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Hec Oakley      

Full name Hector Herbert Oakley

Born January 10, 1909, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria

Died December 19, 1998, Sandringham, Victoria (aged 89 years 343 days)

Major teams Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 28 39 2 1605 162 43.37 4 8 17 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 28 6 0 - - - - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1929/30 - 1938/39
Profile

Hec Oakley was an outstanding all-round sportsman - a first-class cricketer, an accomplished amateur footballer, a national table-tennis and state tennis player, as well as a single-handicap golfer. An attacking right-hand batsman with a wide array of strokes, he had almost had his leg amputated as a child after he impaled it on the stump of a tree, but he avoided that but switched from right to left-footed kicking. As a young boy, Oakley had fallen from his bicycle and impaled his right knee on the stump of a bamboo tree. When it became seriously infected, a specialist planned to amputate below the knee. But the family's doctor recommended it be put into plaster for six months, the only long-term affect being that Oakley swapped to kicking the football with his left foot, rather than his right!

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