Lindsay Tuckett, South African Test cricketer, Died at 97


Lindsay Tuckett was born on February 6, 1919, in Durban, Natal and died on September 5, 2016.

He was a South African cricketer.

Lindsay played in nine Tests from 1947 to 1949.

He was the son of one Test player, Len Tuckett, and the nephew of another, Joe Cox, Lindsay Tuckett was just a month past his 16th birthday when he made his first-class cricket debut for Orange Free State in March 1935.

He was a lower-order right-handed batsman and a fast-medium right-arm bowler.

Tuckett specialised in in-swingers, he took regular wickets for one of the weaker provincial sides for the next 20 years but had a much shorter career in Tests.

He had been selected for the 1947 South African tour of England, he began promisingly, and even though he strained a muscle in the first Test and was less effective afterwards, he was picked for all five Tests and finished with 15 wickets, the joint highest number for the side.

During the first innings of the first match at Trent Bridge, he took five England wickets for 68 runs and it was a dropped catch off his bowling in the second innings that, according to the report in the 1948 Wisden, allowed England to escape from the match with a draw after following on 325 runs behind.

Playing at Lord’s during the second Test, Lindsey again took five wickets in the first innings, this time for 115 runs as England amassed 554 runs with centuries by Bill Edrich and Denis Compton.

During the 1947 tour as a whole, Tuckett took 69 wickets at an average of 25 runs per wicket.

After the Marylebone Cricket Club toured South Africa in the 1948–49 season, Tuckett was again chosen as an opening bowler in four out of the five Tests, but could not repeat his form of 18 months earlier.

Tuckett took only four wickets in the series and did not play for South Africa again.

During the first Test, Tuckett bowled the last possible over of the match, and on the eighth and final ball England’s ninth wicket pair of Alec Bedser and Cliff Gladwin scrambled the single run that gave the touring side victory.

After the death of Norman Gordon on 2 September 2014, Tuckett was the oldest living Test cricketer.