Peter WILLEY

Peter Willey - England - Cricket Test Record for England.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 13 May 1978

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    • POSITION
      Right Hand Bat, Off-breaks
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 06 December 1949
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Sedgefield, Co. Durham
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
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Peter WILLEY - England - Cricket Test Record for England.

Peter Willey is in action for Northampton  in the photograph above.

 

Date Test Venue Opp. 1st Inns 2nd Inns Batting Ct Result
22/07/76 4 Leeds WI 1-0-4-0 dnb 36 & 45 0 Lost
12/08/76 5 The Oval WI 3-0-11-0 dnb 33 & 1 0 Lost
30/08/79 4 The Oval Ind 4-1-10-0 43.5-15-96-2 52 & 31 0 Draw
14/12/79 1 Perth Aus dnb 1-0-1-0 9 & 12 1 Lost
04/01/80 2 Sydney Aus 1-0-2-0 4-0-17-0 8 & 3 0 Lost
01/02/80 3 Melbourne Aus 13-2-36-0 dnb 1 & 2 1 Lost
05/06/80 1 Nottingham WI 5-3-4-0 2-0-12-0 13 & 38 0 Lost
19/06/80 2 Lord's WI 25-8-73-2 dnb 4 & dnb 0 Draw
10/07/80 3 Manchester WI dnb dnb 0 & 62* 0 Draw
24/07/80 4 The Oval WI 11-5-22-0 dnb 34 & 100* 1 Draw
07/08/80 5 Leeds WI dnb dnb 1 & 10 0 Draw
28/08/80 1 Lord's Aus 1-0-7-0 dnb 5 & dnb 0 Draw
13/02/81 1 Port-of-Spain WI 3-1-4-0 dnb 13 & 21 0 Lost
13/03/81 3 Bridgetown WI dnb 6-0-23-0 19* & 17 0 Lost
27/03/81 4 St. John's WI 20-8-30-0 dnb 102* & 1* 0 Draw
10/04/81 5 Kingston WI 18-3-54-1 dnb 4 & 67 0 Draw
18/06/81 1 Nottingham Aus dnb dnb 10 & 13 0 Lost
02/07/81 2 Lord's Aus dnb dnb 82 & 12 0 Draw
16/07/81 3 Leeds Aus 13-2-31-1 3-1-4-0 8 & 33 0 Won
30/07/81 4 Birmingham Aus dnb dnb 16 & 5 0 Won
13/06/85 1 Leeds Aus dnb dnb 36 & 3* 0 Won
21/02/86 1 Kingston WI 4-0-15-1 dnb 0 & 71 0 Lost
07/03/86 2 Port-of-Spain WI dnb dnb 5 & 26 0 Lost
21/03/86 3 Bridgetown WI dnb dnb 5 & 17 0 Lost
03/04/86 4 Port-of-Spain WI dnb dnb 10 & 2 0 Lost
24/07/86 1 Lord's NZ dnb dnb 44 & 42 0 Draw
 
Summary of all matches
M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s W BB Ave 5w Ct
26 1184 102* 26.91 2 5 7 2-73 65.14 0 3

 

 

Peter Willey pictured playing for England on 20th. June 1981.    Photo George Herringshaw. ©


                                           Test Profile 1976 - 1986.


Peter Willey, the tough Geordie who started playing county cricket for Northamptonshire as a 16 year-old, was regularly called in by England to combat the West Indies fast bowlers and he saved a number of Tests that might otherwise have been lost. He already had ten years professional experience when he was called up for the Headingley Test of 1976, scoring 36 and 45 against Roberts, Holding and Daniel. He followed that with 33 at the Oval, but did not feature for England again until a 1979-80 tour of Australia, where he had a top score of 12 in the Tests. Willey's useful off-spin bowling gave the selectors the opportunity to pick him as an all-rounder against West Indies in 1980 and he batted behind Ian Botham at number seven. Twice he was involved in valiant rearguards that summer, scoring 62 not out in the third Test at Old Trafford and 100 not out at the Oval, where he and Bob Willis held out for most of the last afternoon to secure a draw. In West Indies in 1980-81 he made 102 not out in Antigua and moving up the order to number five, 67 in Jamaica. Against Australia in 1981 he made 82 at Lord's and his 33 at Headingley in company with Boycott was the real beginning of England's second innings fightback which lead to Botham's heroics and ultimate victory. Willey, though, lost his place and was banned from Test Cricket after joining the rebel England team in South Africa in 1981-82, where he made 39 against South Africa in Cape Town. His ban ended in time for another trip to West Indies under David Gower in 1985-86, where he made 71 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Bob Harragan)