The Bob Willis Collection

Bob Willis will always be remembered for bowling the Australians out at Headingley on the final day of the 1981 test, taking 8-43 after Ian Botham's heroics with the bat. For England he played in 90 Test matches taking 325 wickets at an average of 25.20 and a best of 8-43. In all first class cricket he took over 890 wickets at an average of 24.99 with a best of 8-32 v Gloucestershire in 1977. The following collection of items were sold by Willis in the Christie's Auction of October 1988 held in South Kensington.

Each item sold in this sale from the Willis collection will have with it a copied listing of items confirmed by Willis and dated 20th October 1988. The purchaser of the 1981 cricket ball and two medals will receive the original signed agreement.

Lot 356:
Lot 356
Alfred Percy 'Tich' Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. 'Lest we Forget' Souvenir Diary' [1934]. Compiled by Captain Donald Simson, Honorary Secretary, British Empire Service League. Presentation copy of the diary to Freeman with inscription 'To "Tich". A cricketer to the tips of those magic fingers. With every good wish from the Editor, Xmas 1933'. The diary leather bound with gilt to all edges and in very good unused condition. Sold with a tartan box containing a white heather horseshoe (worn), one of three presented to Freeman, J.B. Hobbs and A.P.F. Chapman prior to the M.C.C. 1928/29 tour of Australia. Together with a letter from the presenter of the heather, 'Jock' A. Wylie from Glasgow, the letter dated 14th September 1928 'I have today sent by separate post, 3 horse shoes in white heather, one for yourself, one for Mr Chapman, and the other for Jack Hobbs and trust they will bring you luck on your tour. He finishes P.S. Hearty congratulations on your record with the ball and more power to your wrist (not your elbow)
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £60
In the 1928 season Freeman bowled 1,976 overs taking 304 wickets at an average of 18.05. Freeman holds the record of being the only cricketer to have taken over 300 wickets in a summer season
Lot 357:
Lot 357
Alfred Percy 'Tich' Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. 'M.C.C. Australian Tour 1928-29'. Large official mono photograph of the M.C.C. touring team to Australia, seated and standing in rows, wearing tour blazers. The photograph laid down to official photographers mount with title to top border and players names neatly handwritten in ink to lower border. Players include A.P.F. 'Percy' Chapman (Captain), Toone (Manager) White, Jardine, Hobbs, Ames, Leyland, Larwood. Duckworth, Mead, Tate, Freeman, Hammond, Ames, Staples, Toone (Manager), Sutcliffe etc. Framed and glazed, in original frame. The photograph measures 23"x19" overall. Very minor surface mark to image otherwise in good/very good condition. The back of the frame marked 'A.P.F.' in pencil. Presumably this was Tich Freeman's copy of the tour photograph
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: unsold
England won the series by four Tests to one
Lot 358:
Lot 358
Alfred Percy 'Tich' Freeman. Kent & England 1914-1936. Mono postcard size real photograph of Freeman, half length wearing cricket attire. Nicely signed in black ink 'Yours sincerely, Tich Freeman'. Photograph by Albert Wilkes & Son, West Bromwich. VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £60
Freeman is the only bowler to take over 300 first class wickets in a season, a feat he achieved in 1928
Lot 359:
Lot 359
'Surrey v Cambridgeshire 1861'. Original, scarce and very early presentation silk scorecard for the match played at the Kennington Oval on the 27th to 29th June 1861. Cambridgeshire beat Surrey by two wickets. Fully printed match details. Excellent printed vignette 'F. Lillywhite's Cricket Score' with scoring tent and players to sides to top border. The scorecard was presented to Henry Perkins the Captain of Cambridgeshire who was at the wicket when the winning runs were scored, by Frederick Lillywhite, presumably following the match, and there is an ink inscription to the lower half of the scorecard which reads 'Presented by Fred Lillywhite to H. Perkins Esq'. Some wear and small loss to side borders of the scorecard plus minor holes to the main body of the card otherwise in good condition. Attractively framed and glazed. 7.25"x9.25" overall. A signed presentation scorecard from Fred Lillywhite rarely seen
Estimate: £500/800
Hammer price: £1900
In a closely fought and unprecedented high scoring match, Cambridgeshire beat Surrey by two wickets. Surrey batted first and made 228 all out with Caesar top scoring with 50, Bell and Hayward taking seven of the Surrey wickets. In reply Cambridgeshire scored 329 with Robert Carpenter making 100 and Thomas Hayward 108, Sewell and Mortlock taking six wickets between them. In Surrey's second innings they made 259 with Caesar scoring 111, Bell and Hayward taking a further eight wickets between them. Cambridgeshire struggled to make the total required, but eventually with two wickets in hand they won the match with Hayward making 46, Sewell taking five wickets. Other players playing in this early match were Caffyn, Lockyer, Diver, Tarrant etc.

Henry Perkins was an English lawyer, cricketer and cricket administrator. He played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, Cambridge Town Club (Cambridgeshire), Marylebone Cricket Club and various amateur sides between 1854 and 1868, and he was the secretary of the MCC from 1876 to 1898.

Frederick Lillywhite , a member of the famous Sussex cricketing family, but made his name as a sports outfitter, publisher and cricketing entrepreneur. By the time he was 20 he had produced the first edition of The Guide To Cricketers which ran through to his death in 1866, a book which was loosely the forerunner of the more famous Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. In 1859 he accompanied George Parr's professional side on the groundbreaking tour to North America, fulfilling the role of scorer. He also took a tent and a mobile scoring wagon, and subsequently published the definite account of the trip. In 1862 he published Scores and Biographies, the first major work on the game in almost a century. , as well as scorecards of matches. He died in 1866 at the age of 37
Lot 360:
Lot 360
'Surrey v Nottinghamshire 1868'. Original and very scarce silk scorecard for the match played at the Kennington Oval on 13th to 15th July 1868. Surrey beat Nottinghamshire by 74 runs. Fully printed match details. Minor creasing and wear to edges otherwise in very good condition. A rare and extremely early commemorative silk scorecard
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £300
Surrey, in low scoring match, batted first and made 114 all out, Pooley top scoring with 32, J.C. Shaw and Wootton taking four wickets a piece. In reply Nottinghamshire were bowled out for only 58 with Summers top scoring with 24, Southerton and Griffith taking five wickets each. In their second innings Surrey made 184 with Humphrey making a century (103). Alfred Shaw and McIntyre taking three wickets each. Nottinghamshire were then bowled out for 166, Surrey winning the match by 74 runs, Summers and Richard Daft making 57 runs each, Street taking four wickets in the inning. James Lillywhite and William Luck were the umpires. Other players playing in this early match were H.H. Stephenson, Jupp, Mortlock, Calvert, Oscroft, Truswell etc
Lot 361:
Lot 361
Australian Tour of England 1886. 'Surrey v Fifth Australian Team 1886'. Original and scarce silk scorecard for the match played at the Kennington Oval on 29th to 31st July 1886. Surrey beat the Australians by an Innings. Fully printed match details. The scorecard printed by Wright & Co of St Andrew's Hill, Doctor's Common, EC. Minor wear to edges otherwise in very good condition. A rare and early commemorative silk scorecard from this early tour
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Surrey beat the Australians by an innings and 209 runs. For Surrey, J.M. Read made 186 and Abel 144 in a total of 501 all out. Giffen taking 6-106 for the Australians. In response, the Australians made 185 and 107 all out. T. Bowley took 7-64 in their first and Lohmann took 6-58 in their second innings. Giffen top scored in both Australian innings making 59 and 39, Jones made 25
Lot 362:
Lot 362
'A First Class Match completed in a Day!'. ' Lancashire v Surrey 1888'. Original and scarce silk scorecard for the match played at Old Trafford on the 2nd August 1888, the match was scheduled for three days but thirty wickets fell in one day in this extraordinary game. Fully printed match details. The scorecard printed by Wright & Co of 41 St Andrew's Hill, Doctor's Common, EC. Minor wear to edges and slight soiling to borders otherwise in very good condition. A rare and early commemorative silk scorecard
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: unsold
Surrey won the match by an innings and 25 runs. Lancashire batted first and made only 35 all out (46.1 overs), Surrey then made 123 all out and bowled Lancashire out again for 63 all out (41 overs). George Lohmann took thirteen wickets in the match, 8-13 in the first and 5-38 in the second, Beaumont taking 5-19 in the Lancashire second innings. All but one wicket in the second innings was bowled. W.W. Read top scored with 49, Key 25 and Sugg made 20. Lohmann took four wickets in five balls for Surrey in the second innings
Lot 363:
Lot 363
'The Largest Innings Recorded in an Inter-County Match'. 'Surrey v Sussex 1888'. Original and scarce silk scorecard for the match played at the Kennington Oval on the 9th to 11th August 1888. Fully printed match details. The scorecard printed by Wright & Co of 41 St Andrew's Hill, Doctor's Common, EC. Minor wear and fraying to edges and slight soiling to borders otherwise in very good condition. A rare and early commemorative silk scorecard
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Surrey won the match by an innings and 485 runs. Surrey batted first and made 698 all out, with Bowden top scoring with 189, W.W. Read with 171, Shuter 95, Key 84, Abel 59. Sussex bowled all eleven players during the Surrey innings. Sussex then batted and made 114 and 99 all out. Lohmann taking eleven wickets in the match, Smith making 37 and 29 for Sussex Surrey won the 'un-official' Championship in 1888
Lot 364:
Lot 364
'George Burton. 10 wickets in the match'. Surrey v Middlesex 1888. Original and scarce silk scorecard for the match played at the Kennington Oval on the 19th-21st July 1888. George Burton (Middlesex 1881-1893) in the Surrey first innings took all ten Surrey wickets for fifty nine runs from 52.3 overs with 25 maiden overs. Fully printed match details. Odd very minor faults otherwise in good/very good condition. A rare and early commemorative silk scorecard
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
In a closely fought low scoring match, Surrey won the match by three wickets. Middlesex batting first made 161 all out with Scott making the highest score of 60, Lohmann and Beaumont taking seven wickets between them. In reply Middlesex made 163 all with Burton taking all ten wickets for fifty nine runs, Kingston Key making 51. In Middlesex's second innings they were bowled out for 53 with Lohmann taking 7-32. Surrey won the match with seven wickets down achieving their total of 52 with only two batsman making double figures, Burton taking a further three wickets, thirteen in the match
Lot 365:
Lot 365
M.C.C. & Ground v Australians 1878. Early printed scorecard for the match played at Lord's on the 27th and 28th of May 1878. Australia beat M.C.C. by nine wickets in a very low scoring game. M.C.C. batted first and made 33 all out with Hornby top scoring with 19, the highest individual score of the game, Australia then made 41 all out with Midwinter top scoring with 10, M.C.C. in their second innings made only 19 all out and Australia requiring 12 runs to win, scored the runs with the loss of one wicket. Spofforth took 6-4 and 5-16 and Boyle took 3-14 and 5-3 in each of the M.C.C. innings, Alfred Shaw took 5-10 and 1-4 in each of the Australian innings. Mainly printed detail with minor pencil annotation. Some browning to scorecard extremities, small loss to top corner and old adhesive strip to verso otherwise in good condition. A very rare scorecard from the inaugural Australian tour of England
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £240
This was the lowest recorded score by M.C.C. against Australia
Lot 366:
Lot 366
Yorkshire v Australians 1878. Early printed scorecard for the tour match played at Bramall Lane on 1st & 2nd July 1878. Yorkshire beat Australia by nine wickets in a low scoring game. Australia batted first and made 88 all out, Yorkshire replied with 167 all out, in their second innings, Australia again struggled and made 104, Yorkshire scored the required total for victory for the loss of Ulyett. Armitage (45) and Greenwood (31) top scored for Yorkshire and Bannerman (33) and Allan (33) top scored for Australia. Ulyett took eight and Bates seven wickets for Yorkshire in the match. Fully printed detail. Horizontal crease and some age toning otherwise in good condition. A very rare scorecard from this tour match
Estimate: £120/180
Hammer price: £220
Australia lost seven matches from forty five matches on the tour
Lot 367:
Lot 367
Players of England v Australians 1880. Official printed scorecard for the match played at Crystal Palace 27th-29th September 1880. Decorative border around printed details. Horizontal fold and small tear to edge, very minor adhesive marks to verso, minor age toning to top border otherwise in generally good/very good condition. Rare
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £180
Australia won by two wickets. For Australia the only two bowlers used in both innings were Palmer who took eleven wickets and Boyle who took seven in the match. For England Barnes top scored in the match with 39 runs
Lot 368:
Lot 368
M.C.C. and Ground v Australians 1884. Rare early scorecard for the match played at Lord's on the 22nd & 23rd May 1884. Only part printed detail. Some browning and age toning, centre fold to card, minor loss to one corner otherwise in generally good condition. Adhesive marks to reverse
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
M.C.C. beat the Australians by an innings and 115 runs. W.G. Grace made 101, Barnes 105 and Steel 134 for M.C.C., Spofforth taking 4-98, for Australia McDonnell made 64, Murdoch 58no with Grace taking 4-61 and Studd 6-96
Lot 369:
Lot 369
Gentlemen of England v Australians 1886. Early official scorecard for the match played at Surrey County Cricket Club, The Kennington Oval on 17th June 'and following days' 1886 with advertising to reverse. Scorecard printed at The Oval by Wright & Co (Cricket Press), London. Advertisement for 'Cricket Weekly Record'. Printed details to the 'Gentlemens' innings and handwritten annotation to Australian innings, horizontal fold, otherwise G/VG. Rare
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £190
The high scoring match was drawn with W.G. Grace top scoring for England with 148, and S.P. Jones for Australia scoring 151. Other notable performances included for England Kemp (83), Roller (63) and Hawke (56), and for Australia Jarvis (71) and Garrett who took 6-131
Lot 370:
Lot 370
Gentlemen of England v Australians 1888. Rare early scorecard for the match played at Lord's on the 28th and 29th May 1888. Printed and handwritten scores. Some age toning to card otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £160
The match was drawn. For M.C.C., W.G. Grace made 165, W.W. Read 109, Shuter 71, Patterson 45 and C.A. Smith took four and Grace three wickets in the match. For Australia, Bonnor made 119, Jones 61 & 51no, McDonnell 41 and Turner took six and Ferris took four wickets in the match etc.
Lot 371:
Lot 371
Lord Londesborough's XI v Australians 1888. Rare early scorecard for the tour match played at the Scarborough Cricket Ground on the 6th-8th September 1888. Incomplete part printed scores and handwritten annotation. Some age toning to card, horizontal crease, some rounding to corners, adhesive marks to verso with loss to print otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £60
Lord Londesborough's XI won the match by 155 runs. Australia were bowled out for 96 and 57 in their two innings, Johnny Briggs taking thirteen wickets in the match, Charles Turner taking twelve wickets for Australia
Lot 372:
Lot 372
Australia v England 1928. Official scorecard for the 2nd Test match played at Sydney on the 14th-20th December 1928. Fully printed details. England won the Test by eight wickets, Wally Hammond making 251 out of a first innings total of 636 and Geary taking seven wickets in the match. Bradman was 12th man and took a catch. Good condition. Sold with an official scorecard for the Queensland v M.C.C. tour match of 27th-30th November 1920. M.C.C. won the match by an innings and 41 runs, Wilfred Rhodes made 162 out of a first innings score of 419, Parkin took seven wickets in the match. Handwritten scores. Odd faults otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £85
Lot 373:
Lot 373
Scotland v Australia 1921 & 1926. Official opening day scorecard for the tour match played at The Grange Cricket Club, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on the 14th/15th July 1921, the scores blank. The match was drawn, Collins and Andrews making centuries for Australia, opening batsman, Kerr made 147 for Scotland. Some wear, minor foxing and creasing to card otherwise in good condition. Plus an official opening day scorecard for the North of Scotland League XI v Australians played at Grant Park, Forres on the 18th September 1926, the scores blank. The scorecard signed in pencil to face by Australian player, Arthur Mailey. Australia won by eight wickets, Ryder making 92. Horizontal fold, minor age toning otherwise in good condition. This was the last touring match of the 1926 tour. Qty 2. Rarer tour scorecards
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £75
Lot 374:
Lot 374
Gloucestershire v Australia 1930 'Match Tied'. Official fully completed printed scorecard for the tour match played at Fry's Ground, Bristol on the 23rd-26th August 1930. The match was tied. Minor age toning otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £90
In the match, Gloucestershire batted first and made 72 with Hornibrook taking four wickets, in reply Australia totalled 157 with Ponsford making 51, Goddard taking 5-52 from 26 over. In their second innings, Gloucestershire made 202, Hammond top scoring with 89, Hornibrook taking five wickets. This set Australia 118 to win, in a close match they were bowled out for 117 with Parker taking 7-54 from 35 overs
Lot 375:
Lot 375
'John Edrich 226 not out'. Official scorecard for the Surrey v Middlesex Championship match played at the Oval on the 8th-10th July 1967. Nicely signed by Surrey opening batsman John Edrich who scored 226 not out and shared in a third wicket partnership of 297 with Ken Barrington. Fully completed match score. Handwritten and printed annotation. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: unsold
This was John Edrich's highest first class score at the time
Lot 376:
Lot 376
M.C.C. tour of Australia 1924-25. England v New South Wales 'Official scorecard for the tour match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the 21st-25th November 1924. Fully completed printed scores. Small loss to lower left hand corner of the scorecard, minor wear to the other scorecard corners, minor staining and age toning otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
M.C.C. won the match by three wickets with Tate taking ten wickets and Tyldesley taking nine wickets in the match, Bardsley made 160 in Australia's first innings and Mailey took seven wickets in the match
Lot 377:
Lot 377
Australia v England 1924/25. Scarce official scorecard for the second Test match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1st-8th January 1925. Odd minor faults otherwise in good/very good condition
Estimate: £60/80
Hammer price: £80
Australia won the 'Timeless Test' by 81 runs. For England Sutcliffe made 176 & 127, Hobbs 154, Tate with 9 wickets in the match. Hobbs & Sutcliffe put on 283 for the 1st wicket in their first innings. For Australia Richardson made 138, Ponsford 128, Taylor 108, with Gregory and Mailey taking 7 wickets each in the match
Lot 378:
Lot 378
Sussex C.C.C. 1989. Official scorecard for the last County Championship match to be played at Hastings, Sussex v Middlesex, 19th-22nd August 1989. Complete printed scores. Signed in ink by twenty players. Signatures include Speight, Smith, Pigott, Gould, Smith, Dodemaide etc of Sussex, Gatting, Tufnell, Fraser, Brown, Emburey, Hughes etc of Middlesex. Limited edition of thirty copies, this being number 22. Framed and glazed overall 14.5"x10". Fading to some signatures otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £28
Middlesex beat Sussex by nine wickets. Mike Gatting was top scorer in the match scoring 121 in Middlesex's first innings

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