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Tommy Ward      

Full name Thomas Alfred Ward

Born August 2, 1887, Rawalpindi, Punjab, India

Died February 16, 1936, East Springs Gold Mine, Transvaal (aged 48 years 198 days)

Major teams South Africa, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 23 42 9 459 64 13.90 0 2 0 19 13
First-class 92 137 31 1635 75 15.42 0 6 107 68
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 23 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 92 12 11 0 - - - 5.50 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v South Africa at Manchester, May 27-28, 1912 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 16-19, 1924 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1909-1926
Profile

Thomas Alfred Ward, the South African wicketkeeper, was accidentally electrocuted when working at the West Springs Gold Mine on February 16. He came to England in 1912 and 1924 and, if not so brilliant as Halliwell and Sherwell who preceded him, or Cameron, he maintained a high standard of excellence. During that period he kept wicket in 23 Test matches, the first being at Old Trafford against Australia in the triangular tournament, and was thoroughly reliable. A dogged batsman with strong defence, he scored in Test cricket 459 runs with an average of 13.90. Going in first, he made 64 at Johannesburg in February 1923, against the England side captained by F. T. Mann, and in 1924 at Old Trafford he again opened the innings well by scoring 50. When the Australian Imperial Forces team visited South Africa on the way home in 1919 Ward scored 62 not out at Johannesburg in the first of two representative games. He was in the Transvaal eleven from 1909 to 1927, and in all first class matches scored 1,651 runs with an average of 15.43.
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