Hedley Verity (1905–43) was a professional cricketer who played for
Yorkshire and England between 1930 and 1939. He was named as one of the
Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1932 and is regarded by critics as one
of the most effective slow left-arm bowlers to have played cricket. In
1932, he took all 10 wickets in an innings against Nottinghamshire
while conceding just 10 runs. These bowling figures remain, as of 2013,
a record in first-class cricket for the fewest runs conceded while
taking all 10 wickets. Verity was never lower than fifth in the
national bowling averages and took over 150 wickets in every year
except his first, assisting Yorkshire to the County Championship seven
times in his ten seasons with the club. He played regularly for England
and achieved the best performance of his career when he took 15 wickets
against Australia in a Test match at Lord's Cricket Ground in 1934. The
outbreak of the Second World War ended his career and he joined the
Green Howards in 1939, achieving the rank of captain. During the Allied
invasion of Sicily in 1943, Verity was severely wounded and captured by
the Germans. Taken to Italy, he died in Caserta from his injuries and
was buried there.
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