Billy Zulch

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Billy Zulch
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Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 16 53
Runs scored 985 3556
Batting average 32.83 41.83
100s/50s 2/4 9/17
Top score 150 185
Balls bowled 24 210
Wickets - 5
Bowling average - 24.40
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling - 3/28
Catches/stumpings 4/- 19/-

Johan Wilhelm Zulch (2 January 1886 in Lydenburg, Transvaal – 19 May 1924 in Umkomaas, Natal) was a South African cricketer who played 16 Tests for South Africa between 1910 and 1921.

His cricket career was interrupted by World War I, but he still managed 985 Test runs at an average of 32.83, with two Test centuries — both against Australia on his first overseas tour in 1910–11.

His 105 came in the only Test South Africa won on that tour. Zulch batted for three hours, and a hundred from Tip Snooke then boosted South Africa to 482; and, despite 214 from Australian batsman Victor Trumper, and a relative failure from Zulch with 14 in the second innings, South Africa went on to win by 38 runs.

In the 2nd Test (1921) against Australia at Old Wanderers in Johannesburg, Australian fast bowler Ted McDonald dismissed Zulch by breaking his bat so that fragments flew back to dislodge a bail, and the Zulch was given out, "hit wicket".[1][2]

He died in 1924 following a nervous breakdown.


  1. ^ 2nd TEST: South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, 12-16 Nov 1921 at
  2. ^ The MCC have clarified this situation though, and in fact nowadays a batsman should not be given out if a splinter, or part of his bat, breaks the wicket, as it must be his whole bat that breaks the wicket. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 

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