Full name James Middleton
Born September 30, 1865, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, England
Died December 23, 1913, Newlands, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 48 years 84 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm slow-medium
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 13-14, 1896 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Nov 8-11, 1902 scorecard|
|First-class span||1890/91 - 1903/04|
The South African left-arm seamer James Middleton was best known for his nickname `Bonnor'. It reflected the similarity, in style if not quality, between his batting and that of the meaty Australian hitter George Bonnor. Middleton was bought out of the army by Cape Town CC, and he rewarded them and Western Province with some sterling performances. He played only six Tests and South Africa lost the lot, despite his 24 wickets at 18.42. His debut at Port Elizabeth in 1895-96 - in which he returned match figures of 9 for 130 but saw his side thrashed by England by 288 runs - was symptomatic of a bitter-sweet career at the top level. His career was ended when South Africa opted to tour England with a mass of legspin bowlers.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?