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This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve this article by introducing more precise citations where appropriate. (June 2011) Tom Emmett Personal information Full name Thomas Emmett Born 3 September 1841(1841-09-03) Halifax, Yorkshire, England Died 29 June 1904(1904-06-29) (aged 62) Leicester, England Batting style Left-handed Bowling style Left arm fast (roundarm) Relations Arthur Emmett (son) International information National side England Test debut (cap 3) 15 March 1877 v Australia Last Test 14 March 1882 v Australia Domestic team information Years Team 1866–1888 Yorkshire Career statistics Competition Test First-class Matches 7 426 Runs scored 160 9,053 Batting average 13.33 14.84 100s/50s 0/0 1/24 Top score 48 104 Balls bowled 728 60,135 Wickets 9 1,572 Bowling average 31.55 13.55 5 wickets in innings 1 122 10 wickets in match 0 29 Best bowling 7/68 9/23 Catches/stumpings 9/– 276/– Source: CricketArchive, 26 December 2009 Thomas ("Tom") Emmett (3 September 1841 – 29 June 1904)[1] was an English cricket bowler in the late 1860s, the 1870s and the early 1880s. Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Emmett first joined Yorkshire when almost 25 as a professional fast left-arm bowler with a near roundarm action, though in his later years he took to bowling slow-medium. Once discovered, however, Emmett climbed almost immediately to the top of the cricketing tree, playing for England against Surrey & Sussex in Tom Lockyer's benefit match at the Oval in 1867, his second season. An even greater bowler, George Freeman, was approaching his best at the same time, and, from 1867 to the end of 1871, they dominated the English bowling scene. After 1871, however, business commitments took Freeman away from first-class cricket, but Emmett stayed on and found another able colleague in the excellent Allen Hill. In later years, Emmett shared the Yorkshire bowling duties with George Ulyett, Billy Bates, Ted Peate and Bobby Peel. He called his most famous delivery the "sostenuter": after pitching on leg the ball would break back a long way to take the off-stump. As time went on, Emmett's pace deserted him. Emmett toured Australia three times and North America once. He played seven Test matches, including the first-ever in 1877, and was also the bowling mainstay for Lord Harris's team in 1878/9. Emmett captained Yorkshire between 1878 and 1882, ending his connection with the eleven in 1888. He was the last professional to captain Yorkshire until Vic Wilson was appointed in 1960. Emmett married a woman named Grace, three years his junior, and had four daughters (Clara, Frances, Evelyn and Edith) and two sons, (Arthur, who went on to play for Leicestershire in 1902, and Albert). He died in Leicester on 29 June 1904 (not the 30 June, as is widely reported).[1] References ^ a b Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4.  External links Cricinfo page on Tom Emmett CricketArchive page on Tom Emmett A profile of Thomas Emmett by Don Ambrose A profile of Tom Emmett by Dave Liverman Preceded by Ned Gregory Oldest Living Test Cricketer 22 April 1899 - 30 June 1904 Succeeded by E M Grace Persondata Name Emmett, Thomas Alternative names Short description English cricket bowler Date of birth 3 September 1841 Place of birth Halifax, West Yorkshire, England Date of death 29 June 1904 Place of death Leicester, England