Bert Ironmonger

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Bert Ironmonger
Cricket information
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 14 96
Runs scored 42 476
Batting average 2.62 5.95
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 12 36*
Balls bowled 4695 27431
Wickets 74 464
Bowling average 17.97 21.50
5 wickets in innings 4 36
10 wickets in match 2 11
Best bowling 7/23 8/31
Catches/stumpings 3/0 31/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Herbert Ironmonger (7 April 1882 in Pine Mountain, Queensland – 31 May 1971 in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia) was a Queensland, Victorian and Australian cricketer.

He was the youngest of ten children of a farmer. As a child, he lost the forefinger of his left hand (his bowling hand) in an industrial accident.

A grandstand at the Junction Oval in St Kilda, Melbourne bears his name.

A graph showing Ironmonger's Test career bowling statistics and how they varied over time.

He only made his first-class debut for Queensland at the age of 27, moving to Victoria in 1914, and his Test debut came at 46. He played Test cricket until the age of 50, and first-class cricket until the age of 53. He is the fourth-oldest Test debutant, and the second-oldest Test player, records which are unlikely to be broken.

Unsurprisingly because of his age, his Test career spanned only 14 matches, during which he took 74 wickets at an average of 17.97. In that time though he achieved some outstanding results.

  • A hat-trick against MCC in 1924–25
  • 11 wickets for 79 runs against the West Indies in Melbourne in 1930–31
  • 9 wickets for 89 runs against South Africa in Brisbane in 1931–32
  • 11 wickets for 24 against South Africa in Melbourne in 1931–32
  • He took a total of 31 wickets in the 1931–32 South African series
  • Bert Ironmonger also set the record for becoming the oldest test cricketer to take his maiden five wicket haul as well as 6fer ,7fer in a test innings at the age of 48 years and 312 days.[1] He was also the oldest ever test cricketer to take 5 wicket haul as well as a 6fer in an innings of a test match at the age of 49 years and 311 days.[2] He too set the record for becoming the oldest test cricketer to take 10 wickets in a test match at the age of 49 years and 311 days.[3]

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