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Oscar Da Costa      

Full name Oscar Constantine Da Costa

Born September 11, 1907, Kingston, Jamaica

Died October 1, 1936, Kingston, Jamaica (aged 29 years 20 days)

Major teams West Indies, Jamaica

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 9 1 153 39 19.12 0 0 0 5 0
First-class 39 64 11 1563 105* 29.49 1 9 30 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 7 372 175 3 1/14 2/95 58.33 2.82 124.0 0 0 0
First-class 39 4128 1766 44 4/31 40.13 2.56 93.8 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Kingston, Apr 3-12, 1930 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Jan 24-28, 1935 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1928-1935
Profile

Oscar Da Costa was a good allround player, who could bat, bowl medium-pace, and was also an athletic fielder. He made his debut against England in the final - timeless - Test at Kingston, scoring 39 batting at No. 8 and taking a wicket in either innings. He was selected to tour England in 1933 and scored more than a thousand runs, including his only first-class hundred against Essex. He was less impressive with the ball, and failed in the Tests. His final Test appearance came against England in 1934-35, by which time his batting had become more important than his bowling. A renowned joker, he carried a rubber stamp embossed with his signature to save him time signing autographs and to ensure that nobody wanting one was disappointed. He died prematurely in 1935, the first West Indian Test cricketer to do so.
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