Full Name

John Bruce Plimsoll

Born

October 27, 1917, Kalk Bay, Cape Province

Died

November 11, 1999, Cape Town, Cape Province, (aged 82y 15d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm medium fast

relations

Other

Administrator

TEAMS

John Bruce Plimsoll, who died in Cape Town on November 11 aged 82, was a tail-end batsman and left-arm medium-fast bowler who played for Western Province and Natal between 1939-40 and 1949-50. He toured England with the 1947 Springboks, taking 68 wickets at an average of 23.32, and played in his sole Test at Old Trafford in which he toiled hard to take three wickets in the first innings for 143. In a first-class career badly interrupted by the war, Plimsoll played 39 matches and took 155 wickets at 23.10. His best bowling was 7 for 35 for Western Province against Griqualand West at Kimberley in 1946-47, when his match figures of 10 for 88 contributed much to a Currie Cup victory. He scored 386 runs at an average of 11.35, with a best of 51 for Western against Eastern Province at Cape Town in 1947-48. He gained greater fame as an administrator. He was the manager of the successful 1965 team that toured England and served the Western Province Cricket Union as vice-president under Boon Wallace. He also served Mowbray Golf Club as club captain. He is survived by his wife and four children. His elder son, John, represented South African Universities while studying at Stellenbosch University.
Michael Owen-Smith October 2004

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test121168*16.0000000
FC3947133865111.350190
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1223714333/1283/14347.663.6279.00000
FC391076735811557/3523.101.9969.4093
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1939/40 - 1949/50

Photos


Jack Plimsoll
South Africa cricketers (L-R) Ken Viljoen, Athol Rowan, Lindsay Tuckett and Jack Plimsoll sign a bat
The South African squad playing the tour opener in Worcester