Basil D'Oliveira      

Full name Basil Lewis D'Oliveira

Born October 4, 1931, Signal Hill, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa

Died November 19, 2011, England (aged 80 years 46 days)

Major teams England, Worcestershire

Nickname Dolly, Bas

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Coach

Relation Brother - I D'Oliveira, Son - DB D'Oliveira, Grandson - MD D'Oliveira, Grandson - DJ D'Oliveira, Grandson - BL D'Oliveira

Basil Lewis D'Oliveira
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 44 70 8 2484 158 40.06 5 15 14 29 0
ODIs 4 4 1 30 17 10.00 43 69.76 0 0 3 0 1 0
First-class 367 575 91 19490 227 40.26 45 101 215 0
List A 187 171 20 3770 102 24.96 2 19 44 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 44 66 5706 1859 47 3/46 5/62 39.55 1.95 121.4 0 0 0
ODIs 4 4 204 140 3 1/19 1/19 46.66 4.11 68.0 0 0 0
First-class 367 41079 15126 551 6/29 27.45 2.20 74.5 17 2
List A 187 7892 4478 190 5/26 5/26 23.56 3.40 41.5 6 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 16-21, 1966 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 10-16, 1972 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 28, 1972 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1964 - 1980
List A span 1965 - 1979
Profile

One of broadcaster-writer John Arlott's most worthy deeds was saving Basil D'Oliveira from half-life as a Cape Colored in South Africa by persuading Middleton, the Central Lancashire League club, to take him on as their professional in 1960. This led to Worcestershire (in 1964) and England (in 1966) acquiring a readymade allrounder of formidable physical and mental strength, which was never better illustrated than when England were in trouble. Arlott's initiative was the making of D'Oliveira, and a source of joy to all who loathed apartheid. When you watched "Dolly" flaying the opposition's bowlers with meaty back-foot clumps, or frustrating their batsmen with outward-drifting medium-pace of cloying accuracy (his economy rate in Tests was 1.95 runs per over) there was one sharp regret ... if only he'd been spotted at 19 rather than 29. Then D'Oliveira would have put the runs and wickets in the book that would have shown future generations what he unmistakably was - one of cricket's greats.
John Thicknesse

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May 18, 2006

Basil D'Oliveira by Peter Oborne

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May 1, 1972

Basil D'Oliveira, May 1, 1972

Basil D'Oliveira

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Aug 24, 1971

Basil D'Oliveira, Ray Illingworth, Derek Underwood, Brian Luckhurst, John Snow, John Edrich and Alan Knott look on after losing to India, England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 24, 1971

Basil D'Oliveira, Ray Illingworth, Derek Underwood, Brian Luckhurst, John Snow, John Edrich and Alan Knott look on after losing to India

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1967

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1967

Awarded the OBE in June 1969

Awarded the CBE on 11th June 2005

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street - Aug 23-26
Durham 207 Warwickshire 315/7 (108 ov)
Glamorgan v Sussex at Cardiff - Aug 23-26
Glamorgan 252 & 91/2 (31 ov) Sussex 283
Gloucs v Kent at Bristol - Aug 23-26
Gloucs 221 Kent 388/4 (91.2 ov)
Leics v Essex at Leicester - Aug 23-26
Leics 238 & 53/2 (13.5 ov) Essex 423
Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton - Aug 23-26
Hampshire 338 Somerset 296/5 (82.2 ov)
Surrey v Lancashire at The Oval - Aug 23-26
Lancashire 287 & 0/0 (0.2 ov) Surrey 480
Worcs v Northants at Worcester - Aug 23-26
Northants 551 Worcs 183/2 (52.5 ov)
Yorkshire v Notts at Scarborough - Aug 23-26
Yorkshire 282 & 263/4d Notts 94 & 6/1 (6 ov, target 452)
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