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21 November 1865 - 6 January 1939

Albert Ward (21 November 1865 – 6 January 1939) was an English first-class cricketer, who played first-class cricket for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1886, and for Lancashire between 1889 and 1904. Ward also played seven Test matches for England, and was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1890.

Ward was born in Waterloo, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He played four matches for Yorkshire, and his debut was against Middlesex at Bradford Park Avenue in 1886, where he made his highest score of 22. In total he played 330 matches between 1889 and 1904, with his benefit match in 1902 being worth £1,739. He scored 1,000 runs in a season nine times. The best being in 1900, were he scored 1,511 at average of 37.77. Ward's highest first-class score was 219 for the Stoddart team against South Australia, at Adelaide in 1895. His highest Test score was 117 versus Australia, made in Sydney in 1894.

He was an opening batsman with a powerful defence, who drove the ball hard, but preferred to play defensive roles. He was also a good outfielder.

A school teacher by profession, Ward also owned a sports outfitters shop in Bolton at one time. His early cricket was with Hunslet C.C.

Ward died in Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire, England.

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