being one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1929. He played 24 Test matches for England, but as a wicket-keeper he was in direct competition in his later years with Les Ames, who was a much better batsman. He was awarded a benefit in 1934, which raised £1,257. He was reputed to have the loudest shout of appeal of any cricketer of his time.

Duckworth's total of 925 dismissals for Lancashire is a record for the county.

After retirement, Duckworth was a journalist and a broadcaster on both cricket and rugby league. He also acted as a cricket tour organiser and as baggage master and scorer on MCC tours.

A dog-bone roundabout in his home town Warrington has been named after him. Duckworth's Roundabout is at Birchwood Way (A574) and Oakwood Gate.

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