Walter “Tich” Cornford was a right-hand batsman and wicket-keeper who played 484 matches between 1921 and 1947. He played 4 Test Matches for England against New Zealand on the 1929-30 tour.
He scored 6,430 runs at an average of 15.06 and held 651 catches with 334 stumpings and was one of the smallest wicket-keepers to play first-class cricket being very little over 5ft. He stood up to the wicket when keeping to the bowling of Maurice Tate and Arthur Gilligan. One of his happiest memories was the 1929 match against Surrey at Hastings. He stumped Jack Hobbs down the leg-side in both innings, as well as taking five catches.
In an emergency he played one match after the war in 1947 against Essex at Brentwood when he was coach at Brighton College.