::Fuller Pilch


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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=EngvarB |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Refimprove |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Fuller Pilch (17 March 1803 – 1 May 1870) was an English cricketer. Described as "the greatest batsman ever known until the appearance of W. G. Grace",<ref name="cricpro">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> the right-hand batting Pilch played 229 first class cricket matches between 1820 and 1854 for an assortment of counties, including Kent, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, as well as Norfolk and Cambridge Town. An early pioneer of batting, Pilch's advert of the "Pilch poke", or art of playing the ball forward, was an early manifestation of modern batting practices.<ref name="cricpro" />

Though his statistics reflect by modern standards as fairly ordinary, the ten centuries he amassed throughout his entire club and first class playing career were considered "remarkable" in the context of round-arm bowling and poorly maintained cricket pitches encountered during the period.<ref name="cricpro" /> He was also known for his success at single-wicket matches, defeating Tom Marsden in 1833.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> He came from a cricketing family: nephew William Pilch and brothers Nathaniel and William all played first class cricket.<ref name="cricpro" />

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