Born in England, Graham Roy Dilley was an English cricketer. Standing tall at 6’4”, Dilley was a right arm fast bowler. Dilley studied at the Dartford West Boys’ School before he joined Kent to play county cricket. He made his cricket debut in 1977 to play against Australia, thus becoming the youngest cricketer to have played for England in 30 years.
Dilly also played first class cricket for Kent starting from 1977 to play against Cambridge University. Though having good averages, he went wicket-less in his first 2 games. But while playing his third first class match against Middlesex, Dilly surprised all by taking 7 wickets and clinched match-winning figures for his team.
During his career, Dilley played a total of 234 first class matches achieving an average of 26.84 and a batting average of 14.71. His best bowling figures stand at 7 wickets for 63 runs. In 1979, Dilley displayed his excellence by playing a total of 31 senior games for Kent, which also included taking 4 wickets for 41 runs in a warm up match against the touring New Zealand team.
Dilley was selected to play for England to play one-day international tri-series matches against West Indies and Australia. Dilley also made his first-class debut the same year, and dismissed 3 batsmen in his first match. The match is better remembered for a once-in-a-blue-moon scorecard display: D. K. Lillee - C. Willey, b. Dilley 19
Dilley participated in a total of 41 test matches and 36 ODI matches. His bowling averages are recorded at 29.76 for tests and 26.89 for ODI matches. As of by 1983, Dilley had proved himself to be a strong player for test matches and had become a regular for the England team. He was regarded as England’s foremost pacer between 1986 and 1988, by taking 83 wickets with an average of 26.43. He bowled match-winning figures for his team in the 1986-87 by taking 5 wickets for 68 runs at the first test against Australia at the Ashes.
Having played for his country for 10 glorious years, Dilley played his final test match against Australia in 1989. He continued playing county cricket a few years after retiring from the test match front. After retiring from all forms of cricket, Dilley served to coach the England’s women cricket team and later shifted to coach the men’s cricket team. He was serving as a head coach for Loughborough UCCE (University Centre of Cricketing Excellence) before passing away in October 2011.