Xen Balaskas      

Full name Xenophon Constantine Balaskas

Born October 15, 1910, Kimberley, Cape Province

Died May 12, 1994, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 83 years 209 days)

Major teams South Africa, Border, Griqualand West, North Eastern Transvaal, Transvaal, Western Province

Also known as Bally

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Xenophon Constantine Balaskas
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 9 13 1 174 122* 14.50 1 0 0 5 0
First-class 75 107 13 2696 206 28.68 6 12 47 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 9 11 1572 806 22 5/49 9/103 36.63 3.07 71.4 3 1 0
First-class 75 12563 6656 276 8/60 24.11 3.17 45.5 20 9
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1930 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Dec 31, 1938 - Jan 4, 1939 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1926-1947
Profile

Wisden obituary
Bally Balaskas was the legspinner who bowled South Africa to their first victory in England, at Lord's in 1935. It was his only Test of the tour and the only one that produced a result. The pitch, ravaged by leather-jackets, turned from an early stage; Bruce Mitchell and Jock Cameron batted far better than anyone on the England team and Balaskas, bowling tirelessly and with great accuracy from the Pavilion End, had figures of 32-8-49-5 in England's first innings and 27-8-54-4 in the second. Balaskas was not merely one of the most improbably-named of all Test players, he had one of the most improbable backgrounds. His parents were Greek migrants who owned the first restaurant in the diamond town of Kimberley. Pre-war South African cricketers usually came from a narrow, English social background but De Beers, the diamond company that controlled Kimberley, always ensured the two local high schools had big-name coaches and Charlie Hallows taught Balaskas. He played first-class cricket for Griqualand West when he was 15, and in 1929-30 was both leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in the Currie Cup, with 644 -- including 206 against Rhodesia -- and 39.

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1994

Xen Balaskas

Xen Balaskas

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1981

Xenophon Balaskas makes a point, 1981

Xenophon Balaskas makes a point

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1930

Xenophon Balaskas in action

Xenophon Balaskas in action

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