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Victor Thomas Trumper

(c. 1877—1915) cricketer


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(?1877–1915), outstanding batsman of the golden age of cricket, scored 16939 first-class runs from 1894 to 1914 at an average of 44.57 with 42 centuries. Always attacking, Trumper spoiled bowlers' lengths by advancing down the pitch, perfectly poised, armed with a flawless, fluent, seemingly endless range of strokes. A modest, shy, and generous man from a large working-class family in Paddington, NSW, he owned a sports shop in Market Street, Sydney. His early death at the age of 37 added to a legend which included several centuries scored before lunch; 300 not out at Sussex in 1899; 11 centuries on English sticky wickets in 1902; and 335 runs in 165 minutes on a magical day in 1903, when his big hits smashed factory windows all around Redfern Oval.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.


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