Billy King (cricketer)

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Billy King
Personal information
Full name William Robert King
Born (1902-12-16)16 December 1902
County Clare, Ireland
Died January 1987 (aged 84–85)
Dublin, Ireland
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Left-arm orthodox spin
Domestic team information
Years Team
1922 Dublin University
Career statistics
Source: CricketArchive, 15 December 2007

William Robert "Billy" King (16 December 1902 in County Clare, Ireland – January 1987 in Dublin)[1] was an all-round sportsman who played cricket for both Ireland[2] and the Straits Settlements,[3] and played rugby union for Singapore.[2]


Educated mainly in Tipperary, he excelled at sport, particularly cricket and rugby union. He entered Dublin University in 1921, where he quickly found himself part of the cricket team,[2] for whom he played a first-class match against Essex in 1922.[4] His sole appearance for the Irish national side came against Wales in August 1923,[5] scoring 45 as Ireland beat Wales by an innings.[2]

Soon after that match, he took up an appointment in Singapore, and eventually played both rugby for Singapore[2] and cricket for the Straits Settlements, playing against the Federated Malay States in 1926.[6] He joined the army in 1941, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the Battle of Singapore. He was captured when the city fell and spent the remainder of the war in Changi Prison. He later returned to live in Ireland, and married late in life, having children in his late 70s.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cricket Archive profile
  2. ^ a b c d e f CricketEurope Stats Zone biography
  3. ^ Teams played for by Billy King at CricketArchive
  4. ^ First-class matches played by Billy King at CricketArchive
  5. ^ CricketEurope Stats Zone profile Archived 21 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Scorecard of Federated Malay States v Straits Settlements, 31 July 1926 at CricketArchive