Bill Ashdown

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Bill Ashdown
Personal information
Full name William Henry Ashdown
Born (1898-12-27)27 December 1898
Bromley, Kent, England
Died 15 September 1979(1979-09-15) (aged 80)
Rugby, Warwickshire, England
Nickname Bill
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium-fast
Domestic team information
Years Team
1920–1937 Kent
Umpiring information
Tests umpired 3 (1949–1950)
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 487
Runs scored 22,589
Batting average 30.73
100s/50s 39/105
Top score 332
Balls bowled 44,212
Wickets 602
Bowling average 32.47
5 wickets in innings 13
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/23
Catches/stumpings 400/1
Source: CricketArchive, 17 April 2009

William Henry Ashdown (27 December 1898 – 15 September 1979) was an English cricketer, and is one of the very few men who played first-class cricket before the First World War and after the Second World War.[1]

Ashdown was born in Bromley, Kent. He first played first-class cricket in 1914, playing for Gerry Weigall's XI against Oxford University in The Parks, aged 15.

He played for Kent County Cricket Club after the First World War. He scored 39 centuries, including a highest score of 332 against Essex in 1934. He scored more than 1,000 runs in 11 seasons of county cricket. He was also successful as a bowler, taking 602 wickets at a bowling average of 32.47. He retired in 1937. However, he returned to play a final first-class match in 1947, aged 48, for Maurice Leyland's XI against the Rest of England at Harrogate when he scored 42 and 40 and took 5 for 73.

He became an umpire after retiring from first class cricket, and stood in two Tests against New Zealand in 1949 and one against the West Indies in 1950. He stepped down from the umpire's list resume his playing career as captain of Leicestershire 2nd XI until he was 55, doubling up as their coach and scorer. He died in Rugby, Warwickshire, aged 80.


  1. ^ Another was D. B. Deodhar, who played in the Bombay Triangular in 1911 and the Ranji Trophy in 1946.