Robert Graham

Cricket Player

1877 – 1946

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Who was Robert Graham?

Robert Graham - A lower-order batsman, medium pace bowler and a safe pair of hands in the field, Robert Graham enjoyed a brief first-class career either side of the 20th century. He was born, of all places, in Grahamstown, Cape Province, South Africa, on 16 September 1877 and died near Eastbourne, Sussex, England, on 21 April 1946, aged 78. He made his debut for Western Province against Transvaal in the Currie Cup final of 1897/98 but did nothing of note in the victory that gave his side their fourth domestic title. However, he took five wickets for 54 runs in his next match playing for Cape Colony against Lord Hawke’s touring England side of 1898/99 and was subsequently selected for the 1st Test match because of it. Played at the Old Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, in February 1899, he took 2 wickets for 60 runs in the match and held two catches as England won by 32 runs. He then took 6 wickets for 97 runs, again for a Cape Colony XI against the tourists, which secured his place for the 2nd Test. Unfortunately, in what was a very poor match for him, he took just 1 wicket for 67 and scored only two runs, a victim of A.E. Trott in both innings.

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Born
1877
Nationality
  • South Africa
Died
1946

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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