Memorabilia relating to famous Warwickshire and England wicket-keeper A. A. Lilley and a boxing glove signed by Mohammad Ali will be going under the hammer in Shropshire in January.
Lilley broke with the tradition by standing back to England fast bowler Tom Richardson in a test match on the advice of the legendary W. G. Grace and continued to do so for the rest of his successful cricketing career.
Arthur Frederick Augustus “Dick” Lilley, who died at Brislington, near Bristol a day short of his 62nd birthday in 1929, played 31 Tests for England against Australia, took 65 catches, stumped 19 batsmen and scored 802 runs with an average of 20 and top unbeaten 65 at Manchester in 1896.
Playing for Warwickshire first in 1888, Lilley kept wicket continuously for 23 years. During his career, he caught out 705 batsmen and stumped 200. Highlights included eight catches for the county against M. C. C. at Lord’s in 1896 and he scored 15,746 first class runs, including 16 centuries.
When he gave up county cricket in 1911, he settled in Bristol and, after the war, was a member of the special advisory committee which helped to re-establish Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
Now a cricket bat signed by Lilley on April 4, 1910 and made by Quaife Bros and Lilley, a silver mounted cricket ball trophy, a wicket and a photo of A. A. Lilley are set to be auctioned on January 31.
Lilley could also bowl and the silver mounted cricket ball was presented to him by Kings Heath Cricket Club in 1903 for his season’s haul of 22 wickets for 164 runs from 84 overs, producing an average of 7.45. The collection of memorabilia is valued at around £150.
Another early entry in the sporting memorabilia section of the toys, collectibles, books and militaria auction is a boxing glove signed by ‘The Greatest’ Mohammad Ali with a personal message.
The glove, which is mounted on a display board and valued at up to £300, was signed by the boxing legend with a message to Arthur Clare during a visit to Stoke on Trent South Rotary Club on August 12, 1983 with the message: “Three times world champion. Greatest of all time.”
To consign items or to receive more information about the auction, contact the Halls Fine Art department on Tel: 01743 450700 or email: [email protected].