Full name Rolland Beaumont
Born February 4, 1884, Newcastle, Natal
Died May 25, 1958, Berea, Durban, Natal (aged 74 years 110 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Manchester, May 27-28, 1912 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 1-5, 1914 scorecard|
|First-class span||1908/09 - 1913/14|
A naturally gifted strokemaker, Rolland Beaumont suffered from becoming too cautious on the big occasion and he never did his talents justice in any of his five Tests. He toured England in 1912 for the Trinangular Tournament, making his debut against Australia at Manchester when he scored 37 and 12 (batting at Nos 9 and 10). In seven other innings - later that summer and against England in 1913-14 - he managed 22 runs.
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