Sunday, May 10

Sidney James Pegler (1888-1972) Test Cap No:70

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Full name Sidney James Pegler
Born July 28, 1888, Durban, Natal
Died September 10, 1972, Plumstead, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 84 years 44 days)
Major teams South Africa, Marylebone Cricket Club, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Legbreak

Profile
Sid Pegler was much better known as a player in England than in his own country. This arose from his spending some 25 years as a District Commissioner in Nyasaland, as it then was, which put an end to his regular first-class cricket after the 1912 tour to England. Indeed, although he continued to play up to 1930 his last appearance in South Africa itself had been as long before as 1912-13, when he played in one game only. As against this he was in the 1924 team to England and played more domestic cricket in England when back on leave than he ever played in South Africa though, unhappily, not much in either country.

Claude Eugene Floquet (1884-1963) Test Cap No:69

Full name Claude Eugene Floquet
Born November 3, 1884, Aliwal North, Cape Colony
Died November 22, 1963, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (aged 79 years 19 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

Profile
Claude Eugene Floquet was an occasional player for Transvaal cricket team during the first decade of the 20th century.He was born in Aliwal North, Cape Colony, on 3 November 1884 and died in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province on 22 November 1963, aged 79.His first-class career of just six matches was spread over six seasons between 1904/05 and 1910/11. He batted right-handed in the middle to lower part of the order (although it was claimed he was an opening batsman) and he bowled medium pace occasionally. He appeared in a single Test match for South Africa, that being the third of the series against England on their visit of 1909/10. Played at the Old Wanderers Ground in Johannesburg, - as all Floquet’s first-class matches were, incidentally - Floquet scored 1 and 11 not out and took 0 for 24 with the ball. He toured Australia with South Africa the following season but did not play in any of the Test matches. His death in 1963 appeared to go unrecorded at the time and therefore no obituary appeared within Wisden for him. He was the younger brother of the Transvaal player, B.H. Floquet.

Only Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Feb 26-Mar 3, 1910
First-class span 1904-1911

Johan Wilhelm Zulch (1885-1924) Test Cap No:68

Full name Johan Wilhelm Zulch
Born January 2, 1886, Lydenburg, Transvaal
Died May 19, 1924, Umkomaas, Natal (aged 38 years 138 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

Profile
Johan Wilhelm "Billy" Zulch, for some years one of South Africa's leading batsmen, was found dead in bed on May 19, at Umkomaas (Natal), where he had gone to recoup his health after a nervous breakdown. He was born in the Lydenburg District, Transvaal, on January 20, 1886, and so was only 37 years of age at the time of his death. His education was received at Green and Sea Point High School, Cape Town, and his earliest big success on the cricket-field was an innings of 180 for Pretoria v. Potchefstroom. He was a great batsman, having many strokes and a strong defence, and a good field, but he never visited England. He toured Australia, however, in 1910-11, and played innings of 150 at Sydney and 105 at Adelaide in the Test matches. His first really big game was in 1905-6 for Pretoria against England, but he did not begin to come to the front until three years later.

Louis Anthony Stricker (1884-1960) Test Cap No:67

Full name Louis Anthony Stricker
Born May 26, 1884, Beaconsfield, Kimberley
Died February 5, 1960, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 75 years 255 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Profile
Louis Anthony Stricker, a former South African Test batsman, died at Cape Town on February 5 at the age of 75. He was born at Kimberley on May 26, 1884, and represented Transvaal in domestic cricket, scoring an innings of 101 for them at Pretoria in 1909-10 against the M.C.C. touring side, when he and J. W. Zulch shared an opening stand of 215. He played in four of the Tests against England that season, and was a member of the South African side in Australia in 1910-11. In his first match on Australian soil, against South Australia at Adelaide, he scored 146, and repeated this score in a minor match later on.

John McIllwaine Moore Commaille (1883-1956) Test Cap No:66

Full name John McIllwaine Moore Commaille
Born February 21, 1883, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died July 28, 1956, Sea Point, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 73 years 158 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West, Orange Free State, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat

Profile
Mick Commaille, who died in Cape Town on July 27, aged 73, represented South Africa at both cricket and, as outside or inside-right, at association football. He played cricket against England in South Africa in five Test matches in 1909 and two in 1927, and took part in five in England in 1924 when vice-captain to H. W. Taylor. It was in the opening Test of this tour that A. E. R. Gilligan and M. W. Tate, bowling unchanged, dismissed South Africa at Edgbaston for 30. Mick Commaille also visited Australia under P. W. Sherwell in 1911, but did not appear in a Test. In 22 innings against England, he hit 355 runs, average 16.90, his highest score being 47.

Generally an opening batsman, he played for Cape Town for many years, his best season being that of 1912 when he exceeded 1,000 runs. From his early twenties till he was 47, he assisted Western Province in the Currie Cup competition and then joined Orange Free State, for whom he (186) and S. K. Coen (165) shared in a record second wicket partnership of 305. Commaille later played for Griqualand West, whom he captained. He had been Secretary of the South African Football Association and an administrator for the Western Province FA.

Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 1-5, 1910
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Dec 31, 1927 - Jan 4, 1928
First-class span 1905-1931

Thomas Campbell (1882-1924) Test Cap No:65

Full name Thomas Campbell
Born February 9, 1882, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died October 5, 1924, Milndale Railway Siding, Natal (aged 42 years 239 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Profile
Thomas Campbell, the well-known South African cricketer, was killed in the Natal railway accident which occurred to the up-mail train from Durban at Milndale early on the morning of October 5th. He was born in Natal on February 9, 1882, and was thus over 42 years at the time of his death. As a batsman he was of small account, although in a Test match against England at Durban in 1909-10 he played an innings of 48, but as a wicket-keeper he gained much note. He made his first appearance for the Transvaal in Currie Cup matches in 1906-7, and four seasons later toured Australia as a member of the South African Team. With Percy Sherwell's services at command, however, he took part in none of the Test matches.