V. E. Walker

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V.E. Walker
Vyell Edward Walker plaque, Christ Church, Southgate.

Vyell Edward Walker (20 April 1837 – 3 January 1906) was an English cricketer and administrator.

Edward Walker was born in Southgate, Middlesex and educated at Harrow School. He was the fifth of seven cricket playing brothers who resided at Arnos Grove. They played a major part in establishing the Middlesex County Cricket Club, which was founded in 1864. Their cricket ground in Southgate is maintained by the Walker Trust to this day.

Edward Walker was a right-handed batsman and an underarm slow right arm bowler who represented Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) (1856–1870), a Middlesex XI (1859–1863) and Middlesex County Cricket Club (1864–1877).

In 1859 for an All-England Eleven against Surrey County Cricket Club at The Oval he scored 20 not out, then took all 10 of the Surrey wickets (for 74 runs). In the second innings he scored 108 not out and took another 4 wickets. This was in a season where only 2 other centuries were scored in first-class matches. He also took 10 for 104 for Middlesex against Lancashire in 1865.[1][2]

A fine driving bat and perhaps the leading lob bowler of his day[3] as well as a great captain of Middlesex and the Gentlemen.

He captained the county club (1864–1872) and also served as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (1891/1892) and of Middlesex County Cricket Club (1899–1906). He died at Arnos Grove, aged 68.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Lancs v Middlesex, Old Trafford, 20-22 July 1865 at Cricket Archive, retrieved July 2015". 
  2. ^ "Murali signs off with 800". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "Giants of the Game" (1900) by Lyttleton, Ford, Fry, Giffen.
  4. ^ Philip Bailey, Philip Thorn and Peter Wynne-Thomas, Who's Who of Cricketers (London, 1984), p. 1056

External links

  • Cricinfo
  • Cricket Archive
  • Middlesex County Cricket Club Official website
  • Cricinfo page on V.E. Walker
Sporting positions
Preceded by
new title
Middlesex County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Isaac Walker
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