Dusty Rhodes (cricketer)

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Dusty Rhodes
Personal information
Full name Albert Ennion Groucott Rhodes
Born (1916-10-10)10 October 1916
Tintwistle, Cheshire, England
Died 17 October 1983(1983-10-17) (aged 67)
Barlow, Derbyshire, England
Nickname Dusty
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right arm leg-break bowler
Relations Son, Harold Rhodes
Domestic team information
Years Team
19371954 Derbyshire
1948–1952 MCC
First-class debut 12 May 1937 Derbyshire v Surrey
Last First-class 18 August 1954 Derbyshire v Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 275
Runs scored 7363
Batting average 18.97
100s/50s 4/29
Top score 127
Balls bowled 38345
Wickets 661
Bowling average 28.22
5 wickets in innings 29
10 wickets in match 4
Best bowling 8–162
Catches/stumpings 85/–
Source: [1], 1 July 2010

Albert Ennion Groucott Rhodes, universally known as "Dusty" Rhodes (10 October 1916 – 17 October 1983), was an English cricketer who played first class cricket for Derbyshire and MCC between 1937 and 1954 and was also a Test match umpire.

Rhodes was born at Tintwistle, Cheshire. He made his debut for Derbyshire in the 1937 season against Surrey in May in a match which saw the fall of only one wicket before being concluded as a draw. Later in the season he took 6 for 38 against Somerset. In the 1938 season he scored 107 not out against Warwickshire and had two 5-wicket innings. After an uneventful season in 1939, Rhodes peak career was interrupted by the Second World War. In the 1946 season he took 7 for 109 against Glamorgan and achieved three more five wicket innings. In the 1947 season he achieved his best bowling performance of 8 for 162 against Yorkshire and four more 5 wicket innings. In the 1948 season he scored 105 not out against Hampshire and took two five wicket innings. He made his top score of 127 against Somerset and 126 against Nottinghamshire in the 1949 season and took two 5 wicket innings including 7 for 114 against Gloucestershire. In the 1950 season he took six 5 wicket innings including 7 for 68 against Oxford University and in the 1951 season had four 5 wicket innings including 7 for 56 against Lancashire. He toured India with MCC in 1951/52 and in the 1952 season took three five-wicket innings. He was down to three matches in 1953 and 1954 before he left the first class game.

Rhodes was a right-hand batsman and played 422 innings in 275 first class matches to score 7363 runs with an average of 18.97. He scored with four centuries with a top score of 127. He took 661 first class wickets with his leg breaks at an average of 28.22, including a best performance of 8 for 162.[1]

Rhodes later joined the first class umpiring list, standing in eight Test matches between 1963 and 1973 and three ODIs between 1972 and 1973.[2]

Rhodes died at Barlow, Derbyshire at the age of 67. He was the father of fast bowler Harold Rhodes, also nicknamed Dusty.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dusty Rhodes at Cricket Archive
  2. ^ "Dusty Rhodes". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 May 2014.