Monday, May 18

Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands (1888-1918) Test Cap No:93

Full name Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands
Born July 26, 1888, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died April 20, 1918, France (aged 29 years 268 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat

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Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands (26 July 1888 – 20 April 1918) was born in Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa and died in France as a result of injuries sustained on the Western Front during the first Great War, aged just 29. He was a South African cricketer who played in one Test match in February 1914. Not surprisingly given the period, his entire first-class cricket career lasted just 15 months in which time he played a few matches for Western Province in the Currie Cup (1912–13) and against the visiting M.C.C. led by J.W.H.T. Douglas (1913–14). During that English tour, Hands made his only Test appearance in the fifth match of the series, played at Port Elizabeth. A useful right-handed batsman, he scored 0 and 7 in a match won convincingly by the visitors by 10 wickets. He was dismissed stumped in both innings.No mention of his representative appearance was made in his Wisden obituary, nor that his brother, P.A.M. Hands, also played in that same Test. Reginald Hands was a talented rugby forward and played two international matches for England in 1910 against France and Scotland. He (along with his two brothers, incidentally) had previously won his rugby Blue at Oxford University. A lawyer called to the Bar in 1911, he was awarded the 1914–15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his military service.

Captain Reginald Hands, the oldest of three cricket-playing brothers, made only one Test appearance (alongside his brother, Phillip) against England at Port Elizabeth in 1913-14. Like his brothers, he won a rugby Blue at Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar and in 1909-10 was picked to play for the South v The Rest. In 1910-11 after two more trail games he played for England against France and Scotland. He was killed on the western front in 1918 while serving with the South African Artillery.

Only Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 27-Mar 3, 1914
First-class span 1912-1914

Daniel Taylor (1887-1957) Test Cap No:92

Full name Daniel Taylor
Born January 9, 1887, Durban, Natal
Died January 24, 1957, Durban, Natal (aged 70 years 15 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler

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Daniel Taylor (9 January 1887 in Durban, Natal – 24 January 1957 in Durban, Natal) was a South African cricketer who played in two Tests in 1914.A left-handed middle-order batsman, Dan Taylor was the older brother of the South African Test captain Herbie Taylor and played in two Test matches under his brother during the 1913-14 MCC tour, scoring 36 in each innings of his first game, but failing in the other match.

Taylor had a very spasmodic first-class cricket career, appearing in only 11 matches all told over a 12-year period, and playing regularly for Natal only in 1912-13 and just once the following season. He passed 50 only once in his career.The older brother of Herbie, Dan Taylor played twice for South Africa in the season before the Great War, in the fourth and fifth Tests at home to England (both under his brother's captaincy). On his debut at Durban he made 36 in both innings as SF Barnes took 14 wickets in England's five-wicket win; in the final Test at Port Elizabeth he made 13 and 1. In all he played only 11 first-class matches.

Test debut South Africa v England at Durban, Feb 14-18, 1914
Last Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 27-Mar 3, 1914
First-class span 1907-1920

Frederick Louis le Roux (1882-1963) Test Cap No:91

Full name Frederick Louis le Roux
Born February 5, 1882, Durban, Natal
Died September 22, 1963, Durban, Natal (aged 81 years 229 days)
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Frederick Louis le Roux (5 February 1882 in Somerset East, Cape Colony – 22 September 1963 in Durban, Natal) was a South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1914.

Only Test South Africa v England at Durban, Feb 14-18, 1914
First-class span 1908-1929

Horace William Chapman (1890-1941) Test Cap No:90

Full name Horace William Chapman
Born June 30, 1890, Durban, Natal
Died December 1, 1941, Morningside, Durban, Natal (aged 51 years 154 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly

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Horace William Chapman, died at Durban on December 1, 1941, aged 51. A useful batsman and googly bowler for Natal Currie Cup teams between 1911 and 1922, he twice represented South Africa in Test matches against England at Durban in February 1914, and against Australia at Durban in 1921.

Test debut South Africa v England at Durban, Feb 14-18, 1914
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Durban, Nov 5-9, 1921
First-class span 1910-1922

Lindsay Richard Tuckett (1885-1963) Test Cap No:89

Full name Lindsay Richard Tuckett
Born April 19, 1885, Durban, Natal
Died April 8, 1963, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (aged 77 years 354 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Orange Free State
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

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Lindsay Richard Tuckett, who died in June, aged 78, played for South Africa against England in one Test match in 1914. Though best known as a bowler, he helped to establish a world batting record in 1925-26 when, playing for Orange Free State, he shared in a three-figure stand for the last wicket in each innings against Western Province. In the first innings he and L. G. Fuller put on 115 and in the second F. Caulfield helped him add 129. Known as Len, he was the father of Lindsay who played nine times against England in the Tests of 1947-48 and became President of the Orange Free State Cricket Union and Test Selector.

Only Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 1-5, 1914
First-class span 1909-1930

Cecil Donovan Dixon (1891-1969) Taest Cap No:88

Full name Cecil Donovan Dixon
Born February 12, 1891, Potchefstroom, Transvaal
Died September 9, 1969, Illovo, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 78 years 209 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Cec Dixon was an offspinner who bowled at almost medium pace whose career spanned the Great War. He was a surprise call-up for the third Test against England in 1913-14 (only his fourth first-class match) as in his previous two appearnaces that season he had taken 4 for 147, including 2 for 92 against the tourists ten days earlier. Dixon made a pair and, opening the bowling, took 2 for 62 (dismissing Jack Hobbs and Jack Hearne) as South Africa lost by an innings. After the war he toured England with South Africa in 1924, taking 32 wickets at 26.71 without coming close to making the Test side. He retired at the end of that tour.

Only Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 1-5, 1914
First-class span 1912-1925