David Ogilvie (cricketer)
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Ogilvie attended Brisbane Grammar School where he was a champion sportsman, representing the school in rugby, cricket, tennis, athletics and rowing. He played for the Queensland state colt side and was picked in the Sheffield Shield team in 1971-72 but was unable to rise past twelfth man for the next two seasons. He was eventually dropped from the side and lost his spot in the colts, but good grade form in 1974-75 saw him make his first class debut for Queensland.
Ogilvie started the 1977-78 season extremely well, scoring consecutive centuries against Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia. This saw him selected to play at number three in an Australian team weakened by the defections of senior players to World Series Cricket to play India.
Ogilvie made his Test debut in Brisbane and was dismissed cheaply in his first innings, but shared a partnership of 97 with captain Bob Simpson in the second, rescuing Australia from 3-7. These runs proved crucial in Australia's eventual win. His performance in the second Test was nearly identical - a low score in the first innings, but a painstaking 47 in the second, helping take Australia from 2-33 to 3-172 and set up a two-wicket victory.
However Ogilvie failed twice in the third Test and was made twelfth man for the fourth test, before being dropped for the fifth. Indian spinner Bishen Bedi claimed his wicket six out of eight innings.
West Indian Tour
Ogilvie continued to score well in the Sheffield Shield and ultimately ended up making 1215 runs at an average of 50.62 for the season. However, he was not originally chosen for the tour of the West Indies, causing protest from Queensland cricketing circles. He was eventually picked as a replacement player when Kim Hughes fell ill and played in the third test, where he failed twice, and was not picked for the fourth test. However a half century as opener in a tour game against Jamaica saw him back in the team for the last test, where he almost repeated a familiar pattern - low score in the first innings, 40-odd in the second innings helping set up a victory - but the game was called off early because of a crowd riot.
End of Career
Ogilvie's form fell away during the 1978-79 season and he was not picked for Australia again that summer. He played his last first class game in 1979 and then retired from the game.
He is currently a teacher and counsellor at Brisbane Boys' College.
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- Queensland v Victoria Sheffield Shield 1977/78 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 4, 5, 6, 7 November 1977 (4-day match)
- Western Australia v Queensland Sheffield Shield 1977/78 Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth on 12, 13, 14, 15 November 1977 (4-day match)
- South Australia v Queensland Sheffield Shield 1977/78 Adelaide Oval on 18, 19, 20, 21 November 1977 (4-day match)
- India in Australia 1977/78 (1st Test) Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 2, 3, 4, 6 December 1977 (5-day match)
- India in Australia 1977/78 (2nd Test) Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth on 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 December 1977 (5-day match)
- India in Australia 1977/78 (3rd Test) Melbourne Cricket Ground on 30, 31 December 1977, 2, 3, 4 January 1978 (5-day match)
- West Indies v Australia Australia in West Indies and Bermuda 1977/78 (3rd Test) Bourda, Georgetown on 31 March, 1, 2, 4, 5 April 1978 (5-day match)
- Jamaica v Australians Australia in West Indies and Bermuda 1977/78 Sabina Park, Kingston on 21, 22, 23, 24 April 1978 (4-day match)
- West Indies v Australia Australia in West Indies and Bermuda 1977/78 (5th Test) Sabina Park, Kingston on 28, 29, 30 April, 2, 3 May 1978 (5-day match)
- Scorecard for Queensland v England XI, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane on 28, 29, 30, 31 December 1979