Tuppy Owen-Smith      

Full name Harold Geoffrey Owen-Smith

Born February 18, 1909, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Cape Province

Died February 28, 1990, Rosebank, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 81 years 10 days)

Major teams South Africa, Middlesex, Oxford University, Western Province

Also known as Dr Harold Owen-Smith, Tuppy

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Harold Geoffrey Owen-Smith
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 8 2 252 129 42.00 1 1 2 4 0
First-class 101 162 11 4059 168* 26.88 3 23 92 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 6 156 113 0 - - - 4.34 - 0 0 0
First-class 101 13445 7410 319 7/153 23.22 3.30 42.1 20 3
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 15-18, 1929 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 17-20, 1929 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1927/28 - 1949/50

Wisden obituary
Dr Harold Geoffrey "Tuppy" Owen-Smith, who died at Cape Town on February 28, 1990, aged 81, made a great name for himself in England in the 1930s as an exceptional all-round sportsman. His prowess at cricket was at least equalled on the rugby field, where he captained England, and he was a champion lightweight boxer. Born at Rondebosch, Cape Town, on February 18, 1909, he was twenty when he first set foot on English soil as a member of the South African touring side. He had had a thorough grounding as a boy at the Diocesan College from such English professionals as Harry Lee, Newman, Astill and O'Connor, and had already made his presence felt in Western Province's two matches against MCC in 1927-28. In the first match of the tour, bowling on a rain-damaged pitch, he took four for 43 in fourteen overs with his slow leg-breaks, and the records seem to show that Hammond was his first victim in first-class cricket. At the end of the tour, when MCC played a return match with Western Province, Owen-Smith made 32 in the second innings.

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Oct 16, 1935

Tuppy Owen-Smith

Tuppy Owen-Smith

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Apr 27, 1929

Tuppy Owen-Smith bats in the nets with Jock Cameron keeping behind the stumps, Lord's, April 27, 1929

Tuppy Owen-Smith bats in the nets with Jock Cameron keeping behind the stumps

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1930

He captained England three times at rugby union