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Fred Spofforth

Cricketer Fred Spofforth

Full Name: Frederick Robert "Fred" Spofforth
Profession: Cricketer

Nationality:
Australia
Australian

Why Famous: Known as "The Demon Bowler" Spofforth was arguably Australia's finest pace bowler of the 19th century.

The first bowler to take 50 test wickets, Spofforth was also the first to achieve a test hat-trick in 1879.

Spofforth ended his 18 test career with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41.

Born: September 9, 1853
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: June 4, 1926 (aged 72)
Cause of Death: Chronic colitis

Historical Events

  • 1877-03-31 Test Cricket debut of feared Australian fast bowler Fred "The Demon" Spofforth; Australia loses 2nd Test by 4 wickets vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1879-01-02 Australian fast bowler Fred Spofforth dismisses 3 English batsmen with consecutive deliveries during the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Test cricket's first "hat-trick"
  • 1882-08-29 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth completes 14-90 (7-46 & 7-44) in one-off Test v England in London
  • 1884-05-26 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 against an England XI in a tour match in Birmingham; match over in just 4 hours

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