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Tony Lock

Tony Lock
Tony Lock in 1970
Personal information
Full name Graham Anthony Richard Lock
Born (1929-07-05)5 July 1929
Limpsfield, Surrey, England
Died 30 March 1995(1995-03-30) (aged 65)
Perth, Australia
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 370) 17 July 1952 v India
Last Test 3 April 1968 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946–1963 Surrey
1962–1971 Western Australia
1965–1967 Leicestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class List A
Matches 49 654 8
Runs scored 742 10,342 5
Batting average 13.74 15.88 1.00
100s/50s –/3 –/27 –/–
Top score 89 89 3
Balls bowled 13,147 150,168 428
Wickets 174 2,844 10
Bowling average 25.58 19.23 27.00
5 wickets in innings 9 196
10 wickets in match 3 50 n/a
Best bowling 7/35 10/54 3/20
Catches/stumpings 59/– 831/– 3/–
Source: Cricinfo, 8 September 2009

Graham Anthony Richard (Tony) Lock (5 July 1929 – 30 March 1995) was an English cricketer, who played primarily as a left-arm spinner. He played in forty nine Tests for England taking 174 wickets at 25.58 each.[1]

Lock took 2,844 first-class wickets, placing him ninth on the all-time list, and is the only player to score more than 10,000 runs without once making a century; despite passing fifty on 27 occasions, his highest score was that 89 in Guyana. His tally of 831 first class catches, mostly taken at short leg, lies behind only W.G. Grace and Frank Woolley.


  • Life and career 1
  • Retirement 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Born in Limpsfield, Surrey, Tony Lock had the weighty backing of HDG Leveson Gower and made his first-class debut for Surrey County Cricket Club at just seventeen years old in 1946, but did not play regularly for his county until 1949. In 1951 he took 105 wickets, and broke the 100-wicket barrier every year up to and including 1962, on two occasions (1955 and 1957) claiming more than 200 victims.

Lock made his England debut in the third Test against India in 1952,[1] and played the fourth and fifth Tests against Australia the following summer; he had in fact been picked for the first game, but had worn his spinning finger raw after being named in the team and had had to withdraw while it healed. However, England regained the Ashes and for his efforts Lock was named one of Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 1954 edition of Wisden's Almanack. However, he also had to deal with accusations (not entirely unfounded) that he was a 'chucker', being called for throwing on more than one occasion. This was one of the grudges that many had against him, the other was his consistent Test selection over Johnny Wardle of Yorkshire.

In 1956, Lock was famously the bowler who took "the other wicket" when Jim Laker achieved his world-record 19–90 at Old Trafford against Australia, and two years later had an extraordinary summer of success against an admittedly poor New Zealand side, finishing with 34 wickets at an average of a mere 7.47.[1] He was inconsistent abroad, however, failing completely on the 1958/59 tour of Australia, but again terrorising the New Zealanders in the same winter, with 13 wickets at under nine runs apiece. It was during the New Zealand leg of the tour that he saw himself on film. Shocked by what he saw, he remodelled his action.[1] By 1961, he was back in the Test side against Australia.

Dropped for the 1962-63 Ashes series he played with great success for Western Australia,[1] returning to play for that state each winter for the rest of his career.

Lock moved to

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  • Cricket Archive

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 112.  
  2. ^ Cricket Sport in brief, The Guardian, 1 December 1993
  3. ^ Tony Lock faces new sex assault charges, The Times, 2 December 1993


He was again cleared, but the experience affected him badly. He died from cancer in his adopted home town of Perth at the age of 65.

After retirement he moved into coaching in Perth and London, but late in life faced two separate charges of sexual abuse. In December 1993 he was found not guilty by a 10-2 majority that he had, in 1987, indecently assaulted a fifteen year-old girl after inviting her to his home for a bowling lesson. [2] The following day he was charged with four counts of indecent assault on a girl aged under thirteen.[3]


Lock's remaining playing career was spent entirely with Western Australia, and fittingly his last first-class wicket was that of an Australian Test player, Paul Sheahan.

England had nine wickets down when the game (played over six days) finished, and claimed the series 1–0. [1]

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