Joe Hills

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Joe Hills
Personal information
Full nameJoseph John Hills
Born(1897-10-14)14 October 1897
Plumstead, London, England
Died21 September 1969(1969-09-21) (aged 71)
Westbourne, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
BattingRight-handed
RoleWicketkeeper-batsman
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
19261931 Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches107
Runs scored3474
Batting average 21.57
100s/50s7/12
Top score166
Catches/stumpings 95/4
Source: Cricinfo, 11 April 2021

Joseph John Hills (14 October 1897 — 21 September 1969) was an English first-class cricketer, Test match umpire and professional footballer. [1]

Life and career

Born in London in 1897, Hills served in World War I with the Royal Engineers and was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery as a cabler and telegraphist during the Battle of Amiens. [1] [2]

Hills played professional football as a goalkeeper, moving to Wales when he was signed by Cardiff City in 1924. [3] He also played for Swansea Town and Fulham before a serious injury to his right arm in 1927 ended his career. [1]

Hills played 107 cricket matches for Glamorgan and Wales between 1926 and 1931. A wicket keeper and right-handed batsman, he took 95 catches, completed four stumpings, and scored 3474 runs at an average of 21.57 with a top score of 166 among his seven centuries. [4] In 1929 he shared an unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 203 with Johnnie Clay which is still a county record; at one stage they added 150 runs in 65 minutes. [1] [5] Glamorgan did not renew his contract after the 1931 season owing to the club's financial difficulties. [1]

Hills became an umpire, standing in 286 first-class matches between 1937 and 1956. He umpired the England v South Africa Test at Leeds in 1947. [6] He died in Hampshire in 1969. [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Joe Hills". Glamorgan Cricket Archives. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. Wisden 1971, p. 1034.
  3. Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 89. ISBN   1-85983-462-0.
  4. 1 2 "Joe Hills". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  5. "Glamorgan v Worcestershire 1929". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  6. "Joe Hills as Umpire in First-Class Matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 April 2021.