Reggie Duff      

Full name Reginald Alexander Duff

Born August 17, 1878, Botanic Gardens, Macquarie, Sydney, New South Wales

Died December 13, 1911, St Leonards, North Sydney, New South Wales (aged 33 years 118 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Reginald Alexander Duff
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Tests 22 40 3 1317 146 35.59 2 6 14 0
First-class 121 197 9 6589 271 35.04 10 33 73 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 22 4 180 85 4 2/43 2/43 21.25 2.83 45.0 0 0 0
First-class 121 917 478 14 2/17 34.14 3.12 65.5 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 1-4, 1902 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 14-16, 1905 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1898/99 - 1907/08

A sturdy right-hand bat who watched the ball closely and was at the turn of the century one of Australia's best batsmen, Reggie Duff made a sensational Test debut against England at Melbourne in 1901-02 when he became the second No.10 to score a Test hundred, and only the third Australian to score a century on debut. The circumstances were unusual in that Duff was a frontline batsman who had been held back because of a sticky wicket. With Warwick Armstrong he added 120 for the last wicket as Australia won by 299 runs. He toured England in 1902 and 1905 with great success, scoring more than 1000 runs on both visits but Wisden noted that "he was never the same again after the second trip" and within two seasons he had left the first-class game even though he was still not 30. The truth was that Duff was an alcoholic whose cricket was greatly affected by his drinking. Following his retirement his condition rapidly deteriorated and he died broke and broken in 1911 aged 33. His former NSW colleagues paid for his funeral. Martin Williamson

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