Saturday, December 5

George Murray Fullerton (1922-2002) Test Cap No.165

Full name George Murray Fullerton
Born December 8, 1922, Kensington, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Died November 19, 2002, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Cape Province,
South Africa (aged 79 years 346 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Relation Brother - IR Fullerton

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Fullerton, George Murray, died in Cape Town on November 19, 2002, aged 79. He toured England twice with South Africa, keeping wicket in two Tests in 1947 and playing three as a batsman in 1951, when he hit 1,129 runs at 31.36 in his 20 firstclass games. In between, he kept in the last two Tests against the 1949-50 Australians and made a Test-best 88 at his native Johannesburg to help avoid the follow-on. George Fullerton made his first-class debut in December 1942 for the Rest of South Africa against an Air Force XI at Johannesburg. He was just 20, and there would be three years of naval service before he played for Transvaal, impressing with his alert glovework and making a maiden century before the summer was through.

John Bruce Plimsoll (1917-1999) Test Cap No.164

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Full name John Bruce Plimsoll
Born October 27, 1917, Kalk Bay, Cape Province
Died November 11, 1999, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 82 years 15 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
Other Administrator
Relation Son - JB Plimsoll jnr

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John Bruce Plimsoll, who died in Cape Town on November 11 aged 82, was a tail-end batsman and left-arm medium-fast bowler who played for Western Province and Natal between 1939-40 and 1949-50. He toured England with the 1947 Springboks, taking 68 wickets at an average of 23.32, and played in his sole Test at Old Trafford in which he toiled hard to take three wickets in the first innings for 143. In a first-class career badly interrupted by the war, Plimsoll played 39 matches and took 155 wickets at 23.10.

Dennis Victor Dyer (1914-1990) Test Cap No.163

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Full name Dennis Victor Dyer 163
Born May 2, 1914, Berea, Durban, Natal
Died June 16, 1990, Durban, Natal (aged 76 years 45 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

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Dennis Dyer was a tall, solidly-built opening batsman with exceptional patience but, when the occasion demanded, was able to counter-attack. He made his first-class debut in 1939-40 , scoring a career-best 185 for Natal in their innings win over Western Province. The war meant that he did not play his next first-class game for almost five years. He resumed with two good domestic seasons (in 1946-47 he made 585 runs at 48.75) which won him selection for the 1947 England tour. He made his debut in the third Test at Old Trafford, scoring a defiant three-hour 62, but in the remainder of the series he only managed 34 runs in five innings. His tour was ended when he suffered an appendicitis, and he played only three more matches over the next two seasons.

Test debut England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 5-9, 1947
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 16-20, 1947
First-class span 1939-1949

Vivian Ian Smith (1925-2015) Test Cap No:161

Full name Vivian Ian Smith
Born February 23, 1925, Durban, Natal
Died August 25, 2015, Johannesburg, Gauteng (aged 90 years 183 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak

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Vivian Ian Smith was a South African cricketer who played in nine Tests from 1947 to 1957 and was educated at Hilton College. He was born in Durban, Natal.Smith was a right-arm leg-break bowler and lower-order right-handed batsman. He made his Test debut in England in 1947, playing four Tests in the series. He played three Tests against Australia in South Africa in 1949-50, one Test in England in 1955, and a final Test against Australia in South Africa in 1957-58. On his debut, against England at Nottingham in the First Test in 1947, he took 3 for 46 and 4 for 143.His eight subsequent Tests produced only five wickets. He played for Natal from 1945-46 to 1957-58. His best bowling figures were 9 for 88 (12 for 194 in the match) against Border in 1946-47.

Athol Matthew Burchell Rowan (1921-1998) Test Cap No.160

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Full name Athol Matthew Burchell Rowan
Born February 7, 1921, Kensington, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Died February 22, 1998, Hermanus, Western Cape (aged 77 years 15 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - EAB Rowan, Son-in-law - TW van Beuge, Grandson - BW van Beuge

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Athol Rowan, who died on February 21, 1998, aged 77, was one of South Africa's best off-spinners. He played 15 Tests, all against England, between 1947 and 1951, and made a speciality of dismissing Len Hutton: 11 times in all, including five in a row at the end of the 1948-49 series and the First Test of 1951. Morally, the figure might be 12: he was the bowler at The Oval when Hutton was given out for obstruction after impeding wicket-keeper Russell Endean as he tried to take a simple catch. Hutton rated Rowan almost as high as Laker. Rowan's achievements were the more remarkable since his leg was damaged by a wartime explosion: he was unable to put his full weight on the front foot, often bowled in pain, and sometimes in leg irons. In his way,

Norman Bertram Fleetwood Mann (1920-1952) Test Cap No.159

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Full name Norman Bertram Fleetwood Mann
Born December 28, 1920, Benoni, Transvaal
Died July 31, 1952, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 31 years 216 days)
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

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Norman Bertram Fleetwood Mann, died in a Johannesburg nursing home on July 31, aged 30. The untimely death of this modest and likeable man, known throughout the cricket world as Tufty, was yet another grievous blow to a country which has lost so many fine cricketers in their playing prime. Taken ill soon after the Fourth Test in England in 1951, he underwent an abdominal operation and stayed in England for three months before flying home. He bore his troubles with the steadfastness and patience which characterised him in all things, but another operation became necessary midway through 1952 and he died some six weeks later.

Born at Brakpan, Transvaal, on December 28, 1921, Mann was first educated at Michaelhouse College. He represented Natal Schools at cricket, and at the age of 16, won the Natal Amateur Golf Championship. Subsequently he went to Cambridge. Although bowling well in the Freshmen's match there in 1939 he did not gain a place in any of the University games, but, turning his attention again to golf, he won his Blue. Going back to South Africa, he played for Natal in the 1939-40 season. His first experience of big cricket could have been anything but encouraging, for Mann was a member of the Natal attack against which Transvaal scored 608 runs for six wickets. E. A. Rowan's 306 not out still remains a South African batting record. With two wickets for 106 in 45 overs, Mann did not suffer so much from Rowan's flogging as did his colleagues.

John Dixon Lindsay (1908-1990) Test Cap No.158

Full name John Dixon Lindsay
Born September 8, 1908, Barkly East, Cape Province
Died August 31, 1990, Benoni, Transvaal (aged 81 years 357 days)
Major teams South Africa, North Eastern Transvaal, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Relation Uncle - NV Lindsay, Son - DT Lindsay

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A quietly efficient wicketkeeper, Johnny Lindsay's career was a stop-start affair. He made his first-class debut in 1933 for Transvaal, but didn't play again for them until 1937-38, his only full pre-war domestic season. In 1946-47, aged 38, he played well enough to win selection as first-choice keeper for the 1947 tour to England. In the early part of the trip he kept superbly on damp tracks, but lost his place after the third Test following two heavy defeats. In all he made 27 dismissals in the summer. He played only three more first-class matches before his retirement in 1948-49. His last game was for North Eastern Transvaal against the touring MCC in the match in which Denis Compton made 300 in 181 minutes out of a total of 484 for 4 - Lindsay did not concede a bye.

Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-11, 1947
Last Test England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 5-9, 1947
First-class span 1933-1949

Terence Anthony Harris (1916-1993) Test Cap No:157

Full name Terence Anthony Harris
Born August 27, 1916, Kimberley, Cape Province
Died March 7, 1993, Pittenberg Bay, Cape Province (aged 76 years 192 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat

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Terence Anthony Harris (27 August 1916 in Kimberley, South Africa – 7 March 1993 in Plettenberg Bay, Cape Province) was a South African cricketer who played in 3 Tests from 1947 to 1949. He also represented South Africa in five Rugby Union Tests during the 1930s.

Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-11, 1947
Last Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Feb 12-16, 1949
First-class span 1933-1949

Oswald Charles Dawson (1919-2008) Test Cap No:156

Full name Oswald Charles Dawson
Born September 1, 1919, Rossburgh, Durban, Natal
Died December 22, 2008, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal (aged 89 years 112 days)
Major teams South Africa, Border, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Ossie Dawson was a right-hand bat and an effective medium-pace bowler who toured England in 1947, scoring 1002 runs at 32.32 and taking 54 wickets at 26.07. An athletic man, he opened the bowling in four of the Testsbut lacked the pace to trouble top-order batsmen, whereas he did not possess enough patience to play a long innings. He later appeared in the home series against England in 1948-49 but was not able to reproduce the good form he showed in provincial cricket. He passed away, aged 89, at his home in Umhlang

Oswald Charles Dawson MC played in 9 Tests from 1947 to 1949. He was a medium pace bowler and a useful late middle order batsman who was an important player for Natal in the 1940s and Border in the 1950s.Before he came to prominence on the cricket field, he had a distinguished record in World War II. He served with the Royal Durban Light Infantry at the Battle of El Alamein and later won a Military Cross in Italy.

Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-11, 1947
Last Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Mar 5-9, 1949
First-class span 1938-1962

Ronald Eustace Grieveson (1909-1998) Test Cap No:155

Full name Ronald Eustace Grieveson
Born August 24, 1909, Johannesburg, RSA
Died July 24, 1998, Waverley, Johannesburg, RSA (aged 88 years 334 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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Ronald Eustace "Ronnie" Grieveson OBE was a South African cricketer who played in two Tests in 1938-39.He was born and died in Johannesburg, South Africa.As a cricketer, Grieveson was a right-handed middle-order batsman and a wicketkeeper, though he did not always keep wicket for Transvaal, which had the services of Test wicketkeeper Jock Cameron until his death in 1935. Grieveson made his first-class cricket debut in 1929-30 and played for Transvaal intermittently over the next dozen seasons. He hit just one century: an unbeaten 107 against Griqualand West in 1933-34.

Walter Wareham Wade (1914-2003) Test Cap No:154

Full name Walter Wareham Wade
Born June 18, 1914, Durban, Natal
Died May 31, 2003, Durban, Natal (aged 88 years 347 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Other Umpire

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The South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Billy Wade, who made 11 appearances either side of World War II, died in Durban aged 88. Wade played three Tests in the home series against England in 1938-39 and scored his only Test century at Port Elizabeth in the 1948-49 series against England.After retiring from first-class cricket Wade became an umpire, standing in one Test at Newlands in 1969-70. Wade, whose brother Herby captained South Africa to their first Test & series wins in England in 1935, scored 511 Test runs at 28.

Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1938
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Durban, Jan 20-24, 1950
First-class span 1935-1950
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Only Test South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Jan 22-27, 1970

Pieter Gerhard Vintcent Van Der Bijl (1907-1973) Test Cap No:153

Pieter van der Bijl flicks the ball to long leg,
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Full name Pieter Gerhard Vintcent van der Bijl
Born October 21, 1907, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died February 16, 1973, Kalk Bay, Cape Province (aged 65 years 118 days)
Major teams South Africa, Oxford University, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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A attacking shot from Pieter van der Bijl
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Pieter van der Bijl was a cricketer who surprised his friends, and undoubtedly himself, by playing with distinction for his country after a modest University career. He was a very large man who, coming from Diocesan College, Rondebosch, to Brasenose College fast made his mark as a heavyweight boxer. In his last year, 1932, he played for Oxford at Lord's in a match that gave early echoes of the uproar caused by the fast short bowling that was being practised at times by Notts under the leadership of A. W. Carr. The slow-footed van der Bijl was an easy target for Kenneth Fames, and the echoes indeed at this distance of time seem literal ones as one recalls the deep noises, something between a grunt and a groan, which issued as he was hit painfully on the body. But though ponderous in style he lacked nothing in courage and application, and following consistent form for Western Province in the Currie Cup he was chosen for South Africa against England in the first Test of the 1938-39 series. Alan Melville, who had given him a Blue, was leading South Africa, and also playing in his first Test. Both distinguished themselves, especially in the `Timeless Test' at Durban, wherein van der Bijl made 125 and 97: with his old friend Melville he put on 131 for the fast wicket in the first innings, and with Bruce Mitchell 191 in the second. He scored 460 runs in the rubber, with an average of 51. The war marked the end of Pieter's cricket for he was badly wounded. Thereafter he devoted himself to teaching, being headmaster of the preparatory school of the famous 'Bishop's'. For a while he was a Test selector. Many a sporting visitor to the Cape will remember his warm hospitality and the deepest of laughs.

Alan Melville (1910-1983) Test Cap No:152

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Full name Alan Melville
Born May 19, 1910, Carnarvon, Cape Province
Died April 18, 1983, Sabie, Transvaal (aged 72 years 334 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Oxford University, Sussex, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat

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Alan Melville on his way to a hundred,
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Alan Melville, who died in the Kruger National Park on April 18, 1983, aged 72, was arguably the most elegant batsman of his generation. Those who were lucky enough to see it still remember after 50 years his innings of 114 in two and a half hours for Sussex against the West Indians at Hove in 1933. It was the summer after the body-line tour and the fast bowlers, Griffith and Martindale, assailed him with vicious bouncers. They might have been serving up by request something to amuse him and the spectators. They were mercilessly hooked and, if they pitched the ball up, they were driven. Even granted the placid Hove wicket, it was a remarkable display. Years afterwards, meeting him at Lord's at a time when short-pitched fast bowling was being constantly discussed, I asked him if he had ever ducked to it. He smiled sweetly and said, I don't think so. I think either I hit them or they hit me! From what I saw of him I doubt if he was ever hit by anything that rose high enough to be hooked.

Standing six feet two inches and slightly built, he was a wonderful timer of the ball; his methods were a model for the young cricketer and reduced every risk to a minimum. The drive, the hook and the cut all seemed to come equally easily to him and he was, besides, a good player off his legs. Moreover he was a fine field anywhere and in his younger days a serviceable change bowler, first with leg-breaks and later with off-breaks and swingers.Picked for Natal at seventeen, while still a boy at Michaelhouse, he scored a century next season in a trial to select the 1929 side to England and his father was asked whether he would allow him to go. But he was anxious to follow his elder brother, Colin (also a stylish batsman who had a trial for the University), to Trinity, Oxford, and it was thought wiser to refuse.

Norman Gordon (1911- 2014) Test Cap No.151

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Full name Norman Gordon
Born August 6, 1911, Boksburg, Transvaal
Died September 2, 2014, Hillbrow, Johannesburg (aged 103 years 27 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Also known as Mobil
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

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Norman Gordon, the lone survivor from the final timeless Test, has become the first Test cricketer to have lived 100 years. Gordon, a South Africa pace bowler, was renowned for his fitness and athleticism during his playing days. He bowled 92.2 eight-ball overs during that timeless Test. He could play only five Tests because his career coincided with World War II. He lives in Johannesburg.

The reception around his 100th birthday has been emotional, according to his son Brian. Exhausted, Gordon was not available to talk. "The reception they had for him at his school was overwhelming," Brian said. "That brought him to tears."

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Jeppe High School for Boys, the school that Gordon went to, felicitated him a day before his 100th birthday. "He has been pretty pleased, and a bit nervous," Brian said. "The reception they gave him at the school today was unbelievable. Marching bands were there, and three of the previous headmasters were there. Ali [Bacher] was there. And the choir, and the whole assembly, all the boys at the school assembly. And they named a board at the school after him."

The final few months of the 100th year have not been easy. "[His health is] not bad, but he had a fall in April," Brian said. "He broke his arm and he really battled, and he has aged about three years in the last four months. Otherwise he is okay. He has just slowed down a lot. Yeah. Just very, very tired."

That hasn't stopped Gordon from going to his favourite Hutton Golf Course "almost every day". "I bring him here almost every afternoon. If he has nothing else to do, we come and sit at the golf course." Norman stopped playing golf three years ago, but he loves to spend his time there. Before the fall in April, he used to go there everyday.

Former South African cricketers greet Norman Gordon on his 100th,
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The birthday itself is hectic too. "He is coming to the golf course because we are having a benefit golf day for him," Brian said. "Then in the evening we are going to the Wanderers. Ali Bacher and South Africa Breweries have organised a party for him at the Long Room in the evening."Norman Gordon was unfortunate in that he broke into the South African side just before the war, and was too old by the time it ended. A right-arm quick, he made his debut for Transvaal in 1933-34 but took some time to find his feet as at that time the transition was being made from matting to turf wickets and he struggled to adapt. He played in all five Tests against England in 1938-39, bowling tirelessly in a series during which bat dominated ball. He conceded 100 runs in four innings, but was the leading wicket-taker on either side (20). At Durban, in the Timeless Test, he sent down 92.2 eight-ball overs (taking 1 for 256), and would almost certainly have toured England in 1940 where the conditions would have suited him. He was known as "Mobil", because he used to slick down his unruly hair with handfuls of Vaseline.
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first Test cricketer,to have lived 100 years,
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Norman Gordon played in five Tests in the 1938–39 South African cricket season. He was born in Boksburg, Transvaal. He is the oldest living Test cricketer, and the first to reach 100 years. Gordon became the oldest-ever Test Cricketer on 23 March 2011, when he surpassed New Zealander Eric Tindill, who died on 1 August 2010, approximately four months before his 100th birthday.Gordon played first-class cricket for Transvaal from 1933–34 as a right-handed fast bowler and a tail-end right-handed batsman.He made his Test debut against England in December 1938, playing every Test of the five-match series. In the first Test, he took his best Test match figures of 7–162, including 5–103 in the first innings.He was stumped by Les Ames off the bowling of Tom Goddard for a first-ball duck in the drawn match. In the second match he took 5–157 in England's only innings, but was again stumped by Ames off the bowling of Goddard for 0 in another drawn match.

In the third match, Gordon took 2–127 in England's only innings and was out for 1 and 0, falling to Ken Farnes and Hedley Verity as England won by an innings and 13 runs. In the fourth match, he took 2–47 and 3–58 but did not bat in the drawn Test. In the final Test Gordon took match figures of 1–256 and was not out in each innings, scoring 0 and 7. This match was the famous Timeless Test, which took 10 days and was eventually drawn by agreement. This was Gordon's final Test match. He is the only survivor of the Timeless Test, and the last living person to have played Test cricket before World War II.He turned 100 in August 2011 and lives in Central Johannesburg.

Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1938
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Mar 3-14, 1939
First-class span 1933-1949

Gerald Edward Bond (1909-1965) Test Cap No:150

Full name Gerald Edward Bond
Born April 5, 1909, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died August 27, 1965, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 56 years 144 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Gerald Edward Bond (5 April 1909 – 27 August 1965) was a South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1938.He was born and died at Cape Town.Bond was a right-handed middle- or upper-order batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. He played irregularly for Western Province from 1929-30. His best season was 1936-37 when he scored his only first-class century, a score of 170 for Western Province against Natal which was insufficient to prevent his side losing the match by an innings.In the following game, opening the Western Province bowling against Border, he took four wickets for 17 runs with his medium-pace, the best bowling performance of his career.

Bond's Test career was fleeting. He took two wickets (including Walter Hammond) in Western Province's match against the England team in 1938-39 and scored 13 in each innings.He was then picked for the first Test of a five-match series. When England batted, he was the sixth bowler used and was given only two overs, in which he failed to take a wicket and conceded 16 runs; in the South African innings, the unsuccessful promotion of a nightwatchman meant that he batted at No 9 instead of No 3 or No 4 as he generally did for Western Province, and he was dismissed first ball, one of three first-ball dismissals in the innings.He was not selected for South Africa again and in fact did not play any further first-class cricket either.

Only Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1938
First-class span 1929-1939

Robert Lyon Harvey (1911-2000) Test Cap No:149

Full name Robert Lyon Harvey
Born September 14, 1911, Swinboume, Orange Free State
Died July 20, 2000, Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal (aged 88 years 310 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Robert Lyon Harvey MBE (14 September 1911 in Swinboume, Orange Free State – 20 July 2000 in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal) was a South African cricketer who played in 2 Tests in 1935-36.Harvey was a right-handed middle-order batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. He played first-class cricket for Natal in two matches in 1933-34 without success.But when he was picked again two years later for Natal in the match against the 1935-36 Australians, he scored 16 and 104.Although eventually bowled by Clarrie Grimmett, he resisted for three and three-quarters hours, and "alternated periods of hard hitting with rigid defence". After Grimmett (and Bill O'Reilly) had led Australia to two Test victories in the first three matches of a five-game series, with no South African batsman apart from Dudley Nourse making more than 66 runs in any one innings, Harvey was picked for the fourth Test. He had limited success, scoring 5 and 17 as the South Africans suffered their worst defeat of the series, though he did hit one six off Grimmett.

Eric Quail Davies (1909-1976) Test Cap No:148

Full name Eric Quail Davies
Born August 26, 1909, King William's Town, Cape Province
Died November 11, 1976, Port Alfred, Cape Province (aged 67 years 77 days)
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, North Eastern Transvaal, Transvaal
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

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Eric Quail Davies (26 August 1909 – 11 November 1976) was a South African cricketer who played in five Tests from 1936 to 1939.He was born in King William's Town and died in Port Alfred, both in Cape Province.Davies was a left-handed tail-end batsman and a right-arm fast bowler with a short first-class cricket career spread over many seasons. He first appeared for Eastern Province in three matches in the 1929–30 season and took four wickets for 36 against Rhodesia in the third of these.He then played just one match in 1930–31 and a further single game in 1934–35, with little success in either.

Arthur Wellesley Briscoe (1911-1941) Test Cap No:147

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Full name Arthur Wellesley Briscoe
Born February 6, 1911, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Died April 22, 1941, near Dessie, Ethiopia (aged 30 years 75 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat

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Captain Arthur Wellesley "Dooley" Briscoe MC (6 February 1911 – 22 April 1941 was a South African cricketer who played in two Tests, one in 1935-36 and the other in 1938-39.Briscoe was born at Johannesburg, Transvaal, and was educated at King Edward VII School. A batsman, he played domestic first-class cricket for Transvaal from 1931-32 to 1939-40, scoring six centuries.

Ernest George Bock (1908-1961) Test Cap No:146

Full name Ernest George Bock
Born September 17, 1908, Kimberley, Cape Province
Died September 5, 1961, Springs, Transvaal (aged 52 years 353 days)
Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

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Ernest George Bock (17 September 1908 – 5 September 1961) was a South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1935.Bock was born in Kimberley, South Africa. He was a lower-order right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler who played only two full seasons of first-class cricket in South Africa, one for Griqualand West and one for Transvaal. Only a couple of times did he achieve distinction: for Griqualand West against Rhodesia in 1931-32, batting at No 9, he scored 78; in 1934-35, in the final match of the season for Transvaal against Orange Free State he took five wickets for eight runs as the Free State side were bowled out for 70.After that bowling performance, he only appeared in three further first-class games. The first of those was the second Test against Australia at Johannesburg in 1935-36, when he batted at No 11 in both innings and failed to take a wicket. That was his only match that season and he then disappeared from cricket for four years until two final matches for North Eastern Transvaal in 1939-40. He died in Springs, Gauteng.

Only Test South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1935
First-class span 1928-1940

John Benjamin Robertson (1906-1985) Test Cap No:145

Full name John Benjamin Robertson
Born June 5, 1906, Wynberg, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died July 5, 1985, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 79 years 30 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow

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John Benjamin "Jack" Robertson (born 5 June 1906 in Wynberg, Cape Town, Cape Province, died 5 July 1985 in Cape Town) was a South African cricketer who played in three Tests in 1935-36.Robertson was a lower-order right-handed batsman and a right-arm bowler who could bowl either medium-pace or off-breaks. He played first-class cricket for Western Province from 1931-32 to 1936-37 and had occasional bowling success, including taking six Griqualand West first-innings wickets for 22 runs in 1933-34.He was not, however, picked for the 1935 South African tour to England. The following winter, however, the Australians toured South Africa and, playing for Western Province in one of the warm-up matches before the Test series, Robertson took eight Australian wickets for 96 runs in the touring team's only innings of the game.They were the best bowling figures of his career and they propelled him into the South African team for the first Test.

Frank Nicholson (1909-1982) Test Cap No:144

Full name Frank Nicholson
Born September 17, 1909, Millom, Cumberland, England
Died July 30, 1982, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (aged 72 years 316 days)
Major teams South Africa, Orange Free State
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

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Frank "Nipper" Nicholson (born 17 September 1909 in Millom, Cumberland, England, and died 30 July 1982 in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province) was a South African cricketer who played in four Tests in 1935-36.

Nicholson was a right-hand batsman and wicket-keeper who was a mainstay of the often-weak Griqualand West cricket team for 20 years from 1927, sometimes acting as captain and often opening the batting. It was as an opener that he scored his first century, an innings of 131 against Western Province in the 1929-30 season; with a double century from Ken Viljoen and 101 from Xen Balaskas, Griqualand West totalled 603, which remains the team's highest first-class total.He improved on that innings with a score of 148 in 1933-34 against Orange Free State.Then a year later against the same opposition, he was opening batsman, wicketkeeper and captain and he scored 185, which remained his highest first-class score.He was not, however, selected for any representative sides and not was he picked for the 1935 tour of England.

In the South African season of 1935-36, though, Nicholson was drafted into the South African Test team for the series against Australia after the shock death of Jock Cameron, who had been such a success on the tour to England and the decision by Robert Williams, Cameron's deputy on the England tour, to remain in the UK. In a one-sided series which Australia won 4-0, with one match drawn, Nicholson took only three catches in the first four matches, and, after making 0 in both innings of the fourth Test, was dropped for the fifth match in favour of Edward van der Merwe. He batted low in the order and made just 76 runs in eight innings, one of them not out.

Nicholson returned to Griqualand West and played regularly for a further two seasons, and then irregularly through to 1946-47

Test debut South Africa v Australia at Durban, Dec 14-18, 1935
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 15-17, 1936
First-class span 1927-1947

Herbert Frederick Wade (1905-1980) Test Cap No:143

Captain H F Wade (1905 - 1980) captain of the South African cricket team takes a cine snap of the team on board the 'Armadale Castle' when it arrived at Southampton. They are to tour the counties and play five Test matches.
Full name Herbert Frederick Wade
Born September 14, 1905, Durban, Natal
Died November 23, 1980, Inanda, Sandton, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 75 years 70 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat

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Herby Wade, who led South Africa in all his 10 Tests within nine months in 1935-36, died in Johannesburg on November 23 after a long illness. He was 75. Having captained the Hilton College XI, where H. B. 'Jock' Cameron was a fellow-student, he spent a few years in England, where he played cricket in the Yorkshire League and captained the county at rugby. His experience on English turf and his inborn leadership qualities made him an ideal choice as South Africa's captain for the 1935 tour of England, leaving the talented Cameron to concentrate on his batting and wicketkeeping. It was Cameron's virile 90 in the Lord's Test which helped South Africa to their first-ever victory in England, and his stout resistance with Wade at Leeds in the next Test which ensured a draw and eventual series triumph.

Denis Stanley Tomlinson (1910-1993) Test Cap No:142

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Full name Denis Stanley Tomlinson
Born September 4, 1910, Umtali (now Mutare), Rhodesia
Died July 11, 1993, Durban, Natal (aged 82 years 310 days)
Major teams Rhodesia, South Africa, Border
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly

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One of four surviving members of the victorious 1935 South African touring team in England, Denis Stanley Tomlinson died in Durban on July 11, aged 82. He had suffered two recent strokes and failing eyesight.Tomlinson was capped by Rhodesia at 17, in early 1928, as a batsman and legspin bowler, and also by SA Schools against the touring MCC team at Grahamstown, where he captured the prize wicket of Percy Holmes, the leading runmaker on the tour. Among Tomlinson's team-mates were 'Tuppy' Owen-Smith and Ken Viljoen.

The 1997 Glamorgan squad. Back row (l to r): Alun Evans, Steve Tomlinson, Andrew Davies, Simon Jones, Owen Parkin, Mike Powell, Wayne Law. Middle row (l to r): Byron Denning (1st XI scorer), John Derrick (2nd XI coach), Duncan Fletcher (1st XI coach), Darren Thomas, Adrian Shaw, Gary Butcher, Alan Jones (Director of Coaching), Gordon Lewis (2nd XI scorer). Front Row : Steve James, Robert Croft, Hugh Morris, Tony Cottey, Matthew Maynard, Steve Watkin, Colin Metson, Adrian Dale.© Glamorgan County Cricket Club