Lancashire player number 48 - Wall, Thomas
by Don Ambrose

Player:T Wall

Lancashire 1868
Born 27.11.1841 Wigan.
Died 19.4.1875 Wigan.


Eldest son of Thomas Wall, J.P., founder and proprietor of the "Wigan Observer" newspaper.


He was educated in Wigan and followed his father into the family business. He was from the start keen on cricket as were his brothers Henry and William (both Lancashire 1877). There were five brothers, John and Charles regularly played with the others for Wigan Cricket Club.


Thomas was 5ft. 8 inches tall and weighed about 10 stone. He was a middle order right-hand batsman and a slow right-hand round-arm bowler, who occasionally kept wicket.


In 1867 he scored the highest number of runs for Wigan Cricket Club (196) at an average of 13.1, with a top score of 51 He also played for Twenty-two of Wigan against the United All England Eleven at Wigan on 13th to 15th June, scoring 1 and 1 and taking a catch.


In 1868, in addition to his games for Wigan, he also turned out a couple of times for Bolton and on 6th to 8th July played for Twenty-two of Wigan against the All England Eleven at Wigan, scoring 0 and 0. Later in July he accompanied the Lancashire County Cricket Club on their visit to London. On the 16th and 17th he played against Surrey at The Oval scoring 3 and 8.


At Lord's, on the 20th and 21st, against the M.C.C. and Ground he scored 0 and 37, and was responsible for the highest individual score of the match. He was described as performing remarkably well against some excellent bowling and fielding. It was however his last first-class match. On the 23rd to 25th July he played for the Gentlemen of Lancashire against the Gentlemen of Kent at Gravesend and scored 6 and 32 not out.


In 1869 he scored 237 for the Wigan club and was selected to play for the Gentlemen of Lancashire for their match against the Gentlemen of Warwickshire at Warwick, where he scored 0 and 17 and took three catches.


He and two of his brothers were members of the Choir at Wigan Parish Church, where the choirmaster was a fellow cricketer for Wigan, Walter Parratt, later to be Sir Walter Parratt.Master of the King's Musick.


He died at the early age of 34 of Bronchitis and Phthisis and was described on his death certificate as a newspaper reporter.


(Article: Copyright © 2004 Don Ambrose)


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