Arthur Wood (cricketer, born 1898)

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Arthur Wood
Personal information
Full name Arthur Wood
Born (1898-08-25)25 August 1898
Fagley, Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Died 1 April 1973(1973-04-01) (aged 74)
Middleton, Ilkley, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 4 420
Runs scored 80 8,842
Batting average 20.00 21.20
100s/50s –/1 1/43
Top score 53 123*
Balls bowled 30
Wickets 1
Bowling average 33.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/33
Catches/stumpings 10/1 631/255
Source: Content-aus,, 15 July 2011

Arthur Wood (25 August 1898 – 1 April 1973) was a Yorkshire[1] and England cricketer, who played as the wicket-keeper in four Tests from 1938 to 1939.

Life and career[edit]

Wood was born in Fagley,[2] Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He appeared in 420 first-class matches from 1927 to 1949.[3] A right-hander, he scored 8,842 runs, averaging 21.20, with one century and 43 fifties, and made 886 dismissals, including 255 stumpings. He was awarded his Yorkshire cap in 1929, and made the wicket-keeping position at Yorkshire his own through the 1930s, including making 225 consecutive appearances. His most successful season with the bat was in 1935, when he scored his only century (123 not out against Worcestershire);[1] in this season he passed 1,000 runs for the only time, the first Yorkshire wicket-keeper to do so.

In 1938, Wood made his Test debut against Australia, just days before his 40th birthday. A late selection, he travelled from Leeds to London by taxi. On arrival in London the taxi driver asked him for the fare of £7 15s, Wood is believed to have informed him that he was only paying for the ride, not buying the taxi.[2] He, however, contributed 53 in 92 minutes off 95 balls, to England's then world record total of 903–7 declared. Joining Joe Hardstaff with The Oval scoreboard reading 770–6 when Len Hutton was dismissed for 364, he famously quipped "I was always the man for a crisis" before sharing a stand of 106 for the seventh wicket.[4]

In 1939, Wood was selected as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year; also in this year came his other three Test matches, which were against the West Indies, and were the last Tests before World War II.[4]

His benefit match was the Yorkshire versus Middlesex match, played at Park Avenue, Bradford, on 8–11 July 1939.[5] Wood made 408 first-class appearances for Yorkshire.[1]

Wood died in Middleton, Ilkley, Yorkshire in 1973, aged 74.


  1. ^ a b c Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  2. ^ a b "Arthur Wood | England Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". 1 April 1973. Retrieved 10 December 2012. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ a b Warner, David (2012). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2012 Yearbook (114th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 62=. ISBN 978-1-905080-06-9. 
  5. ^ "Arthur Wood (Yorkshire) : Cricket Benefit Brochures". Retrieved 10 December 2012.