Louis Duffus      

Full name Louis George Duffus

Born May 13, 1904, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Died July 24, 1984, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 80 years 72 days)

Major teams Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 5 4 1 104 48 34.66 0 0 9 1
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 5 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1923/24 - 1934/35

ONE of South Africa's leading cricket-writers, Louis George Duffus, died on July 24, at the age of 80. Born in Melbourne on May 13, 1904, he was educated in Johannesburg, earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree and excelling as an athlete, baseballer and wicketkeeper (being coached by the Gloucestershire keeper Jack Board). Duffus kept for Transvaal in one match in 1923-24, and was recalled as an opening batsman in 1934-35, scoring 48 against OFS. Meanwhile, he had established himself as a journalist, venturing to England with the 1929 South African side and touring around in a baby Austin, supplying copy for a variety of British papers. Gradually his nom de plume of 'Vagrant' gave way to his real name. His services were sought after, and he never looked back, touring with South Africa for many years, priding himself as a stylist on no more vain grounds than that he abhorred hackneyed composition. He went unashamedly for vivid imagery. He also proved useful to the South Africans during the 1935 tour when he was asked out of the Press-box to field as substitute against Glamorgan, caught Dyson at slip, and turned the tourists towards victory in front of a huge Swansea crowd. He was proud of Wisden's couple of lines on this unusual happening. Indeed he came close enough to inclusion in the touring party, having been selected for a trial match the previous December.

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