Following my look at Rob Key and his relative importance to Kent, I thought I’d have a look at some other batsmen and how much they contributed to the White Horse throughout the years. My first port of call was the incomparable Frank Woolley. Not only did his county career span 32 seasons, but he was (by reputation) one of the most elegant and talented batsmen these isles, never mind this corner of it, have produced.
To look at his Kent first class seasons (against other counties), I would implore you to look at how many of his seasons have dark lines above the 1,000 run mark – and then check the 2,000 runs, too. He was some run-getter, Frank Woolley. He was a bloody good bowler, too, but that’s for another day.
Then there’s the same % of runs graph as I produced for Rob Key which is interesting more at the very beginning than anywhere else. In his very early career, Woolley scored around 1,000 Championship runs a season, which was about 10% of Kent’s total – only in 1913
(1507/10254) was he close to 15%, at 14.7%. Following that period, he was only under 15% once before 1932; in 1927, when he scored 1444 of 9846 runs but, as his dominance rose, Kent’s standing fell, and he never won a fifth County Championship.