William Roseby Whysall 1887-1930
As we approach the 2019 cricket season it is good time to remember a local for the talent he displayed on a regular basis.
Bill ‘Dodge’ Whysall, the first Nottinghamshire player to score four successive hundreds, was one of the greatest batsmen in the club’s history.
Born in Woodborough on 31st October 1887, Whysall scored 20,376 first-class runs for the county between 1910 and 1930.
Whysall achieved his feat of four consecutive centuries between 2nd and 11th July 1930.
He scored 117 and 101 against Hampshire at Trent Bridge, 120 against the Australians at Trent Bridge and 158 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Whysall played four Tests for England, touring Australia in 1924-25 and in later years ran a sports shop in Mansfield, where he lived.
A solid and dependable right-hand opening batsman, he died on 11th November 1930, in freak circumstances.
Out dancing in Mansfield, Whysall tripped up, banged his elbow and thought nothing of the incident.
A few hours later, however, he contracted septicaemia and was rushed to hospital, where he died four days later.
Nottinghamshire librarian, Peter Wynne-Thomas, said: “Whysall is perhaps best remembered at Trent Bridge for his opening partnership with the legendary George Gunn the pair batted together during the 1920s and had a great understanding”.
Pictured: Bill Whysall, who, with Kevin Pietersen – a more recent ex-Nottinghamshire batsman – holds the record for the most centuries in a row for Notts.
Photo and article reproduced by kind permission of Nottingham Evening Post
More local history can be found on www.woodborough-heritage.org.uk