Peter Willey

Peter Willey is a former English cricketer who played as a right handed batsman and right arm off break bowler. After he called off from playing cricket, he began his career as an umpire. Born on December 6, 1949, Willey is one of the most respected umpire

Early career

Willey made his international debut in a test match against West Indies on July 22, 1976 at Headingley. He played 26 test matches where he 1,184 runs which also included two hundreds but even after that, he ended his career with an average of 26.91.

His ODI debut came on June 2, 1977 against Australia at the Old Trafford. Just like tests, he played a total of 26 ODIs in which he scored 538 runs at an average of 23.39 which also included five half centuries.

Umpiring career

Willey was selected in the first class umpires’ list in 1993 and three years later, he was part of the international panel. His first international appearance came in a test match between West Indies and New Zealand in Bridgetown.

He went on umpire in 283 first class matches and 298 List A in which 25 were test matches while 34 were One Day Internationals. Thiade him one of the most respected umpire of all time


After 2003 World Cup, Willey called off from umpiring in international cricket as he stated that it was difficult for him to travel constantly and wanted to spend more time with his family. But he continued as a domestic umpire as his name still remains in the English first class list.

Peter Willey’s son David Willey has also represented Northamptonshire County Cricket Club and also the English team at the international level.

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