Throwback Thursday: Hallam Moseley

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Hallam Moseley’s claim to fame is that he has taken more List A wickets for Somerset than any bowler in the history of the Club.

The genial West Indian, who bowled at a lively medium pace, had a trial with the county in 1968 during which he impressed with his performances with the ball.  Therefore, when he toured England with a Barbados XI the following season and Somerset were looking for a replacement for Ken Palmer and Fred Rumsey, the 21 year old was eventually signed.

After completing a qualifying period, during which he played for Lansdown Cricket Club which is the same club that would later nurtured Viv Richards, he made his Somerset debut in 1971.

The happy-go-lucky Hallam was an immediate success and in his first season took 34 Championship wickets at an average of 24.94. He also took 19 One-Day wickets at 20.26.

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The John Player 40-Over League on Sunday afternoons was still in its infancy when Hallam first started his Somerset career, and he looked as if he was made for the competition, topping the wicket-takers for the County in 1973,75, 77, 78, 80 and 82!

A trademark smile and his long underarm returns from the boundary along with his occasional big hitting exploits made the West Indian a great favourite with the Somerset fans.

Although he was a key part of Somerset’s One-Day team, he had to wait until 1982 to win a One-Day trophy, which was to be his last season with the County.

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Between 1971 and 82 Hallam Moseley played in 205 first class games for Somerset in which he claimed 547 wickets at an average of 24.10, with his best return being six for 34 against Derbyshire at Bath in 1975.

In List A cricket his record is second to none and in the 210 matches he played for Somerset he took 309 wickets at a cost of 20.03 runs each, no mean achievement and one that is fondly remembered by those who watched him play.