Hugh Tayfield      

Full name Hugh Joseph Tayfield

Born January 30, 1929, Durban, Natal

Died February 24, 1994, Hillcrest, Natal (aged 65 years 25 days)

Major teams Rhodesia, South Africa, Natal, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Uncle - SH Martin, Brother - A Tayfield, Brother - C Tayfield, Cousin - H Martin, Cousin - IR Tayfield

Hugh Joseph Tayfield
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 37 60 9 862 75 16.90 0 2 5 26 0
First-class 187 259 47 3668 77 17.30 0 10 149 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 37 61 13568 4405 170 9/113 13/165 25.91 1.94 79.8 5 14 2
First-class 187 54848 18890 864 9/113 21.86 2.06 63.4 67 16
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1949 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 18-23, 1960 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1945/46 - 1962/63

Wisden obituary
Hugh Tayfield, who died in hospital at Durban on February 25, 1994, aged 65, was one of the most successful bowlers ever produced by South Africa and one of the greatest off-spinners the game has seen. Between 1949-50 and 1960 he took 170 wickets in Tests at a cost of 25.91 in 37 matches. Tayfield took more wickets per Test match (4.59) then either Jim Laker or Lance Gibbs (4.19 and 3.91), and though he was not in Laker's class as a spinner of the ball, he was exceptionally accurate and could bowl all day without wavering. He preferred to bowl over the wicket, extremely close to the stumps, which gave him the perfect angle for the ball to drift away and break back. Though his variations were subtle, his field settings were often flamboyantly unorthodox, with a large, tempting gap around extra cover but two straightish silly mid-ons waiting for the mistimed shot. Tayfield was, with Trevor Goddard, at the centre of South Africa's containing cricket of the 1950s; he bowled 137 consecutive balls without conceding a run against England at Durban in 1956-57. But, with South Africa's superb fielding to back him up, he ran through teams as well: he took 37 wickets that series at 17.18, including nine for 113 in the second innings of the Fourth Test at Johannesburg, when he bowled unchanged on the last day and sent down 35 eight-ball overs; the longer he bowled the more inhibited England's batsmen became. Tayfield was chaired off the field.

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Apr 30, 1960

Hugh Tayfield sends one down, Duke of Norfolk's XI v South Africans, Arundel Castle Cricket Club ground, England, April 30, 1960

Hugh Tayfield sends one down

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Jul 18, 1955

Hugh Tayfield of South Africa bowls against Surrey at The Oval, London, 18th July 1955

Hugh Tayfield bowls

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May 5, 1955

Batsman Roy McLean and offspinner Hugh Tayfield, from Natal, are part of South Africa's touring squad to England, May 5, 1955

Batsman Roy McLean and offspinner Hugh Tayfield, from Natal, are part of South Africa's touring squad to England

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1956