Thomas Wass

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Thomas Wass
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Personal information
Born(1873-12-26)26 December 1873
Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Died27 October 1953(1953-10-27) (aged 79)
Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches312
Runs scored2,138
Batting average 7.29
100s/50s0/1
Top score56
Balls bowled71,399
Wickets 1,666
Bowling average 20.46
5 wickets in innings 159
10 wickets in match45
Best bowling9-67
Catches/stumpings 114/0

Thomas George Wass (26 December 1873 – 27 October 1953), known as Tom Wass, was a Nottinghamshire bowler who is best remembered, along with Albert Hallam, for bowling that gave Nottinghamshire a brilliant County Championship win in 1907. Wass also holds the record for the most wickets taken for Nottinghamshire - 1633 for 20.34 each.

Albert Hallam English cricketer

Albert William Hallam was an English off spin bowler who is primarily remembered, along with Thomas Wass, for giving Nottinghamshire an astonishing win in the County Championship of 1907. They did not lose a single match and managed to win fifteen out of nineteen games in which a ball was actually bowled. This is the highest proportion of wins by an undefeated side and the third highest proportion of wins in County Championship history – and the two higher figures were in very dry summers with almost no rain interruptions.

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club sports club

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Nottinghamshire. The club's limited overs team is called the Notts Outlaws. The county club was founded in 1841 but Nottinghamshire teams formed by earlier organisations, essentially the old Nottingham Cricket Club, had played top-class cricket since 1771 and the county club has always held first-class status. Nottinghamshire have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

County Championship Domestic first-class cricket competition in England and Wales

The County Championship, currently known as the Specsavers County Championship for sponsorship reasons, is the domestic first-class cricket competition in England and Wales and is organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It became an official title in 1890. The competition consists of eighteen clubs named after, and originally representing, historic counties, seventeen from England and one from Wales. From 2016, the Championship has been sponsored by Specsavers, who replaced Liverpool Victoria after 14 years.

Tall and solidly built, Wass had a highly rhythmic run-up that allowed him to be, in his prime, fast through the air. However, it was his leg-cutter that made him formidable, and Wass unlike most fast bowlers of the time was very dangerous after rain but less effective on a firm pitch when the ball did not turn. [1] He also had a very difficult slower ball that on his best days caught many batsmen unaware. [2] Wass was a very moderate fieldsman and had no pretensions to be a batsman – though he did score 56 against Derbyshire in 1906, he was dropped four times in doing so. [3]

Derbyshire County Cricket Club English domestic cricket team

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Derbyshire. Its limited overs team is called the Derbyshire Falcons in reference to the famous peregrine falcon which nests on the Derby Cathedral. Founded in 1870, the club held first-class status from its first match in 1871 until 1887. Because of poor performances and lack of fixtures in some seasons, Derbyshire then lost its status for seven seasons until it was invited into the County Championship in 1895. Derbyshire is also classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963; and classified as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003. In recent years the club has enjoyed record attendances with over 24,000 people watching their home Twenty20 fixtures in 2017 – a record for a single campaign. The local derby versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield now regularly sells out in advance.

Wass began his career in local cricket but became a professional for Edinburgh Academicals and Liverpool. [1] Qualified by residence, Wass was offered a place on the Lancashire staff but declined, [1] yet he still took some time to establish himself in a Nottinghamshire side that was in the late 1890s exceedingly weak in bowling [4] and it was never understood why he was given so little to do when he finally broke into the team in the last game against Lancashire. [4] In his first two full seasons, he had very modest records, but in 1900, Wass became Nottinghamshire’s chief bowler along with John Gunn and bowled the team to seven victories as against five in the three season from 1897 to 1899. In 1901, apart from one match on a sticky wicket against a weak Derbyshire eleven, Wass was so disappointing he was dropped from the side. He took 58 wickets at the contemporaneously high cost of 29.72 [5] On the wet wickets of 1902 Wass became one of the most difficult bowlers in the game, capturing 140 wickets at 15.89 run each in all first-class cricket. It remains noteworthy how Wass’ bowling was the decisive factor in each Nottinghamshire victory that summer:

Lancashire County Cricket Club Cricket Team

Lancashire County Cricket Club represents the historic county of Lancashire. The club has held first-class status since it was founded in 1864. Lancashire's home is Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Greater Manchester, England although the team also play matches at other grounds around the county. Lancashire was a founder member of the County Championship in 1890 and have won the competition nine times, most recently in 2011. The club's limited overs team is called Lancashire Lightning.

John Gunn (cricketer) English cricketer

John Richmond Gunn was an English cricketer who played in six Tests from 1901 to 1905.

Trent Bridge cricket ground located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England

Trent Bridge is a cricket ground mostly used for Test, One-day international and County cricket located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, just across the River Trent from the city of Nottingham. Trent Bridge is also the headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. As well as International cricket and Nottinghamshire's home games, the ground has hosted the Finals Day of the Twenty20 Cup twice. In 2009 the ground was used for the ICC World Twenty20 and hosted the semi-final between South Africa and Pakistan. The site takes its name from the nearby main bridge over the Trent, and is also close to Meadow Lane and the City Ground, the football stadia of Notts County and Nottingham Forest respectively.

In 1903, despite numerous soft pitches, Wass was less effective taking 76 wickets, though this was frequently attributed to the extreme placidity of the Trent Bridge pitches in fine weather. [6] Still, in 1904, though overworked in unfavourable conditions, Wass appeared for the Players at Kennington Oval, which was to remain one of only two appearances he ever made in a representative match. [1] In 1905, he was at times deadly but handicapped by an injury in a local game, which kept him out of a third of Nottinghamshire’s county matches. [7]

The Oval cricket ground in Kennington, South London

The Oval, currently referred to for sponsorship purposes as the Kia Oval, is an international cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, in south London. The Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845. It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket in September 1880. The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.

May 1906 saw Wass at his deadliest, including one of the most remarkable games in county cricket at Aigburth, where he took 16 wickets in a day on a sticky wicket, yet Nottinghamshire still lost. [8] However, after he recovered from a strain sustained in the Whitsuntide game against Surrey “the long-continued dry weather found out his limitations”. [9] In 1907, however, Wass opened with something even more sensational: taking 6 wickets for 3 runs against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) after two blank days. This time wet weather continued almost continuously all summer, allowing Wass and Hallam to dominate match after match to such an extent that they took 298 wickets between them in just nineteen games and Nottinghamshire won fifteen of these and were never defeated. Nobody else bar John Gunn did any serious work, and Gunn took only 25 wickets in seventeen matches in which he bowled.

Aigburth District of Liverpool

Aigburth is a town in Liverpool, England. Located to the south of the city, it is bordered by Dingle, Toxteth, Sefton Park, Mossley Hill and Garston.

Marylebone Cricket Club english Cricket Club

Marylebone Cricket Club is a cricket club founded in 1787 and based since 1814 at Lord's cricket ground, which it owns, in St John's Wood, London, England. The club was formerly the governing body of cricket in England and Wales and, as the sport's legislator, held considerable global influence.

Wass was chosen in the thirteen for the First Test against South Africa at Lord’s in 1907 but left out of the final eleven. In 1908, despite the fact that Hallam declined owing to rheumatism in his right shoulder, Wass remained at his best and took sixteen for 103 in a day against Essex. [10] 1909, a summer as wet as 1907, was very disappointing: although Hallam was back to full fitness, Wass had his worst record since 1905, but in the following two years Wass recovered his form and when helped by the wicket remained as formidable as ever despite having lost much of his former pace. [11] The wet summer of 1912 was disappointing with the wickets more helpful than ever: Wass took fifty fewer wickets than in 1907, then in 1913 he failed to reach 100 wickets in a full season for the first time in ten years. 1914, [5] when Wass was handicapped by injury and missed seven games, saw him fall further to 69 wickets at his highest average since 1903. After the war he appeared only once, in Joe Hardstaff senior’s benefit match. "Topsy" Wass was regarded as a character [1] but was generally popular drawing a remarkably warm tribute from Sir Pelham Warner when he died. [12]

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  2. See The Times , 18 June 1902; ‘Sporting Intelligence’
  3. Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden’s Cricketer’s Almanac ; Forty-Fourth Edition (1907); Part II, p. 266
  4. 1 2 Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden’s Cricketer’s Almanac; Thirty-Fifth Edition (1898), p. 162
  5. 1 2 First-Class Bowling in Each Season by Thomas Wass. cricketarchive.com
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  7. Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden’s Cricketer’s Almanac; Forty-Third Edition (1906); Part II, pp. 237, 251
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  12. Cricketer Spring Annual Easter 1954