Saturday, May 2

George Thornton (1867-1939) Test Cap No:54

Full name George Thornton
Born December 24, 1867, Skipton, Yorkshire, England
Died January 31, 1939, Kensington, London, England (aged 71 years 38 days)
Major teams South Africa, Middlesex, Yorkshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Dr. George Thornton, who died in London on January 31, occasionally played for Yorkshire and Middlesex before going to South Africa. Born at Skipton, Yorks, on December 24, 1867, he was educated at Skipton Grammar School, and took his degree at Edinburgh University. When the South African war broke out, Dr. Thornton was one of the first medical men to volunteer. He was made head of the Government Hospital at Pretoria, and spent nine years in South Africa. During this time he appeared for Transvaal, and for South Africa at Johannesburg in the first match Australia played in South Africa in October 1902 when Joe Darling's team were on the way home from England.

Left-handed, with both bat and ball, he was at his best in 1895 when for Middlesex he averaged 31 and took 23 wickets. He bowled with deadly effect against Gloucestershire at Lord's. The fifth man tried, he bowled W. G. Grace, who had scored 169, and in the last innings he took all five wickets that fell at a cost of 20--making nine for 72 in the match. Strangely enough in the corresponding fixture next season he gave by far his best batting display 161 and Middlesex won by an innings and 77 runs. He was not wanted as a bowler.

Only Test South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 11-14, 1902
First-class span 1891-1903

Louis Joseph Tancred (1876-1934) Test Cap No:53

Full name Louis Joseph Tancred
Born October 7, 1876, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Died July 28, 1934, Parktown, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 57 years 294 days)
Major teams South Africa, London County, Marylebone Cricket Club, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat

Louis Joseph Tancred, the famous Transvaal and South African cricketer, died at Johannnesburg, on July 30, aged 58. He was well-known in England for he made four visits with representative teams, in 1901, 1904, 1907 and 1912. On his last tour he took over the captaincy from Frank Mitchell in three of the six Test matches which his team played against England and Australia in the Triangular Tournament. Possessed of abundant patience, Tancred was an excellent opening batsman for he could wear down the bowling for other players to punish. He also hit powerfully and though a pronounced crouch spoilt his style he was especially good against fast bowling. During his trip to England in 1907 he was handicapped for a long time through illness and was only at his best during the last ten days of the tour. His highest score in a Test match was 97, at Johannesburg, against Australia in 1902, when J. Darling's team visited South Africa on the way home from England. His aggregate in 26 innings against England and Australia was 530 with an average of 21.20.

Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 11-14, 1902
Last Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 26-30, 1913
First-class span 1896-1920

Henry Melville Taberer (1870-1932) Test Cap No:52

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Full name Henry Melville Taberer
Born October 7, 1870, Keiskammahoek, Cape Province
Died June 5, 1932, Stormfontein, Colesberg, Cape Province (aged 61 years 242 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

Henry Melville Taberer (7 October 1870 – 5 June 1932) was a South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1902.He was born at Keiskammahoek, Cape Province and died at Colesberg, Cape Province.

Taberer played cricket in England for Oxford University but failed to win a blue, and he also appeared for Essex before the county achieved first-class status. He appeared for Oxford against Cambridge in both athletics (long jump) and rugby union.Taberer had an intermittent cricket career in South Africa, appearing for Natal, Transvaal and Rhodesia. On his one Test appearance he captained the side, but he scored only two runs and took just one wicket, that of Victor Trumper. The match was his last first-class cricket appearance. He was later prominent in South African cricket administration.

Taberer was born on a mission station and was a fluent speaker of the languages used by the local population: he claimed to speak them more fluently than he did English.He was able to use this talent effectively when he became manager of the South African government's Native Labour Bureau and adviser to the Native Recruiting Corporation for the Chamber of Mines at a time of increasing industrial unrest.

Only Test South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 11-14, 1902
First-class span 1891-1903

Charles James Edward Smith (1872-1947) Test Cap No:51


Full name Charles James Edward Smith
Born December 25, 1872, Gamtoos River, Cape Colony
Died March 27, 1947, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 74 years 92 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat

Charles James Edward Smith, an elder brother of H. E. Smith of the 1907 South African team, died at Johannesburg on March 27, aged 74. He played for Transvaal from 1894 to 1904. Against the Australian team of 1902 he scored 58 and 71 not out for Transvaal XV, and in the three Test matches made 106 runs, average 21.20, including 45 at Cape Town.

Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 11-14, 1902
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Nov 8-11, 1902
First-class span 1893-1905

Arthur William Nourse (1879-1948) Test Cap No:50

Full name Arthur William Nourse
Born January 25, 1879, South Norwood, Surrey, England
Died July 8, 1948, Glendinningvale, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (aged 69 years 165 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium

The Grand Old Man of South African, Arthur William "Dave" Nourse, was born in Croydon, England, but went to South Africa with the army as a 17-year-old and ended up making 45 consecutive Test appearances for them. A dogged left-hander, seam bowler, and brilliant slip fielder, he made 15 Test fifties but only one hundred, 111 against Australia at Johannesburg in 1921-22. He played first-class cricket until he was 57 - hence the nickname - scoring more runs than anyone else in South African domestic cricket, including a career-best 304 not out for Natal against Transvaal in 1919-20. His son, Dudley, also played 34 Tests for South Africa, and the pair played together in provincial cricket at the end of Dave's career. He died in Port Elizabeth in 1948.

Christopher Maitland Howard Hathorn (1878-1920) Test Cap No:49

Full name Christopher Maitland Howard Hathorn
Born April 7, 1878, Pietermaritzberg, Natal
Died May 17, 1920, Parktown West, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 42 years 40 days)
Major teams South Africa, London County, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat

Maitland Hathorn, who was born at Pietermaritzburg on April 7, 1878, died in Johannesburg on May 17. At his best he was a good and sound batsman and during his first two visits to this country was very successful. During his three tours he batted as follows in all matches.

Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 11-14, 1902
Last Test Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Jan 7-13, 1911
First-class span 1897-1911

William Alfred Shalders (1880-1917) Test Cap No:48

Full name William Alfred Shalders
Born February 12, 1880, Kimberley, Cape Province
Died March 18, 1917, Cradock, Cape Province (aged 37 years 34 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West, London County, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

William Shalders died at Cradock, Cape Province, March 18. Griqualand West XI: Transvaal XI; played for South Africa in Test matches v. England and Australia. Was a member of the teams that came to England in 1904 and 1907. Without being one of the stars of the famous South African side in 1907, Shalders was a very useful bat. He played an innings of 108 against Hampshire, and came out sixth on the list for the whole tour, getting 747 runs in 22 matches, with an average of just under 22. His best scores in the three Test games were 31 and not out 24 at the Oval. For the 1904 team he had an excellent record, scoring 842 runs and averaging 27. As his biggest innings was 81 his figures meant very consistent work.

Test debut South Africa v England at Cape Town, Apr 1-4, 1899
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 19-21, 1907
First-class span 1897-1909

Charles Frederick Henry Prince (1874-1949) Test Cap No:47

Full name Charles Frederick Henry Prince
Born September 11, 1874, Boshof, Orange Free State
Died February 2, 1949, Wynberg, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 74 years 144 days)
Major teams South Africa, Border, Eastern Province, London County, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Charles Frederick Henry Prince was a South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1899.Prince was a lower-order right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper who played from 1894 for Western Province. He later played for both Border and Eastern Province.His one Test match was the second match of the 1898-99 series against the English cricket team led by Lord Hawke. South Africa, having led by 85 on the first innings, were dismissed for just 35 in the second innings and lost the match by 210 runs. Prince scored 5 and 1, did not keep wicket and never played Test cricket again.In 1901, Prince was a member of an unofficial South African side that visited England at the height of the Boer War; no Tests were played on that tour, but several matches were arranged against first-class counties. He retired after the 1904-05 season.

Only Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Apr 1-4, 1899
First-class span 1894-1905

Albert William Powell (1873-1948) Test Cap No:46

Full name Albert William Powell
Born July 18, 1873, Kimberley, Cape Province
Died September 11, 1948, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 75 years 55 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Albert "Bertie" William Powell was a South African sportsman who played both international cricket and rugby union for South Africa.Powell was born in Kimberley, Cape Province in 1873; he was a good all-rounder for the period with safe hands in the field, he played sporadically for Griqualand West from 1892/93 to 1904/05. When Lord Hawke brought England to South Africa in 1898/99,

Powell was selected for the second Test, played at Cape Town. Although England won the match comprehensively by 210 runs, despite a first innings deficit of 85, Powell scored 5 and 11 (South Africa’s top scorer in their second innings), took 1 wicket for 10 runs and held two catches.In 1896 Powell played at centre for the South Africa national rugby union team in the third Test of the British Isles tour of South Africa.This would be his one and only international rugby cap.His death in Rondebosch, Cape Town in 1948 went unrecorded and therefore no obituary appeared within Wisden for him at the time.

Only Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Apr 1-4, 1899
First-class span 1892-1905