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Best averages
Player Span Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5 10
S Cosstick 1860-1876 18 - 998 106 9/61 9.41 - - 11 5
G Freeman 1865-1880 44 10075 2797 288 8/11 9.71 1.66 34.9 32 10
T Nixon 1841-1854 54 - 1338+ 264 9/? 9.98* - - 23 7
W Clarke 1826-1855 143 14027+ 4319+ 795 9/29 9.99* 2.05* 29.2* 82 25
TW Wills 1854-1876 32 - 1221+ 130 7/44 10.09* - - 15 3
A Mynn 1834-1859 212 - 3261+ 1036 9/? 10.28* - - 92 33
J Wisden 1845-1863 186 24208+ 7390+ 1109 10/58 10.32* 1.90* 32.4* 111 39
FW Lillywhite 1825-1853 237 15265+ 2435+ 1576 10/? 10.36* 1.96* 28.2* 155 55
CE Goodman 1891-1897 15 - 1327+ 126 8/40 10.70* - - 15 6
WR Hillyer 1835-1853 230 - 4458+ 1482 8/26 11.00* - - 149 54
W Martingell 1839-1860 182 - 3886+ 529 8/37 11.32* - - 37 4
J Jackson 1855-1867 115 20828+ 7491+ 655 9/27 11.52* 2.15* 32.0* 59 20
John Lillywhite 1848-1873 185 - 2463+ 223 8/54 11.56* - - 12 2
J Woods 1893-1905 17 - 1238 107 7/38 11.57 - - 10 2
A Rylott 1870-1888 85 16928 5333 456 9/30 11.69 1.89 37.1 39 14
J Bickley 1847-1860 38 - 1639+ 141 8/7 11.70* - - 9 4
GF Tarrant 1860-1869 71 - 4887+ 421 10/40 11.74* - - 41 16
S Draai 1973-1987 48 7873 2506 212 6/21 11.82 1.90 37.1 14 3
VA Barnes 1978-1995 68 11481 3862 323 9/46 11.95 2.01 35.5 24 6
W Mycroft 1873-1885 138 32345 10441 863 9/25 12.09 1.93 37.4 87 28
A Shaw 1864-1897 404 101967 24577 2027 10/73 12.12 1.44 50.3 177 44
J Grundy 1850-1869 298 - 11338+ 1137 9/19 12.20* - - 84 24
CDB Marsham 1854-1866 34 - 2095+ 180 9/64 12.25* - - 14 4
G Nash 1879-1885 58 7790 2868 232 8/14 12.36 2.20 33.5 17 5
F Hollands 1849-1859 31 - 1342+ 124 6/15 12.42* - - 11 0
J Crossland 1878-1887 84 10264 4019 322 8/57 12.48 2.34 31.8 25 6
W McIntyre 1869-1880 97 18653 6436 510 8/31 12.61 2.07 36.5 53 14
E Willsher 1850-1875 267 - 16493+ 1329 8/16 12.68* - - 107 30
F Wilding 1881-1900 34 - 1318 103 7/31 12.79 - - 6 1
R Neill 1889-1906 20 - 1729 134 9/75 12.90 - - 16 7
S Magiet 1972-1991 67 7346 2222 171 6/24 12.99 1.81 42.9 7 0
G Wootton 1861-1873 186 - 12500+ 983 10/54 13.00* - - 87 34
ET Drake 1852-1871 55 - 2007+ 197 8/61 13.03* - - 19 8
KM Mistry 1893-1928 39 4003 1370 104 8/70 13.17 2.05 38.4 6 2
W Slinn 1861-1864 19 - 1466 111 8/33 13.20 - - 9 4
A Watson 1871-1893 303 65981 18423 1384 9/118 13.31 1.67 47.6 106 27
FE Allan 1867-1883 31 5052 1638 123 8/20 13.31 1.94 41.0 11 2
A Jabaar 1974-1991 57 9662 3121 233 7/38 13.39 1.93 41.4 14 3
F Morley 1871-1883 232 53628 17103 1274 8/26 13.42 1.91 42.0 119 36
W Caffyn 1849-1873 200 - 7872+ 602 9/29 13.47* - - 49 11
E Peate 1879-1890 209 47116 14517 1076 8/5 13.49 1.84 43.7 94 27
T Emmett 1866-1888 426 60135 21314 1572 9/23 13.55 2.12 38.2 122 29
J Dean snr 1835-1861 305 23770+ 7084+ 1144 9/34 13.62* 2.19* 37.0* 86 18
MR Magiet 1971-1980 37 4852 1486 109 7/35 13.63 1.83 44.5 6 1
GA Lohmann 1884-1897 293 71724 25295 1841 9/28 13.73 2.11 38.9 176 57
H Richardson 1887-1894 65 10153 2545 185 7/24 13.75 1.50 54.8 10 1
JC Boucher 1930-1954 28 - 2359 168 7/13 14.04 - - 18 5
T Hearne 1857-1876 173 11948+ 3993+ 292 6/12 14.10* 2.00* 42.2* 16 2
W Hickton 1867-1878 60 10958 4020 284 10/46 14.15 2.20 38.5 24 7
T Armitage 1872-1886 57 4237 1723 121 7/26 14.23 2.43 35.0 12 3
CTB Turner 1882-1910 155 41808 14152 993 9/15 14.25 2.03 42.1 102 35
A Hill 1871-1883 193 30032 10687 749 8/48 14.26 2.13 40.0 57 10
JC Shaw 1865-1875 115 27321 9184 642 9/86 14.30 2.01 42.5 59 18
J Southerton 1854-1879 286 68668 24280 1682 9/30 14.43 2.12 40.8 192 59
RC Tinley 1847-1874 117 - 4281+ 309 8/12 14.46* - - 22 5
T Sherman 1846-1870 82 7643+ 2662+ 344 8/? 14.46* 2.08* 41.5* 29 8
PH Morton 1877-1886 31 5077 2019 139 7/45 14.52 2.38 36.5 14 2
RG Barlow 1871-1891 351 43468 13799 950 9/39 14.52 1.90 45.7 66 14
VE Walker 1856-1877 145 10009 4858 334 10/74 14.54 2.91 29.9 27 8
AB Cumberbatch 1896-1910 27 4205 1949 133 8/27 14.65 2.78 31.6 11 4
AD Downes 1887-1914 51 - 4564 311 8/35 14.67 - - 33 13
A Booth 1931-1947 38 7242 1931 131 6/21 14.74 1.59 55.2 7 1
T Hayward 1854-1872 118 9655 3937 267 9/30 14.74 2.44 36.1 19 2
WS Patterson 1874-1882 41 - 2330+ 163 7/30 14.74* - - 17 5
AG Steel 1877-1893 162 30580 11665 789 9/63 14.78 2.28 38.7 64 20
H Verity 1930-1939 378 84219 29145 1956 10/10 14.90 2.07 43.0 164 54
FR Spofforth 1874-1888 155 30593 12759 853 9/18 14.95 2.50 35.8 84 32

Minimum of 100 wickets (where the runs conceded are known)

Records includes the following recent matches:
Central Districts v Otago at Napier, Plunket Shield, Oct 26-29, 2014 [First-class]
Sri Lanka A v West Indies A at Moratuwa, 3rd unofficial Test, Oct 25-28, 2014 [First-class]
Canterbury v Wellington at Christchurch, Plunket Shield, Oct 25-28, 2014 [First-class]

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