Eric Dalton      

Full name Eric Londesbrough Dalton

Born December 2, 1906, Durban, Natal

Died June 3, 1981, Westridge, Durban, Natal (aged 74 years 183 days)

Major teams South Africa, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Eric Londesbrough Dalton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 15 24 2 698 117 31.72 2 3 2 5 0
First-class 121 180 19 5333 157 33.12 13 24 72 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 15 12 864 490 12 4/59 6/159 40.83 3.40 72.0 1 0 0
First-class 121 7662 3588 139 6/42 25.81 2.80 55.1 5 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Lord's, Jun 29-Jul 2, 1929 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Mar 3-14, 1939 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1924/25 - 1946/47

Eric Dalton, who died in Durban on June 3, 1981, aged 74, was one of the finest allround sportsmen produced by South Africa between the wars. Considered fortunate to have been picked for the 1929 South African cricket tour to England, with only nine first-class matches behind him, in which he had limited success, Dalton, by late-summer, was giving every sign of developing into a very good, attacking, middle-order batsman. Against Kent at Canterbury, towards the end of August, he scored 157 and 116 not out, followed by 102 and 44 not out against Sussex at Hove and 59 against Sir Julien Cahn's XI at West Bridgford. On returning to South Africa, Dalton quickly established himself as an extremely fine cricketer. He was an automatic choice for the South African tour to Australasia in 1931-32, where he averaged 32.41 with the bat, his best score being 100 against Tasmania at Launceston. He played in two Tests in Australia and two in New Zealand, in the first of which, at Christchurch, he made 82. By the end of the 1934-35 season he had become one of South Africa's most reliable batsmen, having averaged 54.76 in first-class matches since returning from New Zealand. His bowling, too, came on tremendously during this period: in 1934-35 he captured 25 wickets at 19.08 each with his leg-breaks.

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Mar 3, 1939

The South Africa side for the Timeless Test, South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, March 3, 1939.  TA Deevin (manager), Eric Rowan, Chud Langton, Pieter van der Bijl, ES Newson, Ronnie Grieveson, Norman Gordon. Front: Ken Viljoen, Bruce Mitchell, Alan Melville (capt),  Eric Dalton, Dudley Nourse.

The South Africa side for the Timeless Test

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