Colin Blythe

Colin Blythe

BatRight-handBowlLeft-arm slow orthadox
Born-National Team Eligibility-
Years of Service1899-1914DebutKent 1899, MCC 1905, England 1901.
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Other Teams

AC MacLaren's XI, South of England, Rest of England, J Banford's XI, JR Mason's XI, Players, Kent & Yorkshire, MCC and England.

Player Biography

A great slow left-armer, possessing a classical delivery and looping flight. His action was elegant and smooth, a few strides leading into a perfect upright sideways-on delivery. He pitched the ball up to encourage the drive into a strong off-side field, and with sufficient spin to trap any batsman unwise enough to try and hit against it. He varied his pace well, and was deceptive through the air, with more pace than most batsmen realised until too late. On the uncovered wickets before World War One, he was almost unplayable after rain, or when the pitch started to crumble. He relished the challenge of bowling to hard-hitting batsman, bringing to his art the virtue of considerable imagination – he seemed always to have something more up his sleeve. He debuted for Kent when 20 years old, and took over 100 wickets in his second season. He bowled little the following year, due to illness, but from 1902 to his final season in 1914 he took more than 10 wickets every year. His best year was 1909, when he took 215 wickets. In 1907 he took more wickets in a day than anyone else in first-class cricket history, following 10 for 30 (including 7 wickets for 1 run in 36 balls) with 7-18 against Northamptonshire. He toured Australia and South Africa twice, and America once, but in general found bowling overseas less to his taste than in English conditions. He was a fine violinist, and his artistic temperament, as well as his epilepsy did not always react well to the stress of Test matches. He died tragically young, killed in action at Passchendaele, and his memorial stands on the St. Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.