Jim de Courcy      

Full name James Harry de Courcy

Born April 18, 1927, Newcastle, New South Wales

Died June 20, 2000, Belmont, Newcastle, New South Wales (aged 73 years 63 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Also known as Oxford Jim, Words,

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

James Harry de Courcy
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 1 81 41 16.20 0 0 2 3 0
First-class 79 113 11 3778 204 37.03 6 23 51 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 79 67 0 - - - - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Manchester, Jul 9-14, 1953 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 15-19, 1953 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1947/48 - 1957/58

James Harry de Courcy, a coronation year tourist to England in 1953, died of heart failure in Newcastle on June 20, aged 73. He had been ill for some time. He was the first Novocastrian to be picked for an Australian team directly out of Newcastle club cricket. Full of charm and vivacity, Jimmy De Courcy was an oldfashioned dasher, who played in the last three Ashes Tests in 1953. His 41 at Old Trafford on debut was the rain-ruined game in which the Aussies slumped spectacularly to 35 for 8 in their second innings against Johnny Wardle and Jim Laker. He made more than 1,000 runs on the Ashes tour of 1953. In a carefree atmosphere against a Combined Services XI which included a young Freddie Trueman at Kingston, scored a career-best 204, sharing a 377-run fourth-wicket stand with Keith Miller in three and a half hours. Neil Harvey recalls the 5ft 7ins De Courcy: 'He liked to hit the ball and didn't believe too much in defence. He was a good team man in 1953 and fitted in well with everybody. At Northampton, when we played against Frank Tyson for the first time, Arthur Morris was captain. We were sent in and I was still in my civvies as I watched the opening over. Tyson had Colin McDonald lbw second ball so I asked Graeme Hole if he would mind going in at three. Two balls later he was out and I still wasn't ready so Jimmy went in. He lasted the over only to fall at the other end. When I got out there we were 10 for 3 and Artie said to me: "Where the bloody hell have you been?" Making his New South Wales debut in 1947-48 as a 20-year-old from Hunter Valley club Lambton-New Lambton, De Courcy averaged almost 40 in 45 Sheffield Shield appearances in a 10-year period in which New South Wales won the Shield on eight occasions. His highest Shield score was 114 in three and a half hours against South Australia in 1951-52 in Sydney, and included a century stand with 16 year-old debutant Ian Craig, a future captain of Australia. De Courcy was prolific at Newcastle club level, making 23 hundreds and more than 7,500 runs for Lambton. His 1,028 runs at 85.57 in 1954-55 remains a competition record. He also played four seasons with Western Suburbs in Sydney grade ranks. A boilermaker by trade, he enjoyed old-time dances and attending the first-class games in Sydney and Newcastle. He collapsed while having a cigarette. He had been discharged from hospital for only four days after a longstanding lung infection.
Ken Piesse, The Cricketer

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