Johnny Briggs - Professor of Diddling

The Life And Times Of Johnny Briggs — Professor of Diddling by Colin H.Williamson

Johnny Briggs was simply the most popular player Lancashire had ever had; a popularity that spread throughout the country and indeed the cricketing world.

He was a comedian and a joker on and off the field but he suffered from depressiobn.

Briggs was:

  • A professional cricketer at the age of 13.
  • Played for Lancashire at the age of 16 years and 236 days
  • The first bowler to take 100 Test wickets
  • The first cricketer to complete a Test century and take a Test hat-trick; and is the only player to do so in an Ashes Test
  • A walk-up (as opposed to a run-up) of two paces; he was timed at 44 seconds for a 5-ball over
  • Bowled a record 630 balls in a match in 1897 at Old Trafford
  • Made 14,002 runs (18.27), 10 centuries, took 259 catches and 2,212 wickets (15.95) in his first-class career
  • Suffered from epilepsy
  • Died in Cheadle Royal Lunatic Asylum bot long after his 39th birthday

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