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Collecting Bert Oldfield Cricket Memorabilia

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments

Bert Oldfield (1894 – 1976) the legendary Australian Cricketer is popular with the growing numbers of Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts.

Bert Oldfield born in Sydney New Wales kept wicket 1920 - 1937 for the Australia Test Team, he was a legendary wicket keeper notorious for spectacular stumping’s , in addition he was a reliable lower order right hand bat scoring 1427 test runs averaging 22.6, he scored six first class centuries.

Having made his mark  playing in the Sheffield Shield he made his Test debut in the 1st test at the 1920/21 series against England

He took part in Test tours to England in 1921, 1926, 1930, and 1934 – to South Africa in 1921-22 and 1935-36, New Zealand 1927-28 missing only one test since the 1924 Ashes series and this was due to the injury he sustained at Adelaide during the Bodyline series 3rd Test 1933.

Tour brochures and dinner menus are available for the above overseas tours mentioned above and especially when signed by one or more players they are sought after items.

From time to time odd cricket collectables associated with his illustrious career become available, they are quickly snapped up. Items which I have include a completed signed scorecard for the at England v Australia Test Match Sydney on 17th December 1920, where he made his test debut and was responsible for the wickets of Russell and Woolley in the 2nd innings stumping England captain Douglas in the 1st, nothing too special but it did consolidate his long standing position in the side.

I was fortunate to purchase cricket autograph signed by Bert Oldfield which was obtained during the infamous 3rd test match at Adelaide where Oldfield having scored 52 in the 1st innings was injured when he ducked into a rising ball off Harold Larwood and retired hurt, Oldfield later said that the ball was a “fair “delivery , Les Ames (1905 - 1990) stood in for Oldfield in the 2nd innings, it is Cricket Memorabilia like this which is notable, not only the signature of a top international player but the item is obtained at a memorable (in this case for all the wrong reasons) event.

The Bodyline series is an excellent source of Cricket Memorabilia, I wrote an interesting article on the series last year. England went on win the 1932/33 Ashes by four games to one amongst much controversy which is still debated in cricketing circles today.

Oldfield played 54 Test matches for Australia; he scored 1,427 runs averaging  22.65, taking 78 catches and 52 stumping’s. His first class total of 52 stumping’s remains a Test career world record. In first-class cricket he played 245 matches, scoring 6,135 runs at an average of 23.77, and taking 399 catches plus 263 stumping’s.

In later years Oldfield published his memoirs, Behind the wicket in 1938 and in 1954 Rattle of the stumps, I am currently very interested in locating signed editions which are in good condition.

In 1922 he opened his sports shop WA Oldfield in Sydney which judging by the sizable estate he left on his death in 1976, was successful.

Cricket Memorabilia from the 1920 – 1948 era is always popular specifically associated with the Ashes Test Series,

Bert Oldfield was nominated Wisden cricketer of the year 1927

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1970.

Tony Selby

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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