Lot 213C Grimmett (Australia and Bodyline Series cricketer) hand...

Auction Date: 5/11/2015 at 10:30 am

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C Grimmett (Australia and Bodyline Series cricketer) hand written letter to Herbert Sutcliffe - dated 1975 with reference to the time that they were both engaged as opponents and bringing back memories of those days. And once again further comments with regards to the test series in Australia with comments such as “the cricket was very weak on both sides and the fundamental things at alleged test players ignored were beyond belief” further remarks with regards the present day fast bowlers and batsman when looking back Harold Larwood and Bill Voce’s were far superior. Further comparisons are included Patsy Hendren, Sutcliffe, Hammond, Woolley, and “the best left-hander I’ve ever seen Eddie Paynter” and bowlers McCartney, Andrews, Woodful, Ponsford et al were far superior and would have created great problems for the batsmen of ’75. Plus more comparison which again make great reading. Plus 1929 Manchester Guardian newspaper cutting covering the Test Match which included both Sutcliffe and Grimmett (2) Note Grimmett played 37 Tests between 1924 and 1936, taking 216 wickets at an average of just 24.21 runs apiece. He took two five wicket hauls on debut against England in Sydney in 1925. He became the first bowler to reach the milestone of taking 200 Test wickets, and is one of only four Test bowlers that played in their first Test after the age of thirty to take more than 100 wickets. His first-class records holds a total of 1,424 wickets in 248 matches between 1911 and 1941, again at a rate close to six wickets per match. This total included 5 wicket bags on over 120 occasions and - in one performance for a touring Australian side against Yorkshire in 1930, he took 10 wickets for 37 runs off 22.3 overs, one of only a very small number of players to have claimed all of the wickets in an innings

Hammer Price: £65.00

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