Full name James Manuel Blanckenberg
Born December 31, 1892, Claremont, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died 1955, West Berlin, Germany (aged 62 years)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 13-17, 1913 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 16-19, 1924 scorecard|
|First-class span||1912/13 - 1923/24|
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.
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