Full name Jacobus Petrus Duminy
Born December 16, 1897, Bellville, Cape Province
Died January 31, 1980, Groote Schuur, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 82 years 46 days)
Major teams South Africa, Oxford University, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 13-16, 1929 scorecard|
|First-class span||1919/20 - 1928/29|
The batting talent of Jacobus Petrus Duminy was never truly reflected in his three Test appearances for South Africa. In two Tests against England in 1927-28 - opening the batting in three innings - he failed to reach double figures, and when called up as an emergency replacement while visiting Europe in 1929, he made only 2 and 12 in the Leeds Test, which was rendered memorable by the last-wicket stand of 103 in little more than an hour by 'Tuppy' Owen-Smith and
'Sandy' Bell. Duminy's diving, one-handed gully catch to dismiss Leyland, too, was not easily to be forgotten. A left-hander Duminy, who died in Cape Town on January 31, aged 82, made a strong impact on the game, scoring 95 not out in his first innings for Transvaal, against Stanyforth's 1927-28 MCC team at Pretoria,
a week before his 30th birthday. A double of 55 and 74 not out in the return match earned him his Test place. Against Border in 1928-29 he made a big not-out century and took 6 for 40 with right-arm slows; but unspectacular performances in the other trial matches led to his omission from the tour of England -
until he was tracked down in Switzerland! A Rhodes scholar at Oxford in 1920,
Professor Duminy - as he became - had a distinguished academic career, assuming the vice-chancellorship of the University of Cape Town, and pursuing a courageous course in opposition to apartheid, among other things running cricket weeks for youngsters of all races.
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