A versatile left-arm bowler, Harry Dean appeared for Lancashire from 1906 to 1921, a career interrupted by the First World War. Varying his pace between fast-medium and slow left arm, according to the conditions, he took over 1,000 wickets for Lancashire at an average of just over 18. As a medium pacer he swung the ball deceptively, and on a rain-damaged wicket was most effective with his slower style. He played just twice for England in the Triangular tournament of 1912, and took eleven wickets at 13.9 - notably taking 4/19 against Australia as they were bowled out for just 65 at the Oval. Possibly the most satisfying performance for him, however, would be the figures of 9/22 and 8/29 he recorded against Yorkshire in 1913, the best bowling recorded in the history of the Roses match. At the conclusion of his first-class career, he played for Cheshire for several years, and later coached at Rossall School.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dave Liverman)
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