Stan Worthington


Thomas Stanley Worthington (21 August 1905 – 31 August 1973) was a cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1923 and 1947 and for England between 1930 and 1937. He was an all-rounder, scoring over 19,000 runs and taking over 600 first-class wickets.

Stan Worthington
Personal information
Full name
Thomas Stanley Worthington
Born(1905-08-21)21 August 1905
Bolsover, Derbyshire, England
Died31 August 1973(1973-08-31) (aged 68)
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut10 January 1930 v New Zealand
Last Test26 February 1937 v Australia
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 9 453
Runs scored 321 19,221
Batting average 29.18 29.07
100s/50s 1/1 31/94
Top score 128 238*
Balls bowled 633 49,020
Wickets 8 682
Bowling average 39.50 29.22
5 wickets in innings 0 16
10 wickets in match 0 2
Best bowling 2/19 8/29
Catches/stumpings 8/– 339/–
Source: CricketArchive, 19 April 2010

Career edit

Worthington was born at Bolsover, Derbyshire and went to Netherthorpe Grammar School, Staveley, Derbyshire. He became an electrician with the Bolsover Colliery Company and played for the Colliery Club in the Bassetlaw League. Fred Tate, who was talent-spotting for Derbyshire, saw him and introduced him to the club in 1923.[1]

Worthington played his debut for Derbyshire in August 1924 against Nottinghamshire, his only game that year. He scored a duck in his first innings and 12 in his second, but took four wickets in the match. He played three matches in 1925 and from 1926 played for the full season for the rest of his career.

Worthington was a middle order right-hand batsman and a medium-fast right-arm bowler. In neither role did he often hit the headlines, but his consistency and reliability was big factor in the success that Derbyshire enjoyed through the 1930s. The county, normally one of the weaker English first-class cricket teams, won the County Championship for the only time in its history in 1936, for which each player was awarded with a Gold Watch, engraved with the players name, date and championship title.

Worthington played Test cricket nine times for England, starting with the New Zealand tour in 1929/30. His greatest success was against India in 1936, when he scored 87 at Old Trafford and 128 at The Oval. In the second game, he shared a fourth wicket partnership of 266 with Wally Hammond that remains a record for Tests between England and India. He then toured Australia and New Zealand with Gubby Allen, but an attempt to turn him into an opener was not a success, and he played no more Test cricket.

Worthington with Derbyshire stayed for a couple of seasons after the Second World War and then played Minor counties cricket for Northumberland.[2] He was Lancashire coach in the sixties, nurturing players like Harry Pilling.[3] David Lloyd said he used to coach in a trilby, a cravat and a cigarette holder.[4] Lloyd says “he ruled the place with a rod of iron, he was feared by the players.”[4]

He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1937.

Worthington died at King's Lynn in 1973.

References edit

  1. ^ Wisden Almanack – Cricketer of the Year
  2. ^ Stan Worthington at Cricket Archive
  3. ^ Frith, David (24 September 2012). "Harry Pilling obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b Sky Sports Cricket The Cricket Lockdown Vodcast broadcast 11 June 2020