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Basil D'Oliveira      

Full name Basil Lewis D'Oliveira

Born October 4, 1931, Signal Hill, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa

Died November 19, 2011, England (aged 80 years 46 days)

Major teams England, Worcestershire

Nickname Dolly, Bas

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Coach

Relation Brother - I D'Oliveira, Son - DB D'Oliveira, Grandson - MD D'Oliveira, Grandson - DJ D'Oliveira, Grandson - BL D'Oliveira

Basil Lewis D'Oliveira
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 44 70 8 2484 158 40.06 5 15 14 29 0
ODIs 4 4 1 30 17 10.00 43 69.76 0 0 3 0 1 0
First-class 367 575 91 19490 227 40.26 45 101 215 0
List A 187 171 20 3770 102 24.96 2 19 44 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 44 66 5706 1859 47 3/46 5/62 39.55 1.95 121.4 0 0 0
ODIs 4 4 204 140 3 1/19 1/19 46.66 4.11 68.0 0 0 0
First-class 367 41079 15126 551 6/29 27.45 2.20 74.5 17 2
List A 187 7892 4478 190 5/26 5/26 23.56 3.40 41.5 6 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 16-21, 1966 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 10-16, 1972 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 28, 1972 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1964-1980
List A span 1965-1979
Profile

One of broadcaster-writer John Arlott's most worthy deeds was saving Basil D'Oliveira from half-life as a Cape Colored in South Africa by persuading Middleton, the Central Lancashire League club, to take him on as their professional in 1960. This led to Worcestershire (in 1964) and England (in 1966) acquiring a readymade allrounder of formidable physical and mental strength, which was never better illustrated than when England were in trouble. Arlott's initiative was the making of D'Oliveira, and a source of joy to all who loathed apartheid. When you watched "Dolly" flaying the opposition's bowlers with meaty back-foot clumps, or frustrating their batsmen with outward-drifting medium-pace of cloying accuracy (his economy rate in Tests was 1.95 runs per over) there was one sharp regret ... if only he'd been spotted at 19 rather than 29. Then D'Oliveira would have put the runs and wickets in the book that would have shown future generations what he unmistakably was - one of cricket's greats.
John Thicknesse

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May 18, 2006

Basil D'Oliveira by Peter Oborne

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May 1, 1972

Basil D'Oliveira, May 1, 1972

Basil D'Oliveira

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Jul 17, 1970

Basil D'Oliveira is caught and bowled by Clive Lloyd for 110, England v Rest of the World, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day, July 17, 1970

Basil D'Oliveira is caught and bowled by Clive Lloyd for 110

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1967

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1967

Awarded the OBE in June 1969

Awarded the CBE on 11th June 2005

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