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The Gordon District Cricket Club turned 100 years old in 2005 and to celebrate the club has created a Hall of Fame where players of special quality and outstanding effort will be honoured for their contribution to the Club.

The Club has decided to name three of the great names of Australian Cricket of the past as the first inductees and follow this with a number of other inductees as part of the 100 year celebrations.

The first three inductees are Victor Trumper, Charlie McCartney and Bert Oldfield.


To view a resume of each player, click on their name below.

 


Bert Oldfield

Bert Oldfield

Wisden cricketer of the year in 1927, Bert Oldfield was a classy wicketkeeper who filled the position in the Australian team for most of the years between the World Wars.                                                                             

Bert was born in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria on September 9th 1894.

He died on August 10th 1976.

Date

Event

1915

Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, serving with the 15th Field Ambulance.

1919

Came to the selectors attention as a member of the AIF team.

1919/20

Played for NSW in the Sheffield Shield.

1920/21

Made his Test debut in the First Test against England at the SCG, sharing 'keeping duties with Hanson Carter until Carter's retirement at the end of the series.

1922

Opened a sports store in George Street Sydney, becoming a successful businessman.

1927

Named Wisden's Cricketer of the Year.

1933

A capable batsmen, Oldfield was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a ball from England's Harold Larwood during the controversial Adelaide Test of the infamous "Bodyline" series.

1936/37

His last Test match for Australia was the 5th Test against England in Melbourne.

1921-37

Oldfield had made 130 dismissals in 54 Tests, including 52 stumpings. 1938 Published "Behind The Wicket".

1939

Commissioned a Lieutenant in the 17th Battalion.

1941

Promoted to Captain. 1943 Promoted to Major.

1954

Published "The Rattle of the Stumps".

1970

Awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).

1976

August 10th - Died in the Sydney suburb of Killara

Charles Macartney

Charles Macartney

Full name: Charles George Macartney

Born: June 27, 1886, West Maitland, New South Wales

Died: September 9, 1958, Little Bay, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 72 years 74 days)

Major teams: Australia, New South Wales, Otago

Also known as: The Governor General

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

STATISTICS

Batting and fielding averages





class

mat

inns

no

runs

hs

ave

100

50

6s

ct

st

Tests

35

55

4

2131

170

41.78

7

9

3

17

0

First-class

249

360

32

15019

345

45.78

49

53

 

102

0





Bowling averages





class

mat

balls

runs

wkts

bbi

bbm

ave

econ

sr

4

5

10

Tests

35

3561

1240

45

7/58

11/85

27.55

2.08

79.13

1

2

1

First-class

249

24228

8782

419

7/58

 

20.95

2.17

57.82

 

17

1

Charles George Macartney, who died in Sydney on September 9 1958, aged 72, was one of the most brilliant and attractive right-handed batsmen in the history of Australian cricket. Daring and confident, he possessed a quickness of eye, hand and foot, a perfection of timing which made him a menace to the best of bowlers. Sydney H. Pardon, then Editor of Wisden, wrote of him in 1921 as a law to himself'an individual genius, but not in any way to be copied. He constantly did things that would be quite wrong for an ordinary batsman, but by success justified all his audacities. Except Victor Trumper at his best, no Australian batsman has ever demoralised our bowlers to the same extent.

Of medium height and stocky build, The Governor-General, as MacArtney came to be known, was specially good in cutting and hitting to leg, though there was no stroke, orthodox or unorthodox, of which he did not show himself master. Intolerant of batsmen who did not treat bowling upon its merits, he was quoted as giving, not long before his death, as the reason why he had ceased to be a regular cricket spectator: I can't bear watching luscious half-volleys being nudged gently back to bowlers. Yet in regard to his own achievements this man with the Napoleonic features could not have been more modest; he had no regard at all for records or averages, nor was he ever known to complain about an umpire's decision.

How punishing a batsman he could be was never more fully demonstrated than in 1921 when, at Trent Bridge, he took such full advantage of a missed chance when nine that he reached 345 from the Nottinghamshire bowling in less than four hours with four 6's and forty-seven 4's among his figures. This still stands as the highest innings put together by an Australian in England and, furthermore, no other batsman in first-class cricket has scored as many runs in a single day. It was also the third of four centuries in following innings, the others being 105 v. Hampshire at Southampton, 193 v. Northamptonshire at Northampton and 115 v. England at Leeds, where he performed the rare feat of getting to three figures before lunch.

From the time that he made his first appearance for Australia in 1907 till he ended his Test career in 1926, MacArtney represented his country 35 times, scoring 2,132 runs, including seven centuries, average 41.80. His highest Test innings was 170 against England at Sydney in 1920'21. He headed the Australia averages with 86.66 that season and also figured at the top in England in 1926 when, with the aid of innings of 151, 133 not out and 109, his average was 94.60. He took part in twelve Test partnerships of 100 or more, the biggest being 235 with W. M. Woodfull for the second wicket against England at Leeds in 1926.

For all the batting prowess he revealed later, it was as a slow left-arm bowler that MacArtney did his best work when first visiting England in 1909. During the tour he took 71 wickets at a cost of 17.46 runs each, and he played a big part in the overthrow of England at Leeds by dismissing seven batsmen for 58 runs in the first innings and four for 27 in the second. In an unofficial Australian tour of America in 1913, his ability as an all-rounder reached such heights that he hit 2,390 runs and took 180 wickets, finishing at the top of both sets of averages. As a fieldsman, particularly at mid-off, he had few equals.

He accomplished much fine work for New South Wales, for whom he first played in 1905, scoring 2,443 runs, average 42.12, with 201 against Victoria in 1913'14 his highest innings. Twice he got two separate centuries in a match'119 and 126 for his State against the South Africans in 1910'11 and 142 and 121 for the Australians against Sussex at Hove in 1912. In all cricket his runs numbered 15,003, average 45.87, and he hit 48 hundreds.

Of him, Sir Jack Hobbs said: I saw him begin his Test career in Australia and we thought him a very unorthodox player, but we soon realised he was brilliant. He hit particularly hard through the covers and frequently cut even fast bowlers off his stumps. He certainly had a wonderful eye. He was a charming fellow and a highly confident cricketer.

Victor Trumper

Victor Trumper

Full name: Victor Thomas Trumper

Born: November 2, 1877, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales

Died: June 28, 1915, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 37 years 238 days)

Major teams: Australia, New South Wales

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Relations: Son, V Trumper jnr

STATISTICS

Batting and fielding averages

class

mat

inns

no

runs

hs

ave

100

50

6s

ct

st

Tests

48

89

8

3163

214*

39.04

8

13

4

31

0

First-class

255

401

21

16939

300*

44.57

42

87

 

173

0


Bowling averages

class

mat

balls

runs

wkts

bbi

bbm

ave

econ

sr

4

5

10

Tests

48

546

317

8

3/60

3/87

39.62

3.48

68.25

0

0

0

First-class

255

3822

2008

64

5/19

 

31.37

3.15

59.71

 

2

0

Perhaps more than any number one batsman Victor Trumper could not be measured by the number of runs he scored. If arithmetic runs were the sole criterion, he would not have been regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Most of the other greats of his time freely admitted that they were not even fit to be compared with Trumper. Many people, who also saw the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, swore that Trumper was the more accomplished batsman, although statistics say otherwise.

Altham once wrote, "His genius was essentially qualitative rather than quantitative, revealed in terms of spontaneous art rather than in any acquired technique." In other words, it was the manner in which this legend batted that separated him from the others. He did not believe that there was any ball, which could not be scored off. He was gifted with a great eye and a quick pair of feet. He was a true athlete. His strength lied in playing the ball late.

"He dealt with good-length balls in the way that an ordinary forcing first-class batsman deals with half-volleys and long hops," wrote Col Philip Trevor, Former MCC's manager in Australia. He was far more interested in the success of his side than personal glory. He was totally selfless. He enjoyed cricket but not its attendant glories. He disliked the adulation of the crowds. He far preferred the company of his family to admirers and did not drink or smoke. Indeed, his nature was as hard to describe as his cricket.

Trumper's reticence, honesty and inclination for living day to day gave him little head for the business enterprise he undertook towards the end of his life. He won the affection of all classes in Australia and his heroics against England helped fuel the country's young flames of nationalism. When he died at the age of 37 due to Bright's disease, shortly after contracting scarlet fever, in a private hospital near to the place where he was born about 20,000 people lined the Sydney streets, forming a three-and-a-half mile procession behind his funeral cortege.

 

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