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Graham Dilley

Graham Dilley

(1959 – 2011)

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Graham Dilley

Graham Dilley
(1959 – 2011)

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Graham Dilley

(1959 – 2011)
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Graham Dilley. Graham Dilley was an English cricketer, whose main role was as a fast bowler. He played first-class cricket for Kent and Worcestershire, and appeared in 41 test matches and 36 ODIs for England.
Graham Roy Dilley was born and raised in Dartford, Kent, England, and attended Dartford West Boys' School, prior to joining Kent.
Graham Dilley made his first class debut for Kent at the age of eighteen in 1977, against Cambridge University, but did not take a wicket and had to wait until the next season for another chance. His next game, in June 1978, was against the touring Pakistanis, but again he went wicketless. It was only in his third first-class match,
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against Middlesex, that he made his presence felt, taking seven wickets in the match to help his team to a six-wicket win.
Graham Dilley played two more first-class matches that season but took only one wicket, and perhaps more significant was his selection for England Young Cricketers against their West Indian counterparts for two of the three "Tests" and the single one-day game. Real progress in county cricket, however, would have to wait for 1979, when Graham Dilley played 31 senior games for Kent, including a useful effort of 4-41 in the World Cup warm-up match against the New Zealanders. He finished with 49 first-class wickets at an average of 23.48 that season, and already his express pace was attracting
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attention.
Between 1986 and 1988, Graham Dilley took 83 Test wickets at an average of 26.43, and was generally regarded as England's foremost strike bowler. Perhaps his most significant success came in 1986/87 when he took 5-68 in the first innings of the first Test at Brisbane to help his team to a victory that set them on their way to an Ashes win, and he also took 20 wickets at 15.85 in ODIs. In the drawn series against New Zealand the following winter he produced his career-best bowling figures, ripping through the Kiwi line-up with 6-38 (including the first five wickets to fall) at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. He finished with fifteen wickets at an average of 14.
During the 1980s, Graham Dilley
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was widely regarded as the fastest bowler England had ever produced. His bowling style often fascinated many, with his unusual run-up a topic of discussion. It is believed that he tried to adopt the Jeff Thomson's slingy bowling style, and later Graham Dilley's style was used by Chris Cairns in New Zealand.
Later in life Graham Dilley found employment as a coach, firstly to the England women's cricket team, and then accompanying the men's side on the tour to India in 2001/02. He has also worked in a coaching capacity for Zimbabwe and Scotland. His last position was as head coach to Loughborough UCCE.
Graham Dilley sadly died on the 5th October 2011. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and
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his achievements. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 6th Oct 2011
Mark Slater
wrote:
Even though he was merely months older than me, his was the bowling action I tried to copy. From an era when having "hero's" was unfashionable, I always admitted to Dilley being one of mine.
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Graham Dilley

This is an online tribute dedicated to Graham Dilley. Graham Dilley was an English cricketer, whose main role was as a fast bowler. He played first-class cricket for Kent and Worcestershire, and appeared in 41 test matches and 36 ODIs for England.
Graham Roy Dilley was born and raised in Dartford, Kent, England, and attended Dartford West Boys' School, prior to joining Kent.
Graham Dilley made his first class debut for Kent at the age of eighteen in 1977, against Cambridge University, but did not take a wicket and had to wait until the next season for another chance. His next game, in June 1978, was against the touring Pakistanis, but again he went wicketless. It was only in his third first-class match,...

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