Saturday, May 16

Claude Newberry (1889-1916) Test Cap No:87

Full name Claude Newberry
Born 1889, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Died August 1, 1916, France (aged 27 years days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast, Legbreak

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Claude Newberry (sometimes known as Newbury) played all his Tests against England in 1913-14 with reasonable success, although he often tried to bowl too fast which reduced his effectiveness. He was killed on the western front.

Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 26-30, 1913
Last Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 27-Mar 3, 1914
First-class span 1910-1914

George Lancelot Tapscott (1889-1940) Test Cap No:86

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Full name George Lancelot Tapscott
Born November 7, 1889, Barkly West, Cape Province
Died December 13, 1940, Kimberley, Cape Province (aged 51 years 36 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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George Lancelot Tapscott, died at Kimberley on December 13, 1940, aged 61. A hard-hitting batsman, he scarcely fulfilled the promise given in an innings of 106 for Griqualand West against Natal in March 1911. In the following December, by brilliant hitting he scored 111 in seventy minutes and 60 for the Rest of South Africa against Transvaal; but he failed to gain selection for the South African team that toured England in 1912. When the England team under J. W. H. T. Douglas visited South Africa in 1913-14, Tapscott played in the first Test match, but scored only 4 and 1, and was not called upon again, though he continued to bat and bowl with considerable success for Griqualand West until 1923, when he gave up first-class cricket because of knee trouble. His brother, L. B. Tapscott, also played for South Africa.

Only Test South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 13-17, 1913
First-class span 1910-1923

Percy Tyson Lewis (1884-1976) Test Cap No:85

Full name Percy Tyson Lewis
Born October 2, 1884, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died January 30, 1976, Durban, Natal (aged 91 years 120 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat

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Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, who died in Durban on January 30, at the age of 91, was the oldest Springbok and the last survivor of the South Africans who played in the 1913-14 series. Following a splendid innings of 151 for Western Province against the MCC in the opening match of that tour, he was selected for the first Test Match in Durban, but failed to score in either innings, being caught Woolley b Barnes in both innings. He first appeared for Western Province in 1907-08 and, at the conclusion of the MCC tour of 1909-10, he was a member of the team picked by HDG Leveson Gower to tour Rhodesia.

Philip Albert Myburgh Hands (1890-1951) Test Cap No:84

Full name Philip Albert Myburgh Hands
Born March 18, 1890, Claremont, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died April 27, 1951, Parys, Orange Free State (aged 61 years 40 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler

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A right-hand batsman with a reputation for aggression at all times, Hands lost five of his best years to the Great War at a time he had just broken into the South African side. Against a rampant England side in 1913-14 he scored 281 runs, more than any other South African, with a best of 83 (made out of 98 in 105 minutes) at Port Elizabeth. He served on the western front in the war, winning the DCO and MC. He returned to England in 1924 but his tour was wretched - he made 426 runs in 26 innings and did not bat in the only Test he was selected for. A good allround sportsman, he emulated his two brothers by winning a rugby Blue at Oxford in 1910 but, oddly,. failed to gain one for cricket.

Test debut South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 13-17, 1913
Last Test England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 26-29, 1924
First-class span 1906-1927

Joseph Lovell Cox (1886-1971) Test Cap No:83

Full name Joseph Lovell Cox
Born June 28, 1886, Pietermaritzberg, Natal
Died July 4, 1971, Bulawayo, Rhodesia (aged 85 years 6 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Joe Cox was a brisk medium-pace bowler who was instrumental in Natal winning the Currie Cup for the first time in 1910-11, taking 36 wickets in six matches with a best of 8 for 20 against Transvaal. He toured England for the Trinagular series in 1912 but didn't feature in any of the Tests. His chance came on England's tour in 1913-14, but in three Tests he failed to make any mark. He was a poor fielder and a mediocre tail-end batsman.

Alfred Henry Cecil Cooper (1893-1963) Test Cap No:82

Full name Alfred Henry Cecil Cooper
Born September 2, 1893, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Died July 18, 1963, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 69 years 319 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Alfred Henry Cecil Cooper was a South African cricketer who played a single Test match for the South African national side during the 1913–14 season. Domestically, he played for Transvaal (now Gauteng) from 1912 to 1928.Cooper was born in Johannesburg in September 1893, in what was then the independent South African Republic.His father,Alfred Edward Cooper (1869–1960),played first-class cricket for Transvaal and Griqualand West.The junior Alfred Cooper made his first-class debut in December 1912, for Transvaal against Orange Free State during the 1912–13 season of the Currie Cup.A right-handed top-order batsman, he scored 244 runs from four matches in his debut season, including two half-centuries.The following season, in November 1913, Cooper appeared for Transvaal in a match against a team led by former national captain Percy Sherwell.In the match, which served as a trial match for the upcoming Test series against England, he scored 109 runs in 90 minutes, his maiden first-class century.Cooper was consequently selected in the South African side for the First Test against England, played at Lord's, Durban. He came in sixth in each innings of what was to be his only Test, and was twice dismissed by Sydney Barnes, recording six runs in the first innings and a duck in the second.

James Manuel Blanckenberg (1892-1955) Test Cap No:81

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Full name James Manuel Blanckenberg
Born December 31, 1892, Claremont, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died 1955, West Berlin, Germany (aged 62 years days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Jimmy Blanckenberg was a tireless right-arm medium-pace bowler whose lack of speed was more than compensated for by his nagging and unerring accuracy. While he was not so effective on grass, on the matting wickets which featured in South Africa he was a handful. Against England in 1913-14 he took 19 wickets at 22.52, and after the war he continued with 12 wickets against Australia in 1921-22 and then another 25 at 24.52, again against England, the following season. He toured England in 1924 but was unproductive in the Tests, although he ended the summer with 119 wickets at 22. He finished his career with a lucrative four-season spell with Nelson in the Lancashire Leagues. There were rumours that he was a Nazi sympathizer in the years leading to the second world war.

Harold Vane Baumgartaner (1883-1938) Test Cap No:80

Full name Harold Vane Baumgartner
Born November 17, 1883, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Died April 8, 1938, Accra, Gold Coast (aged 54 years 142 days)
Major teams South Africa, Orange Free State, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

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A dimitutive slow left-arm bowler, Harold Baumgartner's only international outing came in the first Test against England in 1913-14. The Great War ended his first-class career.

Only Test South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 13-17, 1913
First-class span 1903-1914

Claude Pagdett Carter (1881-1952) Test Cap No:79

Full name Claude Pagdett Carter
Born April 23, 1881, Durban, Natal
Died November 8, 1952, Addington, Durban, Natal (aged 71 years 199 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

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Claude Carter was a left-arm spinner who played ten Tests between 1912 and 1924. South Africa were a poor side in those days, and Carter was never on a winning team in a Test. But he was particularly effective on matting, and he did take a couple of six-fors: against England at Durban in 1913-14, and against Australia at Johannesburg eight years later. His first-class career spanned 26 seasons - he took 5 for 17 on his debut against Transvaal in 1897-98 aged 16. Carter also played for Cornwall for a number of years.

Test debut England v South Africa at Lord's, Jun 10-12, 1912
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 16-19, 1924
First-class span 1897-1924

Thomas Alfred Ward (1887-1936) Test Cap No:78

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Full name Thomas Alfred Ward
Born August 2, 1887, Rawalpindi, Punjab, India
Died February 16, 1936, East Springs Gold Mine, Transvaal (aged 48 years 198 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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Thomas Alfred Ward, the South African wicketkeeper, was accidentally electrocuted when working at the West Springs Gold Mine on February 16. He came to England in 1912 and 1924 and, if not so brilliant as Halliwell and Sherwell who preceded him, or Cameron, he maintained a high standard of excellence. During that period he kept wicket in 23 Test matches, the first being at Old Trafford against Australia in the triangular tournament, and was thoroughly reliable. A dogged batsman with strong defence, he scored in Test cricket 459 runs with an average of 13.90. Going in first, he made 64 at Johannesburg in February 1923, against the England side captained by F. T. Mann, and in 1924 at Old Trafford he again opened the innings well by scoring 50. When the Australian Imperial Forces team visited South Africa on the way home in 1919 Ward scored 62 not out at Johannesburg in the first of two representative games. He was in the Transvaal eleven from 1909 to 1927, and in all first class matches scored 1,651 runs with an average of 15.43.When Jimmy Matthews achieved the unique feat in Test cricket of taking a hat-trick in each innings at Old Trafford in 1912, Ward was the third victim each time. He therefore made a pair on his Test debut.

Test debut Australia v South Africa at Manchester, May 27-28, 1912
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 16-19, 1924
First-class span 1909-1926

Herbert Wilfred Taylor (1889-1973) Test Cap No:77

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Full name Herbert Wilfred Taylor
Born May 5, 1889, Durban, Natal
Died February 8, 1973, Newlands, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 83 years 279 days)
Major teams South Africa, Marylebone Cricket Club, Natal, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
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Herbert Wilfred Taylor, who died at Cape Town on February 8, aged 83, was a great batsman on the matting pitches of South Africa, and a very fine one on those of England and Australia. He played over a span of twenty years for his country, beginning with the Triangular Tournament of 1912 and bowing out with the tour to Australia of H. B. Cameron's team of 1931-32 when he was rising 43. He took part in ten series in all, leading South Africa in four of them, and in 42 Test matches made 2936 runs with an average of 4077. In terms of length and distinction of performance it could be said that no-one ever served South Africa better. Herby Taylor made seven hundreds in Test cricket, six of them on matting pitches, and it was on the mat that he first established himself, in 1913-14, as the youthful captain of a South African side that was considerably out-gunned by the full strength of England at a vintage time. The confrontation between Sydney Barnes, who took the record bag for any rubber anywhere of 49 wickets, and Taylor, who averaged 50 in his ten Test innings against him, is always remembered as one of the classics of history. 'The English cricketers were unanimous that finer batting than his against Barnes at his best they never hoped to see,' says H. S. Altham, while Ian Peebles,

Gerald Patrick Desmond Hartigan (1884-1955) Test Cap No:75

Full name Gerald Patrick Desmond Hartigan
Born December 30, 1884, King William's Town, Cape Province
Died January 7, 1955, Addington, Durban, Natal (aged 70 years 8 days)
Major teams South Africa, Border
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

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Gerald Patrick Desmond Hartigan, who died in a Durban hospital on January 7, aged 70, played for South Africa at both cricket and Association football. As a right-handed batsman and fast-medium bowler, he appeared for Border in the Currie Cup competition from 1903 to 1927, his highest innings being 176 not out against Eastern Province in 1910-11. In 1912 he was a member of the South African team who figured in the Triangular Tournament in England, but he played in only twelve matches, including two Tests, for, in returning a ball from the deep field, he fractured an arm. In 1913-14 he took part in the first three Test matches against the England touring side led by JWHT Douglas and at Johannesburg in the second was top scorer in the first innings with 51.

Test debut Australia v South Africa at Manchester, May 27-28, 1912
Last Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 1-5, 1914
First-class span 1903-1927

Rolland Beaumont (1884-1958) Test Cap No:74

Full name Rolland Beaumont
Born February 4, 1884, Newcastle, Natal
Died May 25, 1958, Berea, Durban, Natal (aged 74 years 110 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler

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Rolland Beaumont was a South African cricketer from the early years of the 20th Century. He was born at Newcastle, Natal, on 4 February 1884, and died in Berea, Durban on 25 May 1958, aged 74. He attended Hilton College.Beaumont was a hard hitting middle-order batsman, and a good fielder, his first-class career spanned the years 1908 to 1914 and consisted of 32 matches, most of which were for South Africa during their tour of England in the wet summer of 1912. His first match of importance was for Wanderers when the Johannesburg club drew with a Rest of South Africa team containing S.J. Snooke and A.W. Nourse. He also turned out six times for Transvaal and represented South Africa at Test level in five matches against both England and Australia. His natural game would show Beaumont as a free-flowing batsman but too often he let an over-cautious nature restrict his talent. He scored his only first-class century, 121, whilst captaining Transvaal in a two-day match at Johannesburg against P.W. Sherwell’s XI in November 1913. But in all first-class matches he only built six scores of 50 or more. His highest Test score was 31, compiled against the Australians at Old Trafford during the Triangular Series of 1912. No obituary appeared in Wisden for Beaumont after his death.

Test debut Australia v South Africa at Manchester, May 27-28, 1912
Last Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 1-5, 1914
First-class span 1908-1914

Charles Ormerod Cato Pearse (1884-1953) Test Cap No:73

Full name Charles Ormerod Cato Pearse
Born October 10, 1884, Pietermaritzberg, Natal
Died May 7, 1953, Durban, Natal (aged 68 years 209 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Charles Ormerod Cato Pearse, who died at Durban on May 7, aged 68, was a member of the South African touring team in Australia in 1910-11, taking part in three Test matches, and narrowly missed selection for the tour of England in 1912. A stylish batsman and useful change bowler, he played at intervals for Natal from 1905 to 1924.

Test debut Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Dec 9-14, 1910
Last Test Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Mar 3-7, 1911
First-class span 1905-1924