Joe Blackledge

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Joe Blackledge
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Personal information
Full name Joseph Frederick Blackledge
Born (1928-04-15)15 April 1928
Chorley, Lancashire, England
Died 19 March 2008(2008-03-19) (aged 79)
Southport, Merseyside, England
Batting Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1962 Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 26
Runs scored 569
Batting average 15.37
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 68
Balls bowled 18
Wickets
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 9/0
Source: Cricinfo, 30 January 2016

Joseph Frederick Blackledge (15 April 1928 – 19 March 2008) was a first-class cricketer who played for Lancashire. He played for just one season – 1962 – captaining the team as an amateur in the year before the players and gentlemen distinction was formally abolished.

A fine all-round sportsman at Repton, Joe Blackledge joined the Army and played much cricket for it in Germany. On leaving the Army, he captained Lancashire's second XI and was a successful batsman for Chorley in the Northern League. He was the second-top scorer in the league in 1961.[1]

The Lancashire team he led in 1962 was one of the weakest in the club's long history and finished second from bottom in the table, losing 16 matches and winning only two. Blackledge hit 33 and 68 in the first match against Glamorgan,[2] but contributed little with the bat thereafter, finishing with 548 runs at 15.65 in the Championship. He returned to running the family textile business at the end of the season.

He later served on the Lancashire committee for many years and was President of the club in 2001.

He was the uncle of the former England rugby union captain Bill Beaumont, who took over the family textile business from him.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williamson, Martin. "Joe Blackledge". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Glamorgan v Lancashire 1962". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Wisden 2009, p. 1594.

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