Full name Gordon Erle Tamblyn
Born April 23, 1918, Wallaroo Mines, South Australia
Died December 31, 2001, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 83 years 252 days)
Major teams Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
|First-class span||1938/39 - 1946/47|
Tamblyn, Gordon, died in Melbourne on December 31, 2001, aged 83. His debut for Victoria was the match in 1938-39 that attracted a second-day crowd of 17,777, a Shield record for the Adelaide Oval, hoping to see Don Bradman hit a record seventh consecutive hundred. They went home disappointed (Bradman made 5), though no more than the 20-year-old Tamblyn, lbw the previous day for a duck. He put this right next game with a hundred at Perth, where he also kept wicket in Ben Barnett's absence, and in 1939-40 he was Victoria's regular opener until he gashed his knee on a boundary fence. After the war Tamblyn picked up more or less where he had left off with a century against Queensland, finishing two short of his career-best 136 at the Gabba in January 1941, and there were nineties as well against Australian Services and South Australia. However, he played only three games in 1946-47, including MCC's visit, to wrap up a 21-game career for Victoria in which he scored 1,324 runs at 40.12 with four centuries. His son Geoff played once for Victoria, against MCC in 1974-75, and went on to become chairman of the Victorian Cricket Association and finance director of the Australian Cricket Board.
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