Tom Hayward

Tom Hayward

Infobox Historic Cricketer

nationality = English
country = England
country abbrev = Eng
name = Tom Hayward
picture = Cricket_no_pic.pngbatting style = Right-handed batsman (RHB)
bowling style = Right arm medium (RM)
tests = 35
test runs = 1,999
test bat avg = 34.46
test 100s/50s = 3/12
test top score = 137
balls/overs = balls
test balls = 893
test wickets = 14
test bowl avg = 36.71
test 5s = 0
test 10s = 0
test best bowling = 4-22
test catches/stumpings = 19/0
FCs = 712
FC runs = 43,551
FC bat avg = 41.79
FC 100s/50s = 104/218
FC top score = 315*
FC balls = 20,992
FC wickets = 481
FC bowl avg = 22.95
FC 5s = 18
FC 10s = 2
FC best bowling = 8-89
FC catches/stumpings = 493/0
debut date = 13 February
debut year = 1896
last date = 16 June
last year = 1909
source =

Thomas Walter Hayward (born 29 March 1871 in Cambridge, died 19 July 1939 in Cambridge) was an English cricketer, one of the finest batsmen of the years around the turn of the 20th century and noted especially for the quality of his off-drive.

Hayward came from a cricketing family: his grandfather, father and uncle had all played first-class cricket. His grandfather Daniel played (1832-1851) for Cambridge Town Club, Surrey and MCC; his father (also Daniel) played (1852-1869) for Cambridge Town Club, Surrey and Cambridgeshire. Hayward's famous uncle, Thomas Hayward, was a leading batsman who played 1854-1872 for Cambridge Town Club, Cambridgeshire and numerous representative teams including the England team that made the inaugural overseas tour to North America in 1859.] Tom himself made his debut for Surrey in 1893 and quickly established himself as an important part of the side, being capped in 1894 and receiving the accolade of Wisden Cricketer of the Year the following season.

From 1895 through to his final season in 1914, Hayward never once failed to reach 1,000 first-class runs, passing 2,000 on ten occasions and twice (in 1904 and 1906) scoring over 3,000; his 1906 aggregate of 3,518 (at 66.37 with 13 hundreds) established a record which stood until surpassed by Denis Compton and Bill Edrich in 1947. In 1898 he made his highest first-class score of 315 against Lancashire. In 1899 he and Bobby Abel put on 448 for Surrey's fourth wicket against Yorkshire. This remains the highest partnership for any wicket for Surrey. In 1900 he achieved the very rare feat of scoring 1,000 runs before the end of May.

Hayward's first Test match for England came on tour with Lord Hawke's side against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 1895/96, and in his second Test (at Johannesburg) he hit 122 as England recorded an innings victory. In all he played 35 times for England, his last innings coming against Australia in 1909: run out for six to finish just one run short of 2,000 for his Test career. His most important international innings was probably the 130 he scored at Old Trafford during the 1899 Ashes series.

Once Jack Hobbs made his Surrey debut in 1905, he and Hayward formed an effective opening partnership. The pair put on a hundred or more for the first wicket on 40 occasions. ["Surrey County Cricket Club First-Class Records 1846-2000, Limited Overs Records 1963-2000", compiled by The Surrey Statistics Group, published by Surrey CCC, p61.]

Despite a gradual decline in his athleticism in his later career, Hayward remained a highly effective batsman well into his forties, and in June 1913 he scored his hundredth first-class century, becoming only the second batsman (after W. G. Grace) to achieve this feat. He made his 104th and final hundred in August 1914 against Yorkshire at Lord's (where Surrey played several "home" matches after World War I had begun), but made just one in his last innings of all, against Gloucestershire back at The Oval and on grounds of age did not resume his career after the end of hostilities. Surrey won the County Championship in his final season. Hayward had the rare honour for a professional of the time of captaining the side for six matches in August when the regular captain, Cyril Wilkinson, was unavailable, in preference to the young amateurs Donald Knight and Percy Fender. [ [ Scorecard of the first of the matches in August, 1914 in which Hayward captained Surrey] ]

Although primarily known as a batsman, Hayward was also a highly effective bowler for his county in the middle of his career. In 1897 he did the "double", with 1,368 runs and 114 wickets, and in 1899 he took two hat-tricks. His best bowling of 8-89 was achieved against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1901.

He stood in one first-class match as an umpire, the 1920 game between Oxford University and Essex. He died in Cambridge at the age of 68.

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