- William Ward (cricketer)
William Ward (born
24 July1787 at Islington, London; died 30 June1849 at Westminsterwas a noted English cricketer. He was a prominent right-handed batsman and an occasional slow lob bowler.
Ward's first-class career began in the
1810 English cricket seasonbut it was interrupted by the Napoleonic Waruntil 1816. Ward played until 1845.
His score of 278 for the MCC v Norfolk at Lord's in 1820 was the highest individual innings in first-class cricket until
W. G. Gracescored first-class cricket's first triple-century in August 1876, more than 27 years after Ward's death. The ball used is thought to be the oldest in existence and is kept in the MCC Museum.cite book |last= Inglis |first= Simon |authorlink= Simon Inglis |title=A Load of Old Balls |series= Played in Britain|publisher= English Heritage|year=2005 |isbn=0-9547445-27 |pages=pp. 26]
Thomas Lordwas negotiating the sale of his cricket ground as a building estate when Ward stepped in and saved Lord'sfor cricket. The price was £5000. He was celebrated in the following anonymous poem.
:And of all who frequent the ground named after Lord,:On the list first and foremost should stand Mr Ward.:No man will deny, I am sure, when I say:That he's without rival first bat of the day,:And although he has grown a little too stout,:Even Matthews is bothered at bowling him out.:He's our life blood and soul in this noblest of games,:And yet on our praises he's many more claims;:No pride, although rich, condescending and free,:And a well informed man and a city M.P.Ward was also MP for the City of London between 1826 and 1831, and a director of the
Bank of England.
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/33/33626/33626.html CricketArchive]
* "Scores & Biographies, Volume 1" by
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
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