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Alan Melville      

Full name Alan Melville

Born May 19, 1910, Carnarvon, Cape Province

Died April 18, 1983, Sabie, Transvaal (aged 72 years 334 days)

Major teams South Africa, Natal, Oxford University, Sussex, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Alan Melville
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 11 19 2 894 189 52.58 4 3 1 8 0
First-class 190 295 15 10598 189 37.85 25 53 156 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 11 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 190 6927 3959 132 5/17 29.99 3.42 52.4 7 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1938 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Jan 1-5, 1949 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1928-1949
Profile

MELVILLE, ALAN, who died in the Kruger National Park on April 18, 1983, aged 72, was arguably the most elegant batsman of his generation. Those who were lucky enough to see it still remember after 50 years his innings of 114 in two and a half hours for Sussex against the West Indians at Hove in 1933. It was the summer after the body-line tour and the fast bowlers, Griffith and Martindale, assailed him with vicious bouncers. They might have been serving up by request something to amuse him and the spectators. They were mercilessly hooked and, if they pitched the ball up, they were driven. Even granted the placid Hove wicket, it was a remarkable display. Years afterwards, meeting him at Lord's at a time when short-pitched fast bowling was being constantly discussed, I asked him if he had ever ducked to it. He smiled sweetly and said, I don't think so. I think either I hit them or they hit me! From what I saw of him I doubt if he was ever hit by anything that rose high enough to be hooked.

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1983

Alan Melville batting

Alan Melville batting

© Wisden Cricket Monthly

1983

Alan Melville

Alan Melville

© Wisden Cricket Monthly

Jun 8, 1947

Alan Melville on his way to a hundred, England v South Africa, Trent Bridge, June 8, 1947

Alan Melville on his way to a hundred

© The Cricketer International

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1948

Country Fixtures Country Results
1st Test: South Africa v West Indies at Centurion - Dec 17-21
South Africa 552/5d West Indies 201 & 76/2 (f/o)
Dolphins v Warriors at Pietermaritzburg - Dec 18-21
Warriors 353 Dolphins 262/8
Cape Cobras v Lions at Cape Town - Dec 18-21
Lions 413 Cape Cobras 214/4
Pool B: Gauteng v KZN-Inland at Johannesburg - Dec 18-20
Gauteng 224 & 5/1 KZN-Inland 184
Cross Pool: Griq West v Boland at Kimberley - Dec 18-20
Griq West 296 & 127/4 Boland 401
Knights v Titans at Bloemfontein - Dec 18-21
Titans 366 & 115/3 Knights 185
Pool A: North West v Northerns at Potchefstroom - Dec 18-20
North West 243 & 201/4 Northerns 250
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