6 September – On this day


Charles Turner becomes the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season, he was born 16 November 1862 in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, and was a bowler who is regarded as one of the finest ever produced by Australia. His ‘unplayability’ on treacherous pitches earned him the nickname “Terror” Turner.

Turner eventually takes 283 wickets in the English season of 1888 for 11.27 runs each. This tally was 69 wickets ahead of Ted Peate’s 1882 record, and has been bettered only by Tom Richardson in 1895 and Tich Freeman in 1928 and 1933.

Among his other achievements were:

  • taking 314 wickets in all matches in 1888.
  • taking 106 wickets in twelve matches in the Australian season of 1887/88 – a record for any bowler in Australia
  • taking 17 wickets for 50 runs against An England Eleven at Hastings in 1888. Of these 17, 14 were bowled, two lbw and one stumped.
  • being the first Australian bowler to reach 100 wickets in Test matches.
  • his 12 for 87 against England in his record season of 1887/1888 is still the best bowling analysis for a Test at the SCG.
  • the only bowler to take 50 wickets in their first six Test matches.