Malcolm's famous 'bowled out for a duck' cricket ball trophy to go up for auction

Date published: 19 May 2021


The famous Don Bradman 'bowled out for a duck' cricket ball trophy, which was presented to teenage Lancashire CCC bowler Malcolm Hilton by his former club Werneth, goes up for auction next month.

On offer at London-based Graham Budd Auctions on June 7, the leather cricket ball is mounted on silver stand upon a black base, with an engraved plaque. 

The cricket ball is the one from Lancashire's match against the Australian tourists at Old Trafford in May, 1948, when 19-year-old Malcolm bowled the legendary Don Bradman out for a duck in the first innings.

Incredibly, Malcolm secured The Don's wicket again in the second innings when he had him stumped for 43 runs.

This great achievement catapulted Malcolm into the public eye as a welcome moment of celebration during a summer of complete Australian domination on the cricket pitch.

A slow left-arm bowler, Malcolm played four Tests for England, and made 270 first class cricket appearances.

Before becoming a professional cricketer, Malcolm had worked at his father’s building and decorating business in Werneth.

Born in Chadderton, Malcolm died in Oldham aged 61 in July, 1990.

Click here to register for the auction.

An opening price has been set at £600 for the trophy.


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