|Full name||Alan Wharton|
30 April 1923|
Heywood, Lancashire, England
|Died||26 August 1993
Colne, Lancashire, England
|Batting style||Left-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
Life and career
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.
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. 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.
In addition to his batting, Wharton was a useful right-arm medium bowler, often used to break partnerships.
Wharton died, in Colne, Lancashire, in August 1993, at the age of 70.