A Cricket Success Story

21st September 2009

Woolley and Wallis have continued a successful cricketing summer, where England's eleven have floundered, selling a Summers Brown and Sons Ltd Force XXXX bat for £2,200.

The bat was used by Sir Jack Hobbs in the 1924/25 Ashes series against Australia. It was signed by both teams and had an inscription that read, "I used this bat whilst scoring my 7th and 9th test centuries inEngland vsAustralia matches, 115 Sydney Dec 1924, 119Adelaide Jan 1925, Jack Hobbs". The bat's connection toEngland's most prolific batsman saw significant pre-sale interest, and there were bids on the phone from several private collectors, taking the hammer price to well over the top estimate of £1,200.

Sir Jack Hobbs was not only the first professional cricketer to be knighted, he was also the only Englishman selected as one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the 20th Century.

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