Billy Sutcliffe

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Billy Sutcliffe
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Personal information
Full name William Herbert Hobbs Sutcliffe
Born (1926-10-10)10 October 1926
Pudsey, Yorkshire, England
Died 16 September 1998(1998-09-16) (aged 71)
Collingham, West Yorkshire
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium, leg-break
Role Batsman, captain
Domestic team information
Years Team
1948–1957 Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 210
Runs scored 7530
Batting average 26.42
100s/50s 6/38
Top score 181
Balls bowled 672
Wickets 15
Bowling average 22.26
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/12
Catches/stumpings 90/–
Source: Cricinfo, 25 October 2013

William "Billy" Herbert Hobbs Sutcliffe (10 October 1926 – 16 September 1998) was an English amateur first-class cricketer,[1] and the son of Herbert Sutcliffe; his middle name was in honour of Jack Hobbs.

Sutcliffe was born in Pudsey, near Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Playing as a right-handed batsman and occasional medium and leg break bowler, he made his debut for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1948, and retired from the first-class game in 1959.[1] In 210 first-class matches, he scored 7,530 runs, with a career best score of 181 against Kent in 1952,[2] at an average of 26.42. He scored six centuries in all, including 171 not out against Worcestershire and 161 not out against Glamorgan. Bob Appleyard recalled that Sutcliffe batted with a 2 pounds 6 ounces bat, which had to be specially made as it was considered very heavy in its day.[citation needed]

He toured India with the Commonwealth XI in 1950-51 (adding 301 for the fourth wicket with Frank Worrell in the match against Ceylon),[3] and Pakistan with the MCC in 1955-56.

Sutcliffe captained Yorkshire as an amateur for two years in 1956 and 1957. He led a recovering Yorkshire to third in the County Championship in his final season in charge. Brian Close called him "a super lad who made himself into a county cricketer because it was expected of him, and because he believed in Yorkshire cricket and its right to pre-eminence. He was happier having a pint and a natter than he was in cracking the whip on the field".[citation needed] The Yorkshire and England spin bowler and MCC coach Don Wilson said "It was unfair to suggest he was only in the job because of his name. He was a great league player and had proved himself a knowledgeable captain for Leeds. It was the senior players who were at the root of this malediction."[citation needed]

He later served on the Yorkshire committee, and on the Test selection panel in 1969 and 1970.[4]

He died in September 1998 in Collingham, Yorkshire.


  1. ^ a b Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 379. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  2. ^ Kent v Yorkshire 1952
  3. ^ Ceylon v Commonwealth XI 1950-51
  4. ^ Wisden 1999, p. 1491.

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