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Denys Morkel      

Full name Denijs Paul Beck Morkel

Born January 25, 1906, Plumstead, Cape Town, Cape Province

Died October 6, 1980, Nottingham, England (aged 74 years 255 days)

Major teams South Africa, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Denijs Paul Beck Morkel
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 16 28 1 663 88 24.55 0 4 3 13 0
First-class 86 143 12 4494 251 34.30 8 22 67 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 16 22 1704 821 18 4/93 7/156 45.61 2.89 94.6 1 0 0
First-class 86 10425 4973 174 8/13 28.58 2.86 59.9 6 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Christchurch, Feb 27-Mar 1, 1932 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1924/25 - 1938

Wisden obituary
Morkel, Denys Paul Beck, died suddenly in hospital at Nottingham on October 6, 1980, aged 74. He first appeared for South Africa against Capt. R. T. Stanyforth's MCC side in 1927-28, when he played in all five Tests, but, though he made some useful scores, he met with no particular success and his bowling was hardly used. It was on the tour of England in 1929 that he showed his real possibilities. In first-class matches he scored 1,443 runs with an average of 34.35 and took 69 wickets at 26.01. In the Tests he came second both in batting and bowling: at Lord's he made 88 and 17 not out and took seven wickets, at Old Trafford he scored 63 out of a total of 130 and at The Oval 81. Tall and well built he bowled fast medium away-swingers with an easy action and plenty of pace off the pitch, and was probably the best bowler in the team. A fine driver on the both sides of the wicket, he was inclined to be impetuous but had, as he showed at Lord's, a solid defence when required. He was also a good slip. A great future seemed in store for him and that winter he helped S. S. L. Steyn to put on 222 for the eighth wicket for Western Province v Border, still a South African record. But he had already decided to settle in England and so was not available to play against the MCC side in 1930-31. However he was a member in 1931-32 of the South African team to Australia, where he was a sad disappointment. As a batsman he could never get going in the Tests and his bowling was a complete failure. Only in the last match against Western Australia, not then the power they have since become, did he show his best form, scoring 150 not out and taking eight for 13 in the second innings. In extenuation it must be said that he was in poor health at the beginning of the tour and that he also had trouble with his bowling action. This was the end of his Test career. In 1932 Sir Julien Cahn helped him to establish a business in the motor trade in Nottingham, which became a flourishing concern. For Sir Julien between 1932 and 1939 he made nearly 10,000 runs and took over 400 wickets. During the War he served in the Army. His brother, Ray, also played for Western Province and at one time showed promise of being the better bowler of the two.
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Feb 26, 1931

Denys Morkel

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