Gordon Charles White
February 05, 1882, Port St Johns, Cape Province
October 17, 1918, Gaza, Palestine, (aged 36y 254d)
Right hand Bat
Gordon Charles White, the well-known South African cricketer, died of wounds in October. Born on February 5, 1882, he was in his thirty-seventh year. Gordon White did much to establish the fame of South African cricket, but in England he never quite came up to the reputation he enjoyed at home as a batsman. He came here in 1904 and 1907, and visited us for the third time with the team that took part in the Triangular Tournament in 1912. In the tour of 1904 he scored in all matches 937 runs with an average of 30, his highest innings being 115 against Notts at Trent Bridge. For the great team of 1907, though he scored 162 not out against Gloucestershire at Bristol, he was disappointing as a batsman, the soft wickets being quite unsuited to his fine off-side hitting, but he bowled leg breaks with marked success, taking 72 wickets at a cost of just under 13 runs each. In 1912 he did not do himself justice as a batsman, and as a bowler he failed. He took part in five of the half-dozen Test Matches, his best score being 59 not out in the drawn game against Australia at Nottingham. When getting runs, Gordon White always looked to be a first-rate batsman, his style of play being very free and attractive.
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