|Full name||Francis Appleyard|
26 September 1905|
Clifton[disambiguation needed], England
|Died||12 October 1971
|Batting style||Right hand batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm Fast-medium|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||7 June 1939 Minor Counties v Oxford University|
|Last First-class||MCC v Minor Counties|
|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.
- Francis Appleyard at Cricket Archive