Ben Barnett      

Full name Benjamin Arthur Barnett

Born March 23, 1908, Auburn, Melbourne, Victoria

Died June 29, 1979, Newcastle, New South Wales (aged 71 years 98 days)

Major teams Australia, Buckinghamshire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Minor Counties, Victoria

Batting style Left-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Administrator

Benjamin Arthur Barnett
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 8 1 195 57 27.85 399 48.87 0 1 25 0 3 2
First-class 173 243 42 5531 131 27.51 4 31 216 141
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 173 24 20 1 1/3 20.00 5.00 24.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 10-14, 1938 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 20-24, 1938 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929-1961
Profile

Wisden obituary
The quiet but much liked Australian wicketkeeper of the late 1930s, whose long career covered three distinct phases as player and administrator, died suddenly at Newcastle, New South Wales on June 29, 1979, while visiting an old Army friend. A product of Scotch College, Melbourne, Barnett moved directly from the School team into the Hawthorn East Melbourne first eleven in 1927, his batting at first being supplemented by slow bowling which was soon dropped in favour of wicketkeeping. Within two years, he was in the Victorian side and scored 131 against Tasmania before succeeding J. L. Ellis in 1929 to remain the state's regular wicket-keeper until the outbreak of World War II. Deputy to W. A. Oldfield on the 1934 English Tour and again in South Africa in 1935-36, Barnett succeeded the long-serving Oldfield on his retirement after the MCC visit to Australia in 1936-37. He thus became wicketkeeper for the 1938 English tour and, although not possessed of the skill and finesse of his distinguished predecessor, Barnett performed creditably and with the efficient unobtrusive style, notably neat in taking slow bowling, which marked his long career. A useful left-hand batsman, Barnett scored 2,773 runs for Victoria at an average of 28.88, including an undefeated 104 and 92 in his second-last Sheffield Shield match before going on active service in 1940. He was a prisoner-of-war at Changi for several years, yet maintained contact and retained his position as a vice-president of the Hawthorn East Melbourne Club throughout this time. His long association with the club continued until his death, Barnett having presented it with his cricket gear only a year earlier.

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