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Full name Vernon Seymour Ransford
Born March 20, 1885, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria
Died March 19, 1958, Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 72 years 364 days)
Major teams Australia, Victoria
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 13-19, 1907 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 23-Mar 1, 1912 scorecard|
Vernon Seymour Ransford, who died at Melbourne on March 19, the day before his 73rd birthday, was an attractive left-handed batsman and fine deep fieldsman for Australia and Victoria. He first appeared for his State in 1903-4 and between then and 1925-6 he scored 4,350 runs for them, including twelve centuries, average 37.24. Against New South Wales at Sydney in 1908-9 he hit a century in each innings, 182 and 110, and almost made three in successive innings against the same opponents, for he put together 94 in the first meeting at Melbourne.
He took part in 20 Test matches for Australia, 15 of them in his own country and five when touring England with M. A. Noble's team, scoring 1,211 runs. In England he overcame strange conditions so successfully that he hit 143 not out in the Test match at Lord's and headed the Australian Test figures with an average of 58.83. In all matches that season, 1909, he registered 1,783 runs, average 43.48, and his six three-figure innings included the highest of his career -- 190 against MCC at Lord's. From 1939 to 1957 he held the post of secretary to the Melbourne CC.
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