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Syd Hird      

Full name Sydney Francis Hird

Born January 7, 1910, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales

Died December 20, 1980, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa (aged 70 years 348 days)

Major teams Border, Eastern Province, Lancashire, New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 32 49 5 1453 130 33.02 5 4 8 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 32 1684 59 6/56 28.54 3 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1931/32 - 1950/51

Syd Hird, who died on December 20 in South Africa, where he settled before the war, was one of a remarkably talented quartet to emerge from Rozelle Junior Technical School in Sydney. Born on January 7, 1910, he and his school pals Archie Jackson, Bill Hunt and Dick Nutt struck terror into the hearts of all opponents, and were marked down for adult honours some time before entering the grown-ups' world. Jackson, of course, was one of the most brilliant batsmen the world has known, and made two centuries in a match for NSW at the age of 18, a century on Test debut against England at 19, and died from tuberculosis at 23; Hunt played once for Australia; Nutt was a State player. Hird, a fine batsman and leg-spin/googly bowler, had a number of successes for NSW before trying his luck in English league cricket and then moving on to South Africa to coach.

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