Pace bowler Fred ‘The Demon’ Spofforth, Doug Walters and Denise Annetts will tomorrow night be inducted into the Cricket NSW Hall of Fame at the Steve Waugh Medal at Doltone House.
All three made a tremendous impact for both NSW and Australia during their careers.
Fred Spofforth, who was born in 1853, was renowned as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. In a short but inspirational career, he played 12 First Class matches for New South Wales, taking 55 wickets at an average of 22.09, which included 5 wickets on four occasions.
His performances for Australia were even more outstanding. He played in only 18 Test matches but took 94 wickets at the average of 18.41. In those matches he took 5 wickets on seven occasions, including the first hat-trick in Test match history, against England in 1879.
Fred Spofforth passed away in 1926, aged 72.
Doug Walters is one of the most loved Australian cricketers of all time. A thrilling right-handed batsman and under-rated medium paced bowler, Doug played 103 First Class matches for New South Wales, scoring 6612 runs which included 19 centuries. He currently sits second in the list of First Class run scorers for NSW. Doug also captained NSW in 38 First Class matches.
Doug represented Australia in 74 Test matches, scoring 5357 runs at an average of 48.26. His remarkable achievements at Test level included scoring centuries in each of his first two Tests, becoming the first Australian to score a century and double century in the same Test against the West Indies in 1968-69 and scoring a century in a session against England in Perth in 1974-75, where he hit the last ball of the day from Bob Willis for six.
Denise Annetts was a stalwart of women’s cricket in the 1980’s and 90’s, representing NSW and Australia with distinction.
Overall, she played 56 matches for NSW, scoring 1744 runs at the impressive average of 41.52, including a highest score of 124 not out.
She played 10 Test matches for Australia, averaging an amazing 81.90 in thirteen innings.
In a Test match against England in 1987, she scored 193 which stood as the highest individual score in Test cricket for the next nine years. During that innings she added 309 runs for the third wicket with Lindsay Reeler, which remains as the world record for any wicket in the history of women’s Test cricket.
Denise also played 43 One Day Internationals for Australia.
For New South Wales:
- Debuted for NSW in 1874-75 season and played 12 First Class matches for the State
- Took 55 wickets at an average of 22.09, which included four hauls of 5 wickets
- Had best bowling figures of 6-122 for New South Wales
- Played 18 Test matches, taking 94 wickets at an average of 18.41, with 7 five wicket hauls and a best of 7-44
- Took the first hat-trick in Test history in the Australia v England Test in Melbourne on 2 January 1879
- Toured England with the Australian side on five occasions, and in 101 First Class matches in England took 588 wickets at 12.88!
- Inducted into the Australian cricket Hall Of Fame in 1996
For New South Wales:
- Played 103 First Class and 13 Limited Overs matches for New South Wales
- In First Class matches scored 6612 runs at 41.84 with 19 centuries and took 119 wickets at 35.00
- Captained the State in 38 First Class and 4 Limited Overs matches and is currently 2nd on the all-time list of First Class run-scorers for the State
- Arguably his best single performance was against South Australia in 1964-65, where he scored 253 and took 7-63
- Played in 74 Test matches and 28 One Day Internationals
- At Test level he scored 5357 runs at 48.26, including 15 centuries
- Scored a century in each of his first two Test matches
- Holds the highest Test score against both New Zealand (250) and the West Indies (242), in addition to being the first ever player from any country to score a century (103) and a double century (242) in a Test match
For New South Wales:
- Played 56 matches for New South Wales between seasons 1983-84 and 1993-94
- Scored 1744 runs for the State at an average of 41.52
- Has a highest score of 134 not out and took 26 catches
- Played 10 Test matches and 43 One Day Internationals for Australia
- In Test matches, Denise scored 819 runs at 81.90, including a score of 193 against England in 1987, which stood as the world record score in a women’s Test for nine years
- During that innings, Denise added 309 for the 3rd wicket with opener Lindsay Reeler, which remains as the world record for any wicket in Women’s Test Cricket
- In 43 One Day Internationals, Denise scored 1126 runs at an average of 41.70