Bob Newson      

Full name Edward Serrurier Newson

Born December 2, 1910, Sea Point, Cape Town, Cape Province

Died April 24, 1988, Durban, Natal (aged 77 years 144 days)

Major teams Rhodesia, South Africa, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 5 1 30 16 7.50 0 0 0 3 0
First-class 24 34 3 553 114 17.83 1 2 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 6 874 265 4 2/58 2/75 66.25 1.81 218.5 0 0 0
First-class 24 4142 1562 60 5/54 26.03 2.26 69.0 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1930 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Mar 3-14, 1939 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929-1950
Profile

Edward Serrurier "Bob" Newson, OBE, opened the bowling in his three Tests for South Africa, against England at Johannesburg in 1930-31 and eight years later in the last two Tests against Hammond's side. Yet he might easily have missed his début, for he had not received notification of his selection and arrived at work as usual on the morning of the match. His father brought his kit to the Old Wanderers ground by tram as his son, recently turned twenty, lined up for the team photograph in borrowed clothes. Newson did not take a wicket but, joining Quintin McMillan with South Africa 81 for nine in the first innings, he helped add a further 45 before Tate bowled him for 10. As South Africa won by 28 runs, and the next four Tests in the series were all drawn, it was a vital contribution. He took a wicket in each innings at Johannesburg in 1938-39 and another two (for 58) in the first innings of the timeless Test at Durban, where he was South Africa's most economical bowler in terms of runs per over. His four Test wickets averaged 66.25 each.

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Mar 3, 1939

The South Africa side for the Timeless Test, South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, March 3, 1939.  TA Deevin (manager), Eric Rowan, Chud Langton, Pieter van der Bijl, ES Newson, Ronnie Grieveson, Norman Gordon. Front: Ken Viljoen, Bruce Mitchell, Alan Melville (capt),  Eric Dalton, Dudley Nourse.

The South Africa side for the Timeless Test

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