Francis Appleyard

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Francis Appleyard
Personal information
Full name Francis Appleyard
Born (1905-09-26)26 September 1905
Clifton[disambiguation needed], England
Died 12 October 1971(1971-10-12) (aged 66)
Stevenage, England
Batting Right hand batsman
Bowling Right-arm Fast-medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946–1947 Essex
1946–1950 MCC
First-class debut 7 June 1939 Minor Counties v Oxford University
Last First-class MCC v Minor Counties
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 18
Runs scored 74
Batting average 6.72
100s/50s -/-
Top score 15*
Balls bowled 2951
Wickets 30
Bowling average 40.33
5 wickets in innings 2
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 5/14
Catches/stumpings 12/–
Source: CricketArchive, 18 October 2008

Francis Appleyard (26 September 1905 – 12 October 1971) was an English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He was born in Clifton[disambiguation needed] and died in Stevenage.

Appleyard began his Minor Counties career playing for Hertfordshire in 1931, and continued to play Minor Counties cricket until the outbreak of the Second World War. He made his first-class cricketing debut in 1939 for Minor Counties. During the war, Appleyard made ten appearances for a British Empire XI against various assembled teams.

Appleyard made his County Championship debut in the 1946 season, for Essex. Playing as a tailender, Appleyard finished not out on ten occasions from fifteen innings during the season. Appleyard made four further first-class appearances during 1947, a season which once again saw Essex underperform in the County Championship. Having struggled with the bat, Appleyard did not play again in the County Championship beyond this season.

Appleyard made just one further first-class appearance, for Minor Counties, in 1950.

Appleyard's sons, Peter and John, both played cricket for Hertfordshire.

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