Jack Fingleton      

Full name John Henry Webb Fingleton

Born April 28, 1908, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales

Died November 22, 1981, St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 73 years 208 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

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John Henry Webb Fingleton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 18 29 1 1189 136 42.46 5 3 1 13 0
First-class 108 166 13 6816 167 44.54 22 31 81 4
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 18 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 108 91 54 2 1/6 27.00 3.56 45.5 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Feb 12-15, 1932 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 20-24, 1938 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1928/29 - 1939/40

Wisden obituary
John Henry Webb Fingleton (Jack) died on November 22, 1981 at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He was 73. Born at Waverley in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, Fingleton was educated firstly by the Christian Brothers at St Francis's School, Paddington, and then at Waverley College. Leaving school at the age of fifteen, he embarked on a career as a journalist which commenced with a cadetship at the Sydney Daily Guardian. Later, he was to move to the Telegraph Pictorial where he worked for several years prior to the Second War. At the outbreak of war, he joined the Army before being seconded to the former Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, as Press Secretary. From this time onwards, he lived and worked in Canberra. Fingleton achieved no particular distinction on the cricket field while at school, but, on joining Waverley, he quickly graduated to the first eleven of a club which included Kippax, Carter, Hendry and Mailey within its ranks. A right-hand opening batsman, Fingleton was noted more for his stubborn defence than for his aggression. The one epithet unfailingly used to describe his batting was courageous. He was also an outstandingly gifted fieldsman, whose reputation was made in the covers but who was later to win fame with Vic Richardson, and sometimes with W. A. Brown, in South Africa in 1935-36 as part of the O'Reilly leg-trap. Neville Cardus, for whom Jack had the greatest regard, once described the Fingleton-Brown combination as crouching low and acquisitively, each with as many arms as an Indian God.

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May 23, 1938

Jack Fingleton plays a round of golf at the West Kent Golf Club, Bickley, May 23, 1938

Jack Fingleton plays a round of golf

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Dec 9, 1936

Jack Fingleton portrait, December 9, 1936

Jack Fingleton portrait

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