Australian cricketer, Jeff Hallebone, Died at 89


Jeffrey “Jeff” Hallebone was born on August 3, 1929, in East Coburg and died on October 18, 2018.

He was an Australian cricketer.

Jeff Hallebone was a first-class level player for Victoria between 1952 and 1955.

Hallebone was best known for his accomplishment of scoring a double century on his first-class debut, which made him the third Australian to accomplish that feat, and as of 2015 the last to do so.

His parents were Dorothy Jessie (née Renshaw) and Edward Stephen Hallebone.

Hallebone went to school in Geelong, attending Geelong High School before going on to Geelong College, where he played both cricket and football, for his final two years.

During the 1948–49 season, Hallebone started playing for the South Melbourne Cricket Club in the Victorian grade cricket competition.

Hallebone completed the season having played in all 15 matches, although his 17 innings yielded only two half-centuries.

During his second season, but, Jeff led South Melbourne’s batting aggregates, with 459 runs from 13 matches.

In the 1954–55 Shield season, which was reduced to a single round-robin format, with only four matches per team, Hallebone scored only 44 runs from Victoria’s first three games and was dropped for the final match.

The next season, he played only twice, against Queensland and New South Wales, in what were the last matches of his first-class career.

In December 1955, he left Australia for eight months to gain business experience in England and the United States.

At the age of 26 during his last state game, Jeff ended his career with a first-class batting average of 41.10, having scored 1,192 runs.

Hallebone when on playing grade cricket for South Melbourne until the 1965–66 season, retiring at the age of 36.

Jeff Hallebone passed away at 89 years old.


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