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Jimmy Sinclair      

Full name James Hugh Sinclair

Born October 16, 1876, Swellendam, Cape Province

Died February 23, 1913, Yeoville, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 36 years 130 days)

Major teams South Africa, London County, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

James Hugh Sinclair
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 25 47 1 1069 106 23.23 3 3 16 9 0
First-class 129 214 6 4483 136 21.55 6 21 66 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 25 41 3598 1996 63 6/26 9/89 31.68 3.32 57.1 4 1 0
First-class 129 19543 10527 491 8/32 21.43 3.23 39.8 33 10
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 13-14, 1896 scorecard
Last Test Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Mar 3-7, 1911 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1892/93 - 1911/12

Jimmy Sinclair did more than anyone to put South African cricket on the map. Tall and powerfully built, he liked nothing more than to hit the ball hard or bowl as fast as he could. In 1898-99 he scored 86 (as an opener) at Johannesburg and followed with a brilliant 106 at Cape Town (South Africa's first Test hundred) against the all-conquering England side led by Lord Hawke. At Cape Town he also took 6 for 26 and 3 for 63. In 1901 he toured England and cemented his reputation as a big hitter but failed to put together many innings of substance - the same could be said of his visits in 1904 and 1907. But as a bowler he excelled on the green wickets, with his high action to the fore, and he took 107 wickets in 1901 and 100 in 1904. He was fortunate to make the 1901 tour - he was captured by the Boers (the Boer war was taking place) and had to escape from a POW camp and make his way to safety behind the British lines. At home his form remained breathtaking. In 1902-03 he scored back-to-back centuries against Australia at Johannesburg and Cape Town - his second hundred taking 80 minutes - and in 1905 grabbed 21 wickets against England. By 1907 South Africa were dominated by their quartet of googly bowlers, and he was largely marginalised, although his slogging continued to thrill. Against England in 1909-10 and Australia the following winter he struggled to impose himself with either bat or ball, and he died in 1913, aged 36. Sinclair not only excelled at cricket; he played rugby for South Africa and England, and was also a skilled hockey and football player.
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May 28, 1907

Jimmy Sinclair and Aubrey Faulkner walk out to bat, MCC v South Africans, 2nd day, Lord's, May 28, 1907

Jimmy Sinclair and Aubrey Faulkner walk out to bat

© PA Photos

Aug 4, 1901

Rest of England XI which beat Yorkshire (County Champions) in 1901 -  (Back) RB Brooks, Albert Trott, Gilbert Jessop, George Wilson. (Middle) AO Jones, Plum Warner, Shrimp Leveson Gower, George Beldam, Charles Fry. (Front) John Gunn, Jimmy Sinclair.

Rest of England XI 1901

© Wisden


Brother of D.M. (Transvaal)