Saturday, April 11

Robert Reid Dower (1876-1964) Test Cap No:40

Full name Robert Reid Dower
Born June 4, 1876, Kokstad, Cape Colony
Died September 15, 1964, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 88 years 103 days)
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province
Batting style Right-hand bat

Profile
Robert Reid Dower, who died at Cape Town, where he was an attorney, on September 16, aged 88, was the oldest surviving South African Test cricketer. He played in the first of the two Tests with Lord Hawke's team in 1898-99 at Johannesburg. He assisted Cape Colony and Eastern Province.

Only Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Feb 14-16, 1899
First-class span 1896-1907

Murray Bisset (1876-1931) Test Cap No:39

Full name Murray Bisset
Born April 14, 1876, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Died October 24, 1931, Salisbury (now Harare), Rhodesia (aged 55 years 193 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Profile
Born in Port Elizabeth, Bisset was the fifth son of James Bisset, engineer and former Mayor of Wynberg, and Emily, née Jarvis, daughter of Hercules Jarvis (MLC, MLA) former Mayor of Cape Town.Educated at Diocesan College, Rondebosch, Bisset soon gained a reputation as a batsman and a wicket keeper who could stand up to the fastest bowlers,and made his first class cricket debut for Western Province on 18 April 1895 against Transvaal at Durban, scoring 0 and five not out. Despite this setback, Bisset was a regular member of the Western Province side, scoring an unbeaten 124 against Transvaal in 1897, leading to his announcement as captain of the Western Province side for the Currie Cup final that year. He scored 5 and 63*, enough to secure his position as South African captain against the touring English side. Aged 22, Bisset remained Test cricket's youngest ever captain until Ian Craig captained Australia in 1957.

Arthur William Seccull (1868-1945) Test Cap No:38

Full name Arthur William Seccull
Born September 14, 1868, King William's Town, Cape Colony
Died July 20, 1945, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 76 years 309 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West, Kimberley, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

Profile
Seccull, Mr. Arthur William, a member of the first South African team that visited England in 1894, died at Johannesburg on July 20, aged 76. During that tour Seccull scored 355 runs, average 15.10, his highest innings being 63 against Glamorgan. He took only four wickets at a cost of 42.30 each in first-class matches, but in South Africa he often bowled well and in March 1896 dismissed two batsmen for 37 runs in the third representative match against Lord Hawke's touring side at Capetown. He played inter-provincial cricket regularly from 1887 to 1899, his highest score being 64 for Transvaal against Western Province.

Only Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 21-23, 1896
First-class span 1889-1897

Alfred Renfrew Richards (1867-1904) Test Cap No:37

Full name Alfred Renfrew Richards
Born December 14, 1867, Grahamstown, Cape Colony
Died January 9, 1904, Salisbury (now Harare), Rhodesia (aged 36 years 26 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Profile
Alfred Renfrew Richards was a South African sportsman who represented his country at Test cricket and rugby union. He was capped three times for South Africa in rugby, including captaining them once and made one Test cricket appearance.Richards was born in Grahamstown, Cape Colony. He played for Western Province in some of the earliest provincial matches in South Africa, and in 1893-94, his 108 was the highest score as his team beat Natal to win the Currie Cup.

George Keyworth Glover (1870-1938) Test Cap No:36

Full name George Keyworth Glover
Born May 13, 1870, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
Died November 15, 1938, Kimberley, Cape Province (aged 68 years 186 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West, Kimberley
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Profile
George Keyworth Glover (13 May 1870 in Wakefield, England – 15 November 1938 in Kimberley, South Africa) was a South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1896.

Only Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 21-23, 1896
First-class span 1889-1898

George Harold Shepstone (1876-1940) Test Cap No:35

Full name George Harold Shepstone
Born April 9, 1876, Pietermaritzberg, Natal
Died July 3, 1940, Springkell Sanatorium, Germiston, Transvaal (aged 64 years 85 days)
Major teams South Africa, Marylebone Cricket Club, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

Profile
George Harold Shepstone, a free hitter and good fast bowler, died at Johannesburg on July 3, 1940 aged 63. Born at Pietermaritzburg on April 9, 1876, he was educated at Repton, and played in the eleven in 1892-93. On returning to South Africa, he took part in two, representative matches at Johannesburg; in March 1896 against Lord Hawke's first English team, and in February 1899 against the second team taken to South Africa by the Yorkshire captain, his scores being 21, 9, 8 and 0. In 1904 he came to England with the team captained by Frank Mitchell, but played little owing to illness. Shepstone appeared for Transvaal from 1898 to 1905, his highest score being 104 against Griqualand West at Cape Town in April 1898.

Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Mar 2-4, 1896
Last Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Feb 14-16, 1899
First-class span 1895-1905

George Alexander Rowe (1874-1950) Test Cap No:34

Full name George Alexander Rowe
Born June 15, 1874, Grahamstown, Cape Province
Died January 8, 1950, Pinelands, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 75 years 207 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Profile
George Alexander Rowe - One of the earliest successful South African bowlers, George Rowe was born in Grahamstown, South Africa on June 15, 1874 and died near Cape Town, South Africa on January 8, 1950, aged 75. Playing for Western Province during the early years of the Currie Cup, he made his first class debut against Natal in 1893/94 in the final of the competition, and played his last match for the province in 1907. He was a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and claimed five wickets in an innings on thirteen occasions, converting five of them into ten-wicket match hauls. He first made his mark on South Africa’s non-first-class tour of England in 1894 where he was the pick of the bowlers in a wet summer, taking 136 wickets at 12.87 apiece.