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Jim Christy      

Full name James Alexander Joseph Christy

Born December 12, 1904, Pretoria, Transvaal

Died February 1, 1971, Addington, Durban, Natal (aged 66 years 51 days)

Major teams South Africa, Queensland, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 10 18 0 618 103 34.33 1 5 3 3 0
First-class 65 108 9 3670 175 37.07 11 15 33 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 10 6 138 92 2 1/15 1/17 46.00 4.00 69.0 0 0 0
First-class 65 1947 894 32 4/19 27.93 2.75 60.8 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 15-18, 1929 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 4-7, 1932 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1925/26 - 1935/36

James Alexander Joseph Christy, the former South African opening batsman, died suddenly in hospital in Durban on February 1 at the age of 66. Born in Pretoria on December 12, 1904, he was educated at Jeppe High School and made his first-class debut for Transvaal in 1925-26, scoring a century in his second innings. He was a tall, powerful batsman with a long reach who excelled against fast bowling, as well as a useful medium-pace bowler. He toured England in 1929, when he made his Test debut, but after scoring 148 against Nottinghamshire he injured a finger and played in only five more matches. In 1930 he took up a business appointment in London which allowed him to play in only the final Test against England that winter. He tourered Australia and New Zealand under H. B. Cameron in 1931-32, when he scored 1,170 runs and headed the averages, making 102 against Western Australia in his first innings in Australia. On that tour he scored his only Test century - 103 against New Zealand at Christchurch, he and Bruce Mitchell sharing an opening stand of 196 in two hours. In his 10 Tests he scored 618 runs at 34.33. He also played for Queensland in 12 matches in the Sheffield Shield in 1934-35 and the following season. The highest score of his first-class career was 175 for Transvaal against Rhodesia at Salisbury in 1927-28, one of three centuries he scored in successive innings.
Irving Rosenwater, The Cricketer, April 1971