Alfred Percy "Tich" Freeman
(17 May 1888 – 28 January 1965) was an English cricketer
. A leg spin bowler
, he is the only man to take 300 wickets in an English season.
Freeman's common name comes from his extremely short stature - he was only five feet two (158 centimetres) tall. However, his stocky build and strong fingers gave him great bowling stamina, and he hated being taken off. His height gave his deliveries a low trajectory that was difficult for batsmen to reach on the full toss. This meant batsmen who did not play with a straight bat, or who lacked good footwork, rarely lasted long against him. However, the top county batsmen and many overseas players could nullify his flight and spin, and Freeman had neither the skill nor variety to deceive these players often. Moreover, his spin was never severe enough to cause much harm on Australian pitches. Freeman relied chiefly on a leg-break that pitched on middle-and-leg, so that batsmen had to play at it, and a top-spinner that was notoriously difficult to detect and brought him hundreds of wickets; the googly
he used sparingly. His bowling grip was somewhat unorthodox for a leg spinner: being such as small man with small hands, he gripped the ball between thumb, middle and index fingers rather than the orthodox leg break grip between the palm, index finger and ring finger.
Freeman, two of whose brothers played for Essex
, played club... Read More