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Billy Slade

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Source: Cricinfo, 26 October 2012

William Douglas Slade (born 27 September 1941) is a former Welsh cricketer. Slade was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born at Briton Ferry, Glamorgan.

First-class career[edit]

Slade made his first-class debut for Glamorgan in the 1961 County Championship against Hampshire at St. Helen's, Swansea. In his first season, he made a further thirteen first-class appearances, scoring 370 runs at an average of 17.61, while recording his maiden half century against Leicestershire. However, in the following season he made just six first-class appearances, with Slade struggling to break into Glamorgan's first eleven over the following three seasons, making eight first-class appearances in 1963, seven in 1964 and eight in 1965. It was in 1963 that he made his List A debut against Somerset in the first-round of the Gillette Cup. Glamorgan progressed to the quarter-finals of the tournament, with Slade playing in Glamorgan's quarter-final defeat to Worcestershire.

In 1966, Slade appeared in fourteen first-class matches, twelve of which came in that seasons County Championship. He scored a total of 338 runs in this season, at a low average of 13.52, as well as passing fifty just once against Sussex. He also made a single List A appearance in the 1966 Gillette Cup in a second-round defeat by Warwickshire. The 1967 season was to be his last in first-class cricket, with Slade making ten appearances, the last of which came against Middlesex. In his final season, he scored a total of 273 runs at an average of 15.16, with a high score of 42. He also made a single List A appearance in a 1967 Gillette Cup second-round defeat to Hampshire at the United Services Recreation Ground, Portsmouth. Throughout his time at Glamorgan, Slade had been unable to command a regular place in Glamorgan's starting eleven. He played a total of 67 first-class matches for the county, scoring 1,482 runs at an average of 14.11, with a high score of 73 not out against Derbyshire in 1963. He was also a strong fielder, particularly close to the wicket. In 67 matches, he took 100 catches. Slade was also occasionally utilised as a bowler, taking 32 wickets at a bowling average of 46.65, with best figures of 4/144. He also played in four List A matches, scoring 52 runs at an average of 13.00, with a high score of 28.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Later career[edit]

He later captained Wales in the 1979 ICC Trophy, captaining the team in three matches against the Netherlands, Israel and the United States. Wales failed to progress from their group in the tournament, therefore missing out on qualification for the 1979 World Cup. He also coached cricket at Marlborough College.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).