Full name Ronald Andrewes Halcombe
Born March 19, 1906, Petersburg, South Australia
Died August 1, 1993, Geelong, Victoria (aged 87 years 135 days)
Major teams South Australia, Western Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|First-class span||1926/27 - 1939/40|
Ron Halcombe was a genuinely fast bowler from South Australia who moved to Perth after one season at Adelaide and terrorised batsmen for more than a decade thereafter. There were major concerns over his action - in 1931-32 he was once no-balled for throwing on six consecutive deliveries - and complaints that he deliberately set out to intimidate. The potential problems were limited as Western Australia were not in the Sheffield Shield. He was never selected for Australia - in fairness, he was expensive - although there were calls for his inclusion in 1932-33 as a counter weapon to England's pace barrage. After the war be became a commentator for ABC.
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