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Former England, Yorkshire cricketer Bob Appleyard dies at 90

March 17, 2015

LEEDS, England (AP) — Bob Appleyard, the former England medium-pacer whose unique bowling style made him a prolific wicket-taker for county side Yorkshire and in his short test career, has died. He was 90.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced the death of Appleyard on Tuesday. He had been ill for months.

Appleyard’s first-class career spanned just eight years — 1950-58 — but he took 708 wickets at an average of 15.48. Yorkshire says in a statement that Appleyard is the only cricketer to capture 200 first-class wickets in his first full county season.

His deliveries varied in pace, from quick off-breaks to medium-paced inswingers, and made him difficult to read on the uncovered wickets of that era.

Appleyard was restricted to nine tests for England because of illnesses, but was an Ashes winner in 1954-55, and took 31 wickets at 17.87.

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